Indian
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India Corner, the best Indian restaurant in Haarlem

I am actually quite well acquainted with a good Indian takeaway. A born and bred Londoner, we have a strong palate for what is a good curry and what is not. In this multicultural city, you will find Indian restaurants galore and a curry…
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Haarlemse Vaardagen 2017

Boats, boats, and MORE BOATS! But not just any boats… BEAUTIFUL, AUTHENTIC DUTCH SHIPS! That’s right! Right here on our beloved Spaarne in Haarlem, it’s Haarlemse Vaardagen 2017! Come view these crafted Dutch ships FOR FREE from…
trakteren
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What does 'trakteren' really mean?

Just that one little Dutch word can send everyone running. Children because it's exciting and usually something delicious, adults because it's just one more of those things expected from you when living in the Netherlands. Anyone living…
Haarlem
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The Haarlem Hound Challenge

My favourite kinds of Haarlem dog-walkers are those who are unafraid to let their dogs be dogs. Roaming nature, following scents and socialising with other pooches is exactly what a dog walk should entail. Many of us share our homes and…
elderly
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You should check in on your elderly neighbours

Has the West lost its ability to care for the vulnerable in society? Taking care of our own families is increasingly difficult in the 21st century; especially if some members live abroad and far away from other family members. The UK…
ExpatsHaarlem Housing Event 2017
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Photos & Video Housing Event 2017

At this event reliable selected professionals told all there is to know about the legal, financial, tax and practical matters of renting, letting, buying or selling a home in the Netherlands. Look at the photos and the video of this great Housing…
parksessies
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Parksessies Art Festival

Love to listen to live music from local bands? Have an eye for installations made by local artists? Want to experience creative culture for all ages while relaxing in the beautiful summer weather? Come to the Parksessies Art Festival! Parksessies…
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Five Dutch snacks that will clog your arteries

As I eat my way through the delicious high in fat, high in sugar Dutch snacks, I often wonder why I don’t see more obese people in the Netherlands - then I almost get run over by a bike and realise that they have institutionalised exercise…
Italiano per bambini
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Italiano per bambini

Incontri con un misto di lezioni, giochi, canzoni in italiano e cucina italiana. Età: 3-8 anni Durata: 1,5 ore. Costo: € 12,50. Incluso: materiale educativo, limonata, biscotti, verdure crude (carotine, pomodori e sedano) e se in…
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Saying goodbye for a healthy start.

“Goodbye…” It’s such a powerful and emotive word, isn’t it? And, as we will see, it’s more than just a word to signify a parting; it’s a way to complete a cycle. By saying healthy goodbyes we bring a sense of closure and ready…
ignorance
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I am from Tanzania, not Tasmania.

“Hello, I’m Edna and I come from Tanzania”, I introduce myself to a stranger at an expatriates event. “Oh, the devil! ”, he exclaims. Huh…did he just refer to me as the devil!? I contain myself and suppress the need to sarcastically…
International School Haarlem
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International School Haarlem has chosen Op Stoom as their childcare partner

Are you looking for an International School and English speaking after school care in Haarlem? From the beginning of the new school year (2017-2018) this will be possible. The International School of Haarlem (ISH) and childcare Op Stoom are…
roof top
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DeDAKKAS: A new green pavilion restaurant on the roof of a parking garage!

Saturday the 10th of June saw the start of the crowdfunding campaign for DeDAKKAS – a new green pavilion restaurant on the roof of the Kamp parking garage in the center of Haarlem.   DeDAKKAS is a project which has known challenges…
Bart
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Masterchef winner opens own restaurant.

If you've ever wanted to take a seat at Masterchef winner Bart van Berkel's table, you will soon get your chance in the center of Haarlem. The winner of the tv-programme Masterchef will open the doors of his very own restaurant on the 10th of…
dogs
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Hot dogs: a guide to summer with your four-legged friend.

As a dog trainer who often works outside, I feel it’s essential that all my fellow dog lovers and owners are aware of certain dangers. Whilst the Summer months are indeed delightful, they are accompanied with seasonal dog-owner duties and…
Spaarne Concert
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Spaarne Concert July 1st.

The 2nd edition of the popular SpaarneConcert will take place in Haarlem on Saturday July 1st 2017. National and local musicians will perform together on stage between 19:00 and 23:00 hours. Everyone is welcome, young and old, to come…
expat interview
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Interview of the month June 2017

While supporting expats with integration, their confidence and languages, I share these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Moving countries is such a change, and how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be challenging. Let’s…
Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer
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A fantastic program during Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer 2017

The Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer comes back again. From Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, 2017, it's full enjoyment in the Haarlemmermeerse Bos in Hoofddorp.   History Almost as old as the polder itself: the Concours Hippique…
Haarlem Shopping Night
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Haarlem Shopping Night

Have you noticed any of the posters dotted around town lately? Yes, that's right, it's almost Haarlem Shopping Night! The city of Haarlem warmly invites all shopping enthusiasts to visit the city centre on Saturday 17th June. During the shopping…
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Happy Haarlem Photo Scavenger Hunts

A great way to meet new friends, meet the locals, explore Haarlem and have lots of fun. A fun event for tourists too! Explore the city, solve the clues and take a snap Sounds like fun and wanna know more? We will meet at 14.00 on Sunday 9th…
parents
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About to become Expat Parents?

Pregnancy and the bleary days of being new parents can be a tumultuous time. When you’re not on home ground it can be especially unsettling. But there are upsides to having a baby in a different country. You get to share the experience…
Childbirth
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Childbirth Preparation June/July Monday/Tuesday 2017 (Amsterdam)

The trainers suggest that in order to take part on the course you need to be in your third Trimester, at least 26 weeks pregnant. This course is designed for couples and  runs for five sessions every Monday and Tuesday starting on June 5th…
Interview of the month
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Interview of the month May 2017

My mission is to inspire people, by speaking and writing, but also by interviewing expats. Living abroad is such a change, which can be fun and scary at the same time. I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advices…
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Housing Event 2017 & Social Networking Drink

Planning to rent, let, buy, build sell, renovate a house? Wanting to know how to get the best of your life abroad, know more about the International School Haarlem, or are you just interested in a social networking drink? This is the event…
European Cheese

30 European Cheeses to Try (Or not)

Do as the Europeans do and eat cheese. Have you tried any of these European cheeses?   1) Afuega’l Pitu, Spain Its name is derived from the local  dialect and means “choking cake”, because its unusual texture can make it…
kleverpark
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Kleverpark Festival is happening this Saturday

It's that time of year again and Kleverpark will be hosting their annual festival for the 33rd time. Kleverparkweg, Schotersingel and Van Ostadestraat transform into Kleverpark Festival grounds and stalls. This year, Kleverpark celebrates…
comfort zone
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Life Outside the Comfort Zone

“I am alive!” We should always carry this awareness with us as a background melody for each moment of our lives. It gives life a deeper meaning and value. Unfortunately, we often forget this simple fact and begin to take our presence…
art in vijfhoek
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Art in the Vijfhoek

The Vijfhoekkunstroute is an annual art event in the special Vijfhoek district in Haarlem. More than 100 artists from Haarlem and surrounding area will be exhibiting their work. Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and…
Mass
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Mass in English is available

 A weekly Mass in English will be offered in the Haarlem region. Masses will be celebrated at Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart church, Valkenburgerplein 19 in Heemstede. "Everyone is welcome to join us in worship. We’re particularly motivated…
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Top ten Expat Books.

Recently a bumper crop of well-received books written by or for expats have been published – from the serious to the scandalous, the droll to the dramatic. In no particular order, here is Expat Bookshop’s top 10 titles, including a couple…