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Real-life hobbit houses that you can actually stay in

As travellers turn to nature in a post-pandemic world, we share 10 real-life hobbit houses that offer the perfect retreat It’s said that humans are one of the most adaptable species on the planet. We have settled the High Arctic and explored the deep sea, making homes in the unlikeliest places. When circumstances change drastically, as they did in 2020, we are able to adapt rapidly to a new way of living. In fact, our collective slowdown last year was so profound, we saw immediate effects on the natural world.  These changes encouraged us to reflect on our way of life on an almost unprecedented scale with many of us vowing to live, eat and travel more sustainably once things returned to normal. Few of us are ready to give up luxury hotels altogether but more of us are opting for natur...

ADE Festival 2021 Moving Forward Despite New COVID-19 Regulations

Prospective attendees of the 2021 ADE Festival can safely plan accordingly after organizers announced they’re moving forward with the event in light of new regulations by the Dutch government. The news arrives on the heels of an announcement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said in a press conference yesterday that social distancing will end in the Netherlands on September 25th. Despite new COVID-19 regulations forcing clubs, bars, restaurants, and other nightlife businesses to shut down by midnight, ADE Festival will forge on as planned from October 13th to 17th. Rutte also noted that the country will begin mandating coronavirus access passes on the 25th, when patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within 24 hours. “The risk still is not gone,&...

Amsterdam Dance Event 2021 Moving Forward Despite New COVID-19 Regulations

Prospective attendees of the 2021 Amsterdam Dance Event can safely plan accordingly after organizers announced they’re moving forward with the summit in light of new regulations by the Dutch government. The news arrives on the heels of an announcement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said in a press conference yesterday that social distancing will end in the Netherlands on September 25th. Despite new COVID-19 regulations forcing clubs, bars, restaurants, and other nightlife businesses to shut down by midnight, ADE will forge on as planned from October 13th to 17th. Rutte also noted that the country will begin mandating coronavirus access passes on the 25th, when patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within 24 hours. “The risk still is not gone,̶...

#UnmuteUs Protests Spark Easing of Restrictions for Dutch Nightlife and Festivals

The #UnmuteUs movement is continuing to grow in scale throughout the Netherlands after over 150,000 took to the streets in the latest round of protests. However, a silver lining has now taken shape. Across 10 different cities, Dutch citizens have voiced discontent with the government’s COVID-19 policies and demanded nightclubs and major events—including festivals—be provided a pathway to return to the region.  This year, frustration with the Dutch government among the public and private sector has escalated as the government’s rolling ban on music festivals has pushed into September. With no sign of relenting, 70,000 protestors took to the streets in late August with the dawn of #UnmuteUs.  Recommended Articles Following the events of this weekend, however, a highly v...

#UnmuteUs Protests Spark Easing of Restrictions for Dutch Nightlife and Festivals: Report

The #UnmuteUs movement is continuing to grow in scale throughout the Netherlands after over 150,000 took to the streets in the latest round of protests. However, a silver lining may be on the horizon. Across 10 different cities, Dutch citizens are voicing discontent with the government’s COVID-19 policy and demanding nightclubs and major events, including festivals, be provided a pathway to return to the region.  This year, frustration with the Dutch government among the public and private sector has escalated as the government’s rolling ban on music festivals has pushed into September. With no sign of relenting, 70,000 protestors took to the streets in late August with the dawn of #UnmuteUs.  Recommended Articles Following the events of this weekend, however, there a...

Tactical Analysis: Louis van Gaal’s solid return to management with the Dutch National Team against Norway

Just over seven years after the end of his last stint with the Dutch national team, Louis van Gaal was back again. This time, he was replacing Frank de Boer, who faced the sack after a disappointing Euros campaign that was riddled with tactical issues. His job was, of course, to fix those problems, and the first chance he got to show some of his work in practice came against Norway in Group G of the European Qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Heading into the match, the Netherlands were second in their group and just a point behind leaders Turkey, but with both their opponents on the night and Montenegro level on points with them, a win was imperative to keep their qualification campaign on track. The first thing we got to see was, obviously, his line-up, which saw a number of key fi...

Over 70,000 Party In Dutch Streets for “Unmute Us” Protest: Watch

On August 21st, hundreds of Dutch music organizations carried out the #UnmuteUs protest through six Dutch cities. Hoping to make their voices heard amid a lack of clarity from the government regarding the future of music festivals, over 70,000 people marched in protest of the current COVID-19 restrictions impacting the arts sector. While many in the Netherlands were hopeful of the return of live music events this summer, the Dutch government reportedly had other plans. In July, officials announced an extension of a ban on music festivals in the country—lasting until at least September 19th—due to ongoing risks to public health. The #UnmuteUs protest attracted over 70,000 people. AP Photo/Peter Dejong With nowhere to turn, a flock of festival organizers planned #UnmuteUs. “A...

ADE 2021 Hangs In the Balance After Dutch Government’s “Disastrous” COVID-19 Nightlife Restrictions

The 2021 edition of Amsterdam Dance Event, the world’s premier electronic music summit, is in jeopardy after the Dutch government’s latest clamp on nightlife. Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge organized a press conference last week to announce that Dutch nightclubs must remain shuttered until November 1st. “I realize that this is again a hard message and that more was hoped for,” Rutte said. “The work in these sectors can continue, but with one hand tied behind their back for the time being.” ADE is scheduled for October 13-17, painting a grim picture for what was supposed to be the event’s triumphant return after going virtual in 2020. Organizers recently c...

“Unmute Us”: Over 450 Dutch Music Festivals to Protest Government’s COVID-19 Restrictions

In the wake of the recent extension of a ban on music festivals in the Netherlands, over 450 festival organizers have planned a protest. After months of calling for clarity from the Dutch government, it seems their patience is wearing thin as they reportedly still have not received any guidance from officials about a timeline to host multi-day events. The catalyst was the demise of Tomorrowland, whose organizers were led on for months after the government indicated a favorable outlook for the festival’s 2021 edition. However, the iconic dance music fest was forced to cancel after its request for an event permit was abruptly denied by officials.  ID&T, the nation’s largest festival production entity, recently took the Dutch government to court with the hopes of rece...

Dutch Government Extends Music Festival Ban Through August

An update to Dutch COVID-19 regulations has prolonged a ban on the nation’s music festivals for at least another month, citing continued risks to public health in the immediate term. Over the last few months the relationship between world-renowned Dutch festival brands and the government has soured, to say the least. Despite high hopes for a triumphant 2021 return for Tomorrowland, among other events, festival organizers continue to cite a lack of clarity in regulation and direction from the government as the cause for their indefinite postponement.  In the case of Tomorrowland, as recently as June the government indicated a favorable outlook in terms of their efforts to green-light a 2021 edition in late August. By late July, the festival had been cancelled after their app...

Dutch Electronic Music Festival Leads to Over 1,000 COVID-19 Infections

Dutch electronic music festival Verknipt is under fire after being linked to over 1,000 coronavirus infections. The outdoor fest, which took place on July 3rd and 4th in Utrecht, attracted approximately 20,000 people over both days. According to CNBC, every attendee had to show a QR code that validated vaccination, a recent infection, or a negative test. However, Dutch officials were “shocked” to discover the number of new cases. “We cannot say that all these people were infected at the festival itself; it could also be possible that they’ve been infected while traveling to the festival or in the evening before going to the festival or having an after-party,” said Lennart van Trigt, a spokesman for the Utrecht health board. “So they’re...

“It was a tough choice” – former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star announces retirement

Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football today. The former Netherlands international initially hung up his boots in 2019 before reversing the decision to return to his first club Groningen last season. Injuries and the coronavirus pandemic derailed the winger’s second stint. He has now announced his retirement with an emotional message on Twitter Beste voetbalvrienden, Ik heb besloten om te stoppen met mijn actieve voetbalcarrière. Een heel moeilijke keuze. Ik wil iedereen bedanken voor alle hartverwarmende steun! Groetjes, Arjen pic.twitter.com/aAEdxdL5tU — Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) July 15, 2021 “I have decided to end my active football career,” he wrote. “It was a tough choice. I want to thank everyone for their heart-warming support!” The club also issued a statement: ...

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