With World Health Day taking place on 7 April, health and happiness have been big topics this month. The good news is that there are countless opportunities in our communities to get out, and be active and adventurous. If you would rather relax, why not meet other global minds for a picnic instead? In many of our communities, spring is finally here, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and smell the flowers.
And then, of course, there was Easter! Our members enjoyed this holiday weekend together, between Easter treats and treasure hunts.
Hiking Trails, Biking Lanes, and Big Adventures
Staying happy and healthy is an important part of expat life and it is something best achieved together. Many of our groups focus on physical activities like hiking or cycling but other groups also like to explore the outdoors and be active every now and then.
On Monday, 10 April, the Edinburgh City Trotters got out of bed early for an energizing morning walk up Arthur’s Seat. The fresh air and the breathtaking view got everyone in the mood to start off the day on the right foot.
The New York Fitness and Recreation Group got out of the city on Saturday, 15 April, for a spring walk in Westchester. The quaint towns along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail were well worth a visit and, although the sun hid behind the clouds, the trees were already blooming.
On Sunday, 23 April, the Bordeaux City Explorers took their vélos out for a spin. They cycled from the center of town to Lignan de Bordeaux, about 20 km east, where they stopped for a relaxed lunch and explored the area.
Are you feeling adventurous? Then you should join the Lisbon Outdoor and Sports Group as they head to an adventure park on Saturday, 29 April. Together you will do the Mega Circuit, which ends with a 200 m zip line.
Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket
InterNations Berlin started the Easter holidays early this year by celebrating with an Easter Treasure Hunt. On Saturday, 8 April, members gathered for the usual monthly event that came with a little twist: little treasures hidden all over the venue.
On Thursday, 13 April, global minds in Lyon celebrated pre-Easter with XL drinks, extended happy-hour prices and a magnificent view of the opera. Everyone left refreshed and in the right mood for the upcoming long weekend.
The Montpellier City Trotters enjoyed a nice Easter picnic on Saturday, April 15. The sun came out just in time for everyone to spread their picnic blankets and share some Easter treats.
Easter treats were also the main focus for the Rotterdam Coffee Group. On Saturday, 15 April, group members gathered at Olala Chocola to make some delicious chocolate eggs and learn more about the art of chocolate making during a two-hour workshop.
All the Pretty Flowers
As the seasons are changing all around the world, many of our communities can delight in the fact that the temperatures are rising, blue skies are becoming more common, and flowers are blooming everywhere.
The Istanbul La Dolce Vita Group attended the Tulip Festival together on Sunday, 16 April. This time each year, the city turns into a beautiful splash of color. But for a real tulip treat, this group headed to Emirgan Park to explore the gardens and enjoy brunch at the local restaurant.
Flowers are also the theme for our Strasbourg Photography Group. On Sunday, 23 April, group members will head out to capture the magic of this season in detail. Macro photography is the focus of this flower power activity.
On Friday, 28 April, InterNations Cairo will welcome the season in the traditional way: with a big spring party. The great view of the city and the Nile are just a bonus because what better way is there to celebrate than to hit the dance floor and make some new friends.
In Brussels, global minds are also dancing to celebrate the beginning of spring. The official spring party on Friday, 28 April, starts with a nice dinner at the venue, immediately followed by the actual party.
How are you enjoying your free time this month? Whether you are exploring hiking trails, meeting friends for a picnic, or eating remaining Easter eggs, let us know about it in the comments.
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