We have moved to Rijswijk in February, and even though it is not as nice and pretty as in Delft (where we used to live), we have found that it is a warm, friendly, international neighbourhood. And especially in Rijswijk, we have found that Rijswijk offers a genuine and heartfelt welcome to all new residents.
A few months ago, I woke up to find a BuurtKadoos, a box full of certificates and gift cards. I loved exploring my new home town. Last week, we were sent a letter, informing us that as new residents of Rijswijk, we were invited to the VIP tent at the opening of the Strandvalfestival- which, in short, means 3 days of concerts, children’s activities, and shopping.
When we arrived at the VIP tent, we were given a goodie-bag, with an information leaflet, a book about the battle of Ypenburg, and two balloons! On top of that, a bottle of rose wine and an umbrella were in the bag as well.
We then could mingle with other new residents, many of them international people, and we met some Dutch residents as well. There were snacks (including bitterballen, because can you have a snack without bitterballen?), and drinks. There was music and dancing (in Klara’s case).
Herman Klitsie, the mayor of Rijswijk, held a speech where he mentioned that he is a new resident of Rijswijk as well- and he was only made mayor in June 2012, so that long either. He highlighted Rijswijk’s many green parks and interesting locations. Of course, he had to mention the fact that we were standing on the very spot where the Treaty of Rijswijk was signed in 1697, making this a perfect location for welcoming new residents.