Koek-en-Zopie Skating Experiment

Koek-en-Zopie; do you know it?

Join us on Wednesday 13 December for a unique Dutch Koek-en-Zopie* happening: ice skating! A huge skating rink will open this winter on the hockey fields, only 1.7 kilometers from our campus.

–          Always wondered how the Dutch beat both water and ice? Koek-en-(especially) Zopie is the answer!

–          Never skated on ice before? An instruction by an experienced skating instructor is included!

–          Ever tried skating with seals? This is your chance, it’s an experiment after all!

From 17.30 – 19.30 you can learn how to skate with the best.



Buy your tickets at the brand new front desk next to Food Plaza, in the Sanders L-building (option ‘I’m Employee’ and then ‘Campus Facilities’) for just 7,50 euro per person, allowing you

–          1x entrance

–          rental of a pair of (ice hockey) skates

–          free seals

–          a 20 minute class with an experienced skating instructor

–          a cup of soup to warm you up

–          the glow of hundreds of lights (very “gezellig”)

–          excellent winter holidays feeling

In case your Dutch colleagues are really jealous now and want to join you, great! Just please refer them to the online ticket shop of the Schaatsbaan. The (limited) number of tickets is meant to ‘culturalize’ you…

Ticket sales opens at November 1st and closes at December 6th, or until we are sold out. 

PLEASE NOTE: if you want to stay after 19.30, you can of course do so, but mind the required renewal of the rental skates and buying your own food & drinks. The Schaatsbaan is fully cashless: pin payments only, or buy a prepaid card with values of 10, 20 or 50 euros on the spot.

For more information see the website of the EUR (HR International): https://www.eur.nl/english/workingat/welcome_to_eur/events/koek_en_zopie_skating_experiment/

* Koek-en-zopie is short for the food and (alcoholic) drinks sold in winter in small pop-up shops close to the ice. The term goes back a long time, and its popularity stems from having escaped Dutch laws and regulations about the making and selling of alcoholic drinks [‘soopje’]. Until the 19th century, this was regulated under Dutch law as long as it was taking place on land and water – but ice was never mentioned. So every cold winter also brought along an explosion of koek-and-zopie-shops. (As well as gambling- and whore houses, but that is a different story).

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