FIVE WAYS TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR CHILD AFTER SCHOOL

After six weeks of summer vacation, I find myself going back to our school time routine. However, as I reflected on last year’s first week of school experiences, I realized that it was so easy to let the new school year go by. Last year, we…
Sand Sculptures Zandvoort
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European Championship Sand Sculptures in Zandvoort

This year marks the fourth subsequent European Championship Sand Sculptures in Zandvoort aan Zee. The sculptures will remain on show through October. Between August 15th and 21st, seven ‘carvers’ from different European countries…
Amsterdam
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30 TOTALLY FREE THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is an expensive city. Sure, the rent prices are exorbitant and it's not exactly cheap to go out .... unless you're doing one of these 30 activities!    1. Watch the random action on the Dam Square or Leidseplein Sure,…
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Important facts for the first step to elementary school (Photo: Leóny Lasschuit)

Important facts for the first step to elementary school

  In this article I focus on the first step towards the (regular) education: Elementary School Where should I start picking a good elementary school? Once your child is 4, it's time to attend school. But before the 4th anniversary…
Heineken bier
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The Netherlands world’s second-biggest beer exporter

Dutch brewers hit in 2014 a record high as world’s second-biggest beer exporters.  Dutch breweries exported an all-time record 1,6 billion euros worth of beer last year, surpassing 2013 exports by four per cent, Centraal Bureau…
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Free Music Festival: Haarlem Jazz & More

Once a year the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe takes place in our fantastic city. This year the festival will be held from August 19 – 22, 2015.   Artists/bands will perform here and play different types of music. Think of: Jazz, Pop…
Greenjoying Loosdrechtse Plassen
Dutch holiday maker has more often sex
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Dutch holiday maker has more often sex

Nearly three-quarters of the Dutch have more sex on holiday than at home. This results from a research of Radio 10 for the radio show Tim in the morning. In particular caravan owners profit of the holiday atmosphere: 90 percent of them say…
ProefPark Haarlem
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Interview ProefPark Haarlem: We want a culinary revolution

Most Haarlem Foodies know that ProefPark Haarlem is coming up, but do you know the ins and outs of the event? Read about them in Haarlem Foodies’ interview with the man behind ProefPark Haarlem, Sjors van Wezel. The weather is nice, a beautiful…
Dutch gin
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Dutch gin best in the world

In the United States the gin of the Dutch distillery Rutte in Dordrecht has been nominated the best in the world. Three products won double gold. It concerns both the Dry Gin Dry and the Dry Gin with celery. Also the Dutch gin Old Simon…
GREENWASHING

Greenwashing in cosmetics

Last week during one of my meetings - the subject of this blog post found me. It comes up in one form or another, in every single meeting I have and in every casual conversation with people I meet when we talk about green beauty products. “Do…
Objects of Attachment
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Objects of Attachment

One expat has moved six countries, another across three continents, another moved eighteen houses, what objects did they always choose to take with them? Or after a while objects did not matter? What objects do people take with themselves,…
Hunger for stories: Barbara, from Veneto to Haarlem

Hunger for stories: Barbara, from Veneto to Haarlem

Stories are among my  main driving forces, since I can recall. Even now that I’m a grumpy almost-old man, I cannot cure my craving for stories. Here's the story of Barbara. I blame and thank my grandma for that, the one with the name…
New: Sugar And Spices Bites
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New: Sugar And Spices Bites

The couple Umang and Jalpa had a clear vision: they wanted to create a place where you can have a casual drink, where you can have lunch or dinner, with the Indian cuisine as a starting point –without the cliché curries-, paired with excellent…
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Today: last Parksessie

If you are free today, this is a tip. Parksessies is a small and creative event in the city park Haarlemmerhout, plenty of arts, theatre and music in a summer picnic atmosphere. During Parksessies the parc is transformed by theatre and…
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Staying connected with your partner while visiting family this summer

If you’re like me—and most other international couples—I’m guessing you can also find visits to extended family a super challenging experience. Particularly when that visit involves multiple days at a time. I’ve been focusing a lot…
Greenjoy Boat Renting: Special 20% Discount for expatsHaarlem and Haarlem Photo Club members (Photo: Greenjoy)
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Greenjoy Boat Renting: Special 20% Discount for expatsHaarlem members

Wow, it’s amazing.. SUNNY WEATHER IN THE NETHERLANDS! Can you believe it? Why not making the most of it then? The weather forecast seems to be pretty awesome for the coming week! Let's hope even weeks! Are you – like many others – eager…
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Renting a Boat in Haarlem

Renting a boat in Haarlem for a few hours in much easier (and more affordable) to do than one might expect. Now that the weather is nice, it might be something to think about doing. This article is a review about my experience with renting…