Randstad Rant

Please excuse me while I rant for a moment.

*deep breath*

Why do so few expat/event-related websites recognize Utrecht? There are four main cities that make up the Randstad of the Netherlands (with their surrounding cities, of course), AKA the four main cities: Amsterdam, Den Haag (The Hague), Rotterdam, and Utrecht. You’d never know Utrecht exists to see some of the websites. Even the Democrats expat group has events in the three other cities, but not in Utrecht.

It’s not as if we don’t have stuff going on, either. We’ve got the monthly Cultural Sunday, all sorts of other festivals and theater events, and this month we have the big Uitfeest event, but none of that ever gets mentioned on the websites that tell expats (and others) about what’s going on in the various cities.

We’re not some dinky, backwater city, either. We’ve got one of the major universities, so that means lots of international students and professors. There are big international companies in the general area, with international workers living in the area in and around Utrecht. There are plenty of other random expats in and around town here for a number of reasons. And as I said, we are one of the four major cities. So why do we always get left out of stuff?

I know there are numerous other cities in the country with their share of expats, and they don’t get much attention either, but they’re also not as centrally located as Utrecht. We’ve got the central train station! Everyone has to go through Utrecht! (OK, a slight exaggeration, but not that far off. Anyway, it’s my rant and I’ll exaggerate if I want to!)

Sorry, this is a pointless rant, but I received another monthly expat-related newsletter today with a listing of various events in other cities, and once again Utrecht was not on the list, even though the Uitfeest really should be on there, if nothing else. And yes, I did write to them (politely and calmly) and point out the upcoming event, which they will most likely add to their site’s calendar. It’s the principle of the thing, though.

*calming breath*

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, stay tuned for the boat story that is the continuation from yesterday’s breaking news. They weren’t exaggerating when they said it was an interesting story!