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A Farm Day for Diplomatic Kids

Chonvipat Changtrakul, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Thailand and her son Sira

By August Zeidman

Sunday, September 18 was a rainy, windy day in The Hague. Nevertheless, this did not stop a group of diplomats and their families from gathering together in t‘Waaygat City Farm in Scheveningen.

Diplomat Magazine invited families with young children to come together in order to bridge new connections in the diplomatic community and for kids and parents to enjoy themselves in the fresh air. Bedecked in raincoats and with umbrellas at the ready, those who came to brave the weather were in for a lovely family-friendly morning.

For those posted here in The Hague, it is only fitting that they learn that rain can never stand in the way of a good time, c’est la vie.

Mr. Hironori Hara, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Japan and his family.

Attendees joined from Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Iran, and others, making themselves a fine crew. The children amused themselves with the playground, and with the variety of animals on the city farm. The rabbits were a favorite, and someone had even brought some carrots for the kids to feed them. Parents weren’t left out of the fun and, while supervising their children, they all managed to catch up with each other and enjoy some quality conversation.

Yekaterina Makulbekova, from Kazakhstan with her kids.

t’Waaygat on Havenkade is one of ten city farms in The Hague and, like many parks in the city, is on the site of a since-filled canal. Opening in 1978 it provides a great opportunity for city children to learn about and spend time around some animals they would not otherwise have many chances to see such as cows, rabbits, chickens, and goats.

A raining farm day for all.

Rain was no barrier to having such fun from everyone’s first arrival. Children were speaking and sharing one language with their parents, and another amongst themselves.

Everyone was offered a lunch bag and Diplomat Magazine is already looking forward to the next edition of this successful event (and maybe a drier one too!)

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