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My First Dutch Bike

I am London born and raised. The only people who cycled in London are brave and perhaps a little reckless. I was certainly not one of them. I had no need to cycle in London. I had buses, trains and the tube. So coming to live in the Netherlands…
ExpatsHaarlem
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I wish my friend ....

The best beer in Haarlem! Ask your friend to like and follow (notifications on) our Facebook page and let him /her win a Jopen beer gift package (€ 12,50). ExpatsHaarlem will raffle a Jopen beer gift package among the likers from 29 November…
Caprese
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THE secret of Italian cooking and "Caprese destrutturata" recipe

There's something I've clearly noticed in the 15 years that I've been working as an Italian cooking teacher: the Italian cuisine is probably the most loved of ALL cuisines. Almost everybody seems to enjoy our pastas and the other simple and…
Eye Museum
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The EYE Museum, Amsterdam

Standing on the bank of the river IJ, across from Amsterdam Central station, the EYE Museum is an impressive piece of architecture. There is a fine balance between being impressive as a structure and being imposing, and the museum achieves…
Thanksgiving
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to all our readers! Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada and is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize…
Designwezen
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This Sunday winter edition of Designwezen 2015

Our member Valentina Spinelli asked us to share an event in Haarlem that she is co-organizing: the winter edition of Designwezen, the only 100 % handmade market in Haarlem, this Sunday, November 29, 2015. Valentina is an expat mum in Haarlem. Along…
Haarlem Connect (Photo Haarlems Dagblad)
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Haarlem Connect Event: the eve, the speech, the photos

On October 30, 2015 expatsHaarlem welcomed (again) in a joint event with our new partners, the City of Haarlem and Marketing Haarlem, more than 200 internationals of Haarlem to our wonderful city. Speakers were : - Arianna Ardia-Wenink,…
Haarlem
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Haarlem 770 years!

Next Monday 23-11 exactly 770 years passed since Haarlem received municipal rights. The North Holland Archive celebrates this special occasion with all the inhabitants of Haarlem and in particular Haarlemmers who - like the city - celebrate…
Germany Holland match )photo: Michael Sohn_AP)
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Germany Holland match cancelled after explosion threat

Tuesday night’s football friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled shortly before start because of a concrete threat of an explosion in the stadium. No explosives were found. Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told…
Eiffel Tower PhotoFrank Augustein_Associated Press

The Eiffel Tower is shining again in bleu, blanc et rouge

The Eiffel Tower was dark for two nights, a symbol of Paris in mourning. At 6 p.m. yesterday, it lit up again, brilliantly illuminated in blue, white and red as a show of national solidarity. Anne Hidalgo, the city's mayor, requested…
Terrorism (photo: Ksayer1 ob Flickr)
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Answering our kids' WHY question on terrorism

Since the events of 13/11 in Paris, perhaps you've seen the articles on “How to talk with your kids about terrorism.” I read several useful tips, yet for me, as most parenting guide go, I especially liked "trust your intuition—you know…
Intocht Sinterklaas
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

On Sunday, November 15th Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) will be back with his helpers in Haarlem.  The boat from Spain is on its the way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocolate letters and pepernoten but who and what will Sinterklaas…
Haarlem City of Light
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Haarlem City of Light

Tonight the festivity lights will be put on. Where in the city do you like the illuminations most? 25 years ago, in 1990, the Stichting Haarlem Lichtstad (Haarlem City of Light Foundation) was founded. Since then the Haarlem City of…
interview
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month November

Every month, I take interviews, revealing great expat stories and advise. Whether you are an expat or thinking to become one, you can enjoy these stories. Some of you might relate and some may find interesting advise. Arriving in a new country…
‘sexual consent and tea’
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New brilliant ‘sexual consent and tea’ video from the English police

Sex and consent is a difficult issue, mainly because something that seems so simple is continually ‘misunderstood’ in rape cases. Thames Valley Police made an easily comprehensive and effective video on this subject. One of our readers brought…
voluntary work
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Half the Dutch do voluntary work

Dutch people are champions in voluntary work. Almost half the population of the Netherlands does some form of voluntary work at least once a year and 30% do it on a monthly basis, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday, November 5,…
Vacancies
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Job vacancies increase in the Netherlands

The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recently released the figures of the open positions of the Dutch labor market. This reports show that, despite the large growth differences between the regions the labor market has increased. The…
Zijlstraat
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Zijlstraat is where it's at

Have you been in the Zijlstraat recently? There are so many new and exciting things to try there. From craft beer to cajun food, and even organic candy. There are a plethora of new things to try and here are just a few of them. Zijlstraat,…
Wonder Wander
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Exhibition i WONDER i WANDER today in De Lichtfabriek

De exhibition i WONDER i WANDER in De Lichtfabriek (the old the Light Factory) is part of Kunstlijn Haarlem. Themes of the exhibition are Alice in Wonderland and the big questions: Who are we? What is reality? The Light Factory is…