'Buurman & Buurman'
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'Buurman & Buurman' turns 40!

The Dutch very popular characters, loved by adults and kids, are turning 40. To celebrate Pathé Cinemas are showing an hour long special daily until the 6th April 2016.  For those who do not know what 'Buurman & Buurman' is 'Two…

The Connecting Power of Anger

(Note: we're continuing with the theme of anger, this time how it has the power to connect--with yourself and with others--with new communication skills.) If you’re anything like the old me, you’re probably confused at the notion that…
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City Beach de Oerkap Opens April 1st

Who doesn't know the Oerkap, our Haarlem City Beach along the Spaarne, within walking distance from the Haarlem station. They are almost finished renovating, so it is time for the opening party on April 1st! And that's no joke. The Oerkap…
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Bloemencorso 2016 Flower Parade

Hey, did you know that the annual Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is starting soon? The Flower Parade is a parade of about twenty floats and more than thirty special floats, decorated with an abundance of flowers. The theme for 2016…
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TORTA PASQUALINA, EASTER PIE FROM LIGURIA

At home we always eat this savory pie for Easter. It is, together with pesto, the most classic and recognizable dish from Genoa and was made every year by my grandmother Maria, my father's mother. As a child I thought it was wonderful…
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EASTER SPECIAL: OVEN-BAKED SALMON WITH HONEY AND MUSTARD

This is one of my most popular recipes and a guarantee for success ;-). Try it out and enjoy the cooking, the meal and the company without any stress. Buon appetito! This is a very simple recipe I made with my experiments-in-the-kitchen…
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Football legend Johan Cruyff dies from cancer at 68

Dutch worldwide football legend Johan Cruyff has died at his home in Barcelona at the age of 68. Cruyff, a three-time Ballon d'Or winner, had been fighting lung cancer for over a year but told last month he was feeling "very positive"…
Keukenhof Gardens open till May 18th
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Keukenhof Gardens open from today till May 16th

Enjoy the fabulous sea of flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. With 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and probably the most beautiful spring park in the world.  Keukenhof Gardens…
Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground, is open
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Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground is open again

Speelparadijs Linnaeushof: the biggest playground of Europe! So close! Linnaeushof is located in Bennebroek, a 15 minute drive from Haarlem and Leiden, just some more from Amsterdam and The Hague.  During the whole season (April till…
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Fire in future asylum for refugees in Haarlem

Sunday morning a fire broke out in the former nursing house Boerhaave in the Louis Pasteurstraat in Haarlem. The fire was discovered around six o'clock. It is officially still unclear what the cause of the fire was, but it's presumably arson. From…
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Hoofddorp station evacuated after possible threat

The station in Hoofddorp was evacuated Tuesday morning after a possible threat. It concerns the international train from Brussels that is still stopped. Passengers are transported by buses. ProRail talks to newspaper Haarlem Dagblad about…
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Final Sale for V&D

The owners of V&D have announced that they will be temporarily open for a liquidation final sale across all their department stores. V&D declared bankruptcy in December 2015 but continued to operate till February 2016. The…
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Explosions at Brussels Airport and Metro System

Several explosions have struck Brussels airport and the metro system, causing at least 13 deaths, according to Belgian media. Two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport shortly after 08:00 local time. An hour later,…
Interview month Vahe

Interview of the month March

This month I introduce you to Vahe. From Armenia to the Netherlands for a "normal life". As my mission is to help people integrate in new cultures or new languages, I take regular interviews with expats, revealing personal stories,…
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Fun at the Fair

It is nearly that time of the year when the Grote Markt turns into a Fun Fair! Yipee! This is a great excuse to let your children run riot while you drink coffee on a sunny terrace or if you're anything like me, this is the perfect time to let…
Gluren bij de Buren Photo: Haarlem Marketing
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Gluren bij de Buren Haarlem

Today: 73 living rooms and 219 performances by local artists. During Gluren bij de buren (Peeking at the Neighbours) the public can visit different living rooms spread out in Haarlem to see and listen to local talent. Gluren bij de Buren…
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Filet americain of Albert Heijn? Bring it back!

Did you buy filet americain (steak tartare) at the Albert Heijn? You can better bring it back to the supermarket! AH recalls part of its packagings AH filet américain naturel 160 gram because of risk of infection with intestinal bacterium Listeria. Packages…
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Haarlemse Lente 2016

From 18th to 20th March Haarlemse Lente (Haarlem Spring) takes place for the fifth time. A long weekend entirely devoted to the thriving contemporary art scene in Haarlem, at museums, galleries and artists' initiatives. This year's title is,…
Pillow Fight (Photo: Pillow Fight Facebook Page)
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Pillow fight!

Hey, did you know its international Pillow Fight day coming up soon? If you relish the thought of being whacked repeatedly by a pillow then you should check this out.  The global event is organised by, ‘The Urban Playground Movement.’ ‘One…
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It's official! Women need more sleep than men

Research shows a lack of sleep leads to greater health issues in women than in men. Women need an extra 20 minutes more in bed, according to a scientific study. It turns out women really do need a lie-in, according to scientists. A…
Keukenhof (Photo Katie Joy)
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How I survived Keukenhof

Are you planning on visiting the world’s largest spring flower garden? If yes, then this is the article for you!  Keukenhof is a great family day out, even if you don’t like flowers. Here is my survival guide. Be prepared for crowds.…
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Sixth car fire in ten days time in Haarlem

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday is a car in Haarlem again went up in flames. Around one o'clock a car fire was discovered at the Muiderslotweg. A parked cab was in flames. When the fire department arrived meters high flames rose…
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Haarlemmermeer Heroes

Car ends up in ditch Vijfhuizen: bystanders save mother and daughter (4). This weekend a car ended up in the water along the Drie Merenweg (N205) in Vijfhuizen. Some Mud Masters participants, driving along the site of the accident rescued…
International Women's Day
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Happy International Women's Day

Women have come a long way in this world, and rightfully so that progress is honored every year on March 8. What is International Women's Day, you ask? Obviously, we don't need a designated holiday to celebrate the ongoing strength and courage…
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Woman kills baby, "looked too much like lover"

A gruesome story from Romania. A 27-year-old mother has killed her newborn baby because she found out that the child looked more like her lover than her current husband. No similarities Elena Smocot was home alone with her 4-year-old son,…
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Johnson & Johnson admits: their baby products contain cancer-causing chemicals

How is it possible that trusted corporations, headed by mothers and fathers just like you and me, sell potentially cancer-causing baby products? Any kind of carcinogenic material shouldn't come into contact with things we put in and on our bodies,…
Anger
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Anger: how to understand and express your hostile emotions

Anger is one of the most powerful and primary emotions of human beings. With the improvement of living conditions in modern societies, we would expect to see its presence decreasing, but is that actually happening? Tantrums, fights in the street,…
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My List Of Tips And Advice For The New Expat To The Netherlands

I can gladly say I have been living in Haarlem for 2 years. Now with the New Year started I decided to reflect on my time here. I decided to compile a list of things I wished I knew before I moved here.  Of course, everyone’s experiences…
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Deer have a wild Saturday night in Zandvoort

On a regular Saturday night, the police mostly have their hands full with drunk bar-visitors. Last Saturday night agents in Zandvoort had suddenly to escort a very different group. There were some deer on the streets of the village center.…
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Hundreds of explosives detonated in IJmuiden

Yesterday morning hundreds of explosives found since December last year in IJmuiden were set off. It involves smaller explosives, especially grenades. The explosives are from the Second World War, when IJmuiden was under heavy fire.…