Barcelona GO!
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Barcelona GO!

BARCELONA in Flow Motion - A fast moving short film.... TOO COOL! Gold prize winner at Timelapse Showfest 2014. 1 million plays within 5 days of launch. Commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board, this fast moving, short film showcases the…
Dutch stairs
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My troubles with Dutch stairs

Since I have been in the Netherlands, I have troubles with stairs. I fell down  from the stairs of my house several times, the last one just yesterday: I slipped down and  I made the last five steps with the lower back. I can assure you that…
beauty
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About beauty and why I couldn’t see it in the Netherlands

When you own just 2 cents, you should buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other one”. In this ancient Chinese saying, in my opinion, we can find one of the engines that move the Universe: as human beings, we need beauty…
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Australian mum turns Bratz dolls into Regular Girls by Removing their Heavy MakeUp

“These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a “tree change”, swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint…
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Miss Judged: More than meets the eye

"This is a CD, do you know what a computer is?" This was my first encounter with unmasked ignorance in Europe, more specifically the Netherlands. It was merely my second day in this wonderful country I have grown to love and I was already feeling…
Manual mode

For The Beginning Photographer- Start Taking Photos In Manual Mode In The Next 10 Minutes

Trying To Learn To Take Photos In Manual Mode Without Learning These Basics Your Photos Will Get Much Worse BEFORE They Get Better. 3 videos to start getting into manual mode. John Yakubik, professional photographer living in Southern…
Dutch Wedding
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Planning a Dutch Wedding: One Big Adventure

By a miracle some foreign brides find themselves a romantic Dutch man (yes, romance + Dutch are in the same sentence!). Knowing having a wedding in the Netherlands could have some shortfalls like dry cake with marzipan or fondant, high chance…
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The best 5 tips for effective speed cleaning

As an expat mother, I do not always have the time and /or the energy to keep the house clean. While we are running after the children, trying to keep the deadlines and work and still squeezing friends visit in our weeks, it is one of the nightmares…
kindness
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Did you miss “Random Acts of Kindness” Week?

Random Acts of Kindness Week took place 9-15 February, 2015. But that’s o.k. if you missed the news – there’s never a wrong moment to be kind. And who couldn’t use some kindness in their life. My favorite RAK is receiving unexpected…
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Uiltje Bar: A new place for craft brews

Maybe you've already hear of them or tasted had their beer but did you know that they will be opening their very own café this weekend?! That's right, Brouwerij het Uiltje will be opening the Uiltje Bar at Zijlstraat 18 in Haarlem on Saturday…
Albert Heijn
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Albert Heijn broke the rules with its ‘crystal’ glasses

The crystal glasses of Albert Heijn should not be labelled lead crystal. They don't contain lead. The supermarket group Albert Heijn broke the advertising standards rules by suggesting shoppers could save up for the highest quality crystal…
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Windmill De Zandhaas: passion in the polder

When you think of the Netherlands, images of windmills surrounded by a flat colorful polder landscape in the water pop up in your mind. In fact it's one of the oldest Dutch crafts: Miller. But what is it like nowadays? Watch the unique story…
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Dutch man is bad lover

Dutch men are the second worst lovers in Europe. They are worse than French, Spanish and Swedish lovers. At least, according to the female members of Ashley Madison, a site for people with a relationship. The booby prize goes to the…
Valentine postcards (Photo: Daniëlle Martens)
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Happy Valentine Free postcards and lipstick kisses!

The Dutch postcard company PostNL makes this year valentine very special: postcards that are posted with a lipstick kiss before 13 February 17:00 are free of charge. How does it work? Place a real kiss with lipstick on the corner of…
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Virtual Photo Challenge: FOOD

MAKE & UPLOAD YOUR BEST PHOTO, VOTE AND BE PUBLISHED! What is a virtual challenge? The virtual challenge means that there is no physical event but we go away and photograph photos in keeping with the chosen theme and then post them…
Nonviolent (Photo: Imgarcade)
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In Search of Clarity and Connection (what Nonviolent Communication can bring)

There I was, inside a circle of 30 workshop participants. I’ve never liked being in the spotlight, never saw myself teaching, and I was feeling quite nervous and scared. And then, within the span of about one minute, I felt calm, safe, and…
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The Foodie goes to SAN SEBASTIAN

First, San Sebastian is the culinary capital of Spain (and Europe's cultural capital in 2016). This northern Spanish seaside resort has much to offer, especially concerning food. Indeed, it is the city with the most starred restaurants per square…
Challenges of Expats

Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month February

In my goal to support expats, I present you this month’s interview. Let me introduce you to Joyce Poorter. She takes us all the way back to her Australian roots.  Being an Expat, was it easy or challenging? Why did she leave her native…
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Things NOT to Say to an Expat

ExpatsHaarlem's friend & worldwide known comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding just made a new video in which he gives directions for small-talk with an Expat. About Things NOT to Say to an Expat. And suggestions about what to say instead. Watch…
Long-distance relationships ( Photo by Flickr user liquene)

Long-distance relationships

Working as psychologist in Amsterdam I often meet people who have relationship issues: long-distance relationships, mixed couples and mutual adaptation, migrant couples struggling to reinvent themselves. The therapeutic environment is a good…
Pizzeria Back to Basics
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Pizzeria Back to Basics

Recently the Zijlstraat and a few other streets in Haarlem have attracted new restaurants.. Since I'm a foodie I always happily volunteer wher/whenever possible to test new places. So.. what better than to try 'm out?! I heard good stories…
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expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Work

The expatsHaarlem Work section is yet another service that expatsHaarlem has developed to make your life in the Netherlands and in Haarlem in particular a little easier. In this Work section you can read everything about the Dutch labour…
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LE CHEF'S LIST 100 OF THE BEST CHEFS IN THE WORLD

A list of the 100 Best Chefs in the World has been created by the French magazine Le Chef. The magazine polled over 500 two-to-three Michelin starred chefs around the world and asked them each to provide five names of chefs they thought…