Me and The Hague my home town


The Hague a good place to live
I love the international character of my city. Originally from Australia I have lived in The Hague since 1989. The plan was to stay for a couple of years but now more than 20 years later I am still here.

Growing up in The Hague I used to hang out a lot in the city centre. I even met my Tunisian husband in a café down town. Now we have two daughters and live in Escamp, the south west part of city.

I work in the Archipel neighbourhood at the WBII, an international network for entrepreneurial women. The WBII focuses on small business entrepreneurs creating a network for like minded people. We organise business-focused events and connect the international members to the local businesses creating unique networking opportunities.

lisa rouissi

Last year I even started my own business Orange Buzz offering web solutions for both businesses and individuals to improve their online presence. I enjoy sharing my online know-how and helping others get the most out of the internet. Being a self confessed web-junkie my business is an extension of what I was already doing. With over 5 years blogging experience, is my main blog, I now have multiple blogs. This year I joined forces with HappyHotelier setting up this blog to promote my home city.

Somewhat of a gypsy I have lived in different parts across the city and love each part for very different reasons. There is a lot to see and do but even now I still discover new places and things to do. While one day I might move abroad I plan to stay here until then and I really do miss The Hague when I go abroad, or even to other cities in The Netherlands, feeling instantly at home once we cross over the city limits.

Experiment: Our Own The Hague Daily?

Our own Maurits inspired me to create The Hague Daily by Absolutely The Hague! as an experiment on It is a good read on an Ipad!

It’s an experiment. The content is scraped from tweets of The Hague Tweeps. The disadvantage is most Tweeps there twitter in Dutch and not in English. offers a widget, but that doesn’t work here, because the blog is not self hosted (yet).

More/better ideas?

Yes in jotting this down the answer is very simple: Just base The Hague Daily on a list of English Language Tweeps….

I’ll continue and try to fine tune this experiment.

Absolutely The Hague meets Hofstijl

Photo by: Haagsche Suites

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit one of the Hague’s best kept secrets: Haagsche Suites, a hotel owned by Guido van den Elshout (@HappyHotelier). Behind the facade of a townhouse situated between the city center of The Hague and the beach resort Scheveningen, he and his wife Irene run a small but very luxurious hotel with three large suites. The interior is just fingerlicking gorgeous, and a beautiful garden tops it off.

The purpose of my visit was not a stay however, but a meetup with the bloggers of Absolutely The Hague and Hofstijl. A diverse group of people who share two interest: their passion for the city of The Hague, and their believe in Social Media and sharing stuff. Absolutely The Hague aims at English speaking people, be it expats, tourists or people taking interest in The Hague. The Hofstijl blog – on the other hand – is written in Dutch and takes a somewhat non-conventional view of our city with beautiful stories, photos and videos. The goal of this first meeting was to share experiences and see if we could collaborate in certain areas.

It was a nice meeting, and sure hope this will be the start of a fruitful collaboration. Thanks, Maurits Burgers (@MauritsJF), Melinda Roos (@MelindaRoos), Suzy Ogé (@suzyoge), Lisa Rouissi (@koffiekitten), Marco Raaphorst (@Raaphorst), Karin Ramaker (@metkcom), Ellie Brik (@EllieBrik), Niek ‘t Hart (@interniek), and of course, Guido van den Elshout (@HappyHotelier).

Photos by: Henry Soenarko
* This was originally posted on

Why Absolutely The Hague! ?

I was born in The Hague, lived there until I went to university and then lived a long time in several other places in The Netherlands. Luckily I returned to live in The Hague in 1996. In 2002 I started operating Haagsche Suites. In 2004 I started Blogging.

I’m biased, but The Hague is an excellent city to work in, to live in and an excellent city to visit. I just want to tell this to the world out there in the English language. Because:

  • The Hague has a small problem. It is known by three four different names:
    1. It’s original name is ‘s-Gravenhage,
    2. It’s common name is Den Haag
    3. The English speaking world knows it as The Hague and
    4. The French know it as La Haye

    So it ain’t easy to look it up in Google just try :-)

  • There are many excellent resources on the World Wide Web, but many of those are only in the Dutch language and although there are quite a few Dutch speaking people, there are many more English speaking people.

I cannot do this on my own and am looking around to get as many more people on board to tell the world about our common passion, The Hague. I hope this will become a one stop source of inspiration for fellow and future The Hague lovers. Initially it will be hosted on the platform, but it certainly will be moving to it’s own platform in the future.

I’ve found an excellent backer in Lisa. Lisa is currently on the verge of going on holiday, but you will certainly be hearing from her in the future.

We’ve decided not to plan this venture too much. We’ve only been sparring a bit about a proper name. We hope it catches you!

From there we’ve decided to dive in and to see how it develops as a community project.

What do you think?

Last edited by Happy Hotelier on July 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

The Start

We have been brainstorming about a name and it has become Absolutely The Hague!

Today is the day of the FiFa WorldCup final between Spain and The Orange team of the Netherlands. Before working further on this project I’ll have to watch the match:-)

Unfortunately the Dutch football team lost in the last couple of minutes in the extension from the Spanish team. The Spanish were just a little bit better than the Dutch. It showed in the number of free kicks and yellow cards the Dutch got during the match. It was like watching the Dutch beating Brazil: In that match the Brazilians were the ones getting more and more frustrated, in this final the Dutch showed their frustrations more and more. Our congratulations to Spain.

On an historic note it was curious to see the crown princes of both countries watching this game brotherly seated next to each other in the VIP lounge. Two kingdoms in a world where republics are more en vogue nowadays…

Ah and I found a suitable photo! Our queen Beatrix giving the start sign.
Last edited by Happy Hotelier on July 14, 2010 at 5:oo pm