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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Wildcats are making a come back.

First noticed in South Limburg, wildcats is hard to identify with it's tabby like stripes and the body that is almost the same as an ordinary house cat, according to studies, the wild cat is back and on the move towards the north.  The wild…
Bevrijdingspop
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Haarlem is celebrating freedom with Bevrijdingspop.

On May 4th and May 5th, Haarlem is going to be celebrating freedom with a music festival called bevrijdingspop throughout the city. The city of Haarlem celebrates freedom in the festival called Bevrijdingspop.  The freedom festival was…
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Haarlem - a “kindervriendelijk” city

Once you become a parent in the Netherlands, you’ll probably find that kindervriendelijk becomes one of your most frequent google searches. Your dinners out will turn into deliveroos and you’ll see yourself changing your favourite wine bar…
Kings Day 2017
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Kings Day Haarlem 2017

If you haven't heard, it's Kings Day on Thursday. It's time to drill holes into your house for that flag pole (if you haven't already got one), grab an orange item of clothing, paint your face red, white and blue and wrap up warm because the…
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Tips on how to overcome loneliness.

Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is a universal human emotion, yet it is both complex and unique to each individual. Your experience of it may be different…
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The time I was invited for ‘drinks.’

There are times when my English culture and the Dutch culture collide into a mass ball of miscommunication. Sometimes the outcome is amusing, sometimes it’s just plain confusing. I was invited for drinks. I and my English partner recently…
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Bloemencorso Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2017

Enjoy this weekend the unique Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek.  Colourful floats decorated with bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils will be towed past you along the route. Between the 19th and the 23rd of April the annual…
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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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Interview of the month April 2017

While supporting people with integration and languages, I interview expats each month, revealing personal stories, tips and advice.  How is the life of an expat, and how can one feel ‘’at Home’’ abroad. Challenging,  or not? This…
Haarlem Kermis

Haarlem Kermis Grote Markt

The Haarlem Kermis in the Grote Markt happens every year in the two weeks around King's Day. But wait, what does "kermis" mean. Kermis is Dutch for "fair" as in the traveling kind with rides, games, carnival food, etc. And while the Grote…
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2 turven hoog theater festival also for non-Dutch speaking visitors

On Monday,  April 17th (Easter Monday 2nd) is again 2 Turven Hoog,  highly qualified performaces in Haarlem that make part of the Language No Problem Theater Programme that can be attended to by adults and kids and non-Dutch speaking visitors. It…