Recent Activities

Business Lunch: 1st get-together in 2018

After a brisk walk from the train station on a cold, rainy and dismal January day, it was a relief to reach a warm, inviting and tranquil oasis in the bustling Friedrichstraße.

Thank you to our Business Lunch Coordinators, Carol and Jacqueline, who once again made an excellent choice of venue for our 1st get-together this year. We revisited the Westin Grand Berlin Hotel for an extended lunch. A long table had been set up in the spectacular lobby bar and lounge for our large group and we were soon catching up with friends old and new, relating our various festive season experiences in a convivial atmosphere in typical BIWC fashion. We all enjoyed the wonderful stylish ambience with its grand staircase and the Christmas tree chandelier, not forgetting the tasty menu.


The Business Lunch menu is available on weekdays 12:00 -15:00 and changes every week. The 3-course menu comprises a starter, main course (fish, meat or vegetarian) and a dessert. A soft drink and a cup of coffee are included. €19 for 3 and €14 for 2 courses.

Julia Lang, (UK), webteam member, has some more to say about her memories of this spectacular venue. Image courtesy of the hotel’s website.

Science Group: Textile Toponyms

At their last meeting, BIWC member Christine again provided the Science Group with interesting insights into her enormous knowledge of textiles. She explained the origin of the names of certain textiles and, at the same time, offered to let us see and feel some samples from her immense fabric collection. Christine explained that you can find an indication of the fabric’s origin in a place name, the name of a commercial center or in the name of a person.

Here are some examples of each category.

Angela Andersen, Science Group Coordinator (Sweden)

Sew Creative thanked for their support of the children’s hospice service of the Björn Schulz Foundation


Sewing beautiful things every month for a good cause. That’s the motto of BIWC’s Sew Creative Group and this is what the Björn Schulz Foundation thanked us for. The members of the group were invited to attend the Foundation’s appreciation event, an event for volunteers and those committed to support the Foundation. The members of the sewing group were invited to the Ballhaus Berlin, a dance palace with a long-standing tradition. We were welcomed at the Ballhaus by a clown. Then we had coffee and cake, followed by a delicious dinner buffet. We were all thoroughly spoiled with these culinary delights. Following a comedy show, the staff of the Foundation gave speeches informing us about the development of the ambulant children’s hospice and the volunteer work of the Björn Schulz Foundation. Of course, there was also time for chatting and it was a cosy get-together.


All in all, these were wonderful hours spent together and this time without our sewing machines! 

Beatrix Wehle, Sew Creative Group Coodinator (Austria)

Cook In & Dine Out: Paella, the most traditional Spanish dish

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

At one of the many events organised by Cook In & Dine Out, many Club members experienced an exquisite touch of Spain at a paella cooking demonstration at Diana’s home.
Diana and Natasha prepared two delicious versions of paella. One featured chicken and roasted vegetables. The second was a seafood paella with black tiger shrimps, clams, mussels, calamaris and peppers. Diana discussed methods for preparing the special cooking broth and accompanying rice. Members enjoyed the savoury aroma of the simmering paella while conversing and drinking sangria.The delectable paella meal ended with tasty tiramisu and a lovely apple almond cake.

Thanks very much, Diana and Natasha! Hopefully the Paella Party will become an annual tradition!

BIWC Member Kathy (USA)

Spanish Speakers 20th Anniversary Party

With great enthusiasm and after a long time, all the Spanish Speakers, partners and friends came to a party and celebrated 20 years of the Spanish Speakers’ group in the BIWC. We were very happy to have Angelika, founder of the Spanish Speakers, at the party.

Spanish is the mother language of many countries. Every guest brought a dish from their country, so that the dinner was impressive and delicious; after dinner, dancing was a must as it is in our countries.

We are very grateful to our Bolivian member Ambar and her husband Matthias who hosted the party in their beautiful house.

Coordinator of Social Events and Spanish Speakers Diana (Peru)