loneliness
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The loneliness behind a “professional” mask

Wanting to come across as having it together, on top of it all, near perfect—my definition of “professional”—has been a lifelong strategy of mine. Some might say it’s an American cultural thing. I can’t be certain of that, but I…
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Food Soul Festival Amsterdam, January 29-30-31, 2016

Amsterdam loves food trucks. We love food trucks too! And that's why we're going to the Food Soul Festival in Amsterdam on January 29th, 30th and 31st! It's going to be a weekend full of yummy food and nice soul music. THE perfect combination! The…
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Monopoly Haarlem is coming

How many of us played Monopoly as a kid or maybe even still play it today? Did you know that the streets and landmarks in the game come from the famous gambling city Atlantic City, New Jersey in America? You may have even seen other versions…
Interview
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January

This month I introduce you to a wonderful English lady, named Alison Mills. From London, England, to now living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Enjoy her true story ☺ Each month, I write these interviews, revealing great stories and advise. If…
Tulip
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National Tulip Day Celebrations in Amsterdam

The past week has been the most "wintery" of the season in the Netherlands, and yet spring is already a twinkle in a Dutchman's eye. The third Saturday of the new year is National Tulip Day, or Nationale Tulpendag. I still…
ProefPark Haarlem
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Second ProefPark Haarlem Winter Edition

The second ProefPark Haarlem Winter Edition will be held on 12, 13 and February 14, 2016 during the Valentine's weekend. The location for the new PreofParkHaarlem winter location will be the Hendrik Figeeweg 3F, in the old Van Vessem…
Blogger
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The Hague to open bloggers house to promote the city

This coming summer season The Hague  will open a beach house exclusively for Dutch and international travel bloggers and vloggers. It is the first city in the Netherlands to make a building available to writers as a way of promoting the city.…
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Do you also want Dutch restaurants to serve tap water?

Some 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on Dutch restaurants to place a carafe of tap water on the table without being asked. Research by TNS Nipo shows 75% of restaurant-goers have been refused tap water, even though most…
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Tony's Chocolonely, fair chocolate brand if you want to go nuts

Today we published the article "Beware: Is There Child Slavery in Your Chocolate?", a handy guide to make us aware and to help avoid buying chocolate products produced by child slaves and to let us know which chocolate brands are the fair ones.…
Chocolate
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These 7 Popular Chocolate Brands Exploit Child Slaves

US Uncut published a handy guide to make us aware and to help avoid buying chocolate products produced by child slaves. More of these products are available in the Netherlands so we want to spread the word here as well. Mars, Nestle, Godiva,…
David Bowie
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Legendary artist David Bowie dead aged 69

Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died after of cancer at the age of 69. A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he "died peacefully, surrounded by his family" after an "18-month…
Station Haarlem
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The Night Train will Ride in Haarlem

Yesterday in an announcement from Gemeente Haarlem, it was made know that the night train will start running in Haarlem beginning in 2017! This is amazing news for some of us that have been living here for a long time and have been hoping…
New Year's Drink
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expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016

Let's meet and celebrate the New Year together!  We wait for you on Friday, January 29, 2016.   WHAT: expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016 WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:00 PM to 10:00 P WHERE: Societeit Vereeniging PROGRAM -…
ToneelgroepAmsterdam
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Big Theater Deal Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Toneelgroep Amsterdam invites the international community in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam for 2 theater events: an introduction to Toneelgroep Amsterdam and its program and the play performance The hidden force for international audiences with…
dead (Foto: Michel van Bergen)
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New Year celebrations: one dead and several injured in Haarlem

Knife attack leaves one dead and several injured in Haarlem.  A 22 years old man called Sjeddy was killed and several people injured in a violent incident on the Zomerkade in Haarlem early on Friday morning, the police reported on Twitter. Exactly…