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Autumn 2022 – A time of change

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ACCESS Stories

8 Cover Story
Ready for take-off

14 Education
A life of languages

20 Arts & Entertainment
It’s as easy as A.B.C.

22 International Community
Interpreting justice

26 Health and wellbeing
The power of a home-cooked meal

30 Dutch Society
Open to inclusivity

35 Dutch Lifestyle
Acccess is accessing

40 Food
Home thought from abroad

42 Review
Amsterdam calling

Dear ACCESS readers,

I hope this finds you well, and that you enjoyed a beautiful summer. As we move to a new season, I am excited to present our autumn magazine: A time of change.

When I began writing for ACCESS in 2016, I never imagined that six years later I would be putting together my first ‘Letter from the Editor’. I was already proud to write for the magazine and am now delighted (if somewhat daunted) to take over the editor role.

The creation and production of this edition brought a steep learning curve, and the publication would not have reached the printers without the support of the ACCESS organisation, our talented writers, and wonderful designer. I must also mention my predecessor Steve Voyce for his guidance and unyielding patience. Thank you all.

In this edition, our cover story–by Katarina Gaborova–focuses on mental health and gratitude. Lee Hitchcock shares the history of the American Book Center in our Arts & Entertainment piece, and Molly Quell investigates interpretation and translation for our International Community section.

Meanwhile, Daphne Vlachojannis and Mimi Potvin write about multilingual matters, Joanna Bouma examines inclusivity, and Olivia van den Broek-Neri explores bicycles and cycle paths. Sandra Silva serves up a culinary tip, Giulia Quaresima handles our review, and Elizabeth Hewitt introduces us to the foundation Thuisgekookt.

We also have details about schools, legal advice, and the IamExpat Fair in October.

I hope you find the content interesting and useful, and if there are topics you might like to see featured in the future, please email me. Although just transitioning into autumn, the ACCESS Magazine team is already looking ahead to winter and thinking about our next publication–due out in early December. We will once again endeavour to bring you an informative edition.

Until next time, take care and… happy reading! 

Tracey Taylor

P.S. A bit about me… I am from Bantry (southwest Ireland) and have lived abroad for over 20 years. I have been in the Netherlands since 2008, and Maastricht (South Limburg) is home. I live with my hubby Dave and our cat, Little Tubbs. When not at my day job (management assistant), I enjoy photography, yoga, reading, writing, playing piano, and singing in a choir.