See the Netherlands by Train (Photo: Nick Ferrara)
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See the Netherlands by Train

The weather is starting to get nice again and at least for me that means time to get out and explore.  Did you know that it is possible to travel all through the country for a whole day for around €15?  That's a great deal and I'm going…
Haarlem, our "Little Amsterdam" (Photo: Nick Ferrara)

Haarlem, our "Little Amsterdam"

When I was getting ready to move to the Netherlands four years ago I was told living in Amsterdam would not really be feasible because of where my job was.  I was heart broken but soon learned that Haarlem is actually a little Amsterdam!  It…
Big fire in monumental building Haarlem (Photo: Michel van Bergen, Haarlems Dagblad)
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Big fire in monumental building Haarlem

This Saturday morning a big fire attacks a monumental building in the old centre of Haarlem. The building is completely in flames. The Haarlem fire brigade is trying to prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding properties. The inhabitant…
Dutch language required for social security: "no Dutch, no welfare" (Picture: RTL Nieuws)
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Dutch language required for social security: "no Dutch, no welfare"

Who doesn't speak and doesn't want to learn the Dutch language, will lose his welfare within a year. The law "no Dutch, no welfare" should be applied from next year. This is a bill that State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs sent…
The government has extended the leave regulation (Picture: Arianna Ardia)
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The government has extended the leave regulation

If a mother dies during giving birth to her child, the father will get from now on her maternity leave. This should ensure that the newborn can count on the care of a parent in the first period of his life. This plan of the Minister of Social…
Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

This recipe is a free adaptation of the French quiche but made with spring onion, bell pepper and bacon, perfect for a light lunch or for the weekend! It takes no more than 30 minutes to be ready to serve and it is really quick and…
Free show at the City Theatre (Photo: website Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt )
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Free show at the City Theatre (May 6th)

Vuile Was with Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt. Yvonne is a symbol. A symbol of young, creative, ambitious people who apparently live a shiny and happy life, but encounter a huge thick wall. Bam!  Generation Y. The Y of Yvonne. The generation…
So you want to Speak Dutch - It is Possible! (Photo: bol.com)

So you want to Speak Dutch - It is Possible!

A lot of people that I have met over the years show a lot of interest in learning Dutch at first but soon become very unmotivated because no matter how hard they try it seems that everyone always answers them in English... even if they try…
Glennis Grace live in charity concert at open air theater in Bloemendaal (Photo: Twitter)
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Glennis Grace live in charity concert in Bloemendaal

Glennis Grace gives a benefit concert on Thursday, June 19th at open air theatre Caprera in Bloemendaal. The concert, which is part of her theater tour, will raise money to keep young girls abroad away from prostitution. Free a girl…
Five WWII bombs found in dunes Bloemendaal (Photo: Haarlems Dagblad)
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Five WWII bombs found in dunes Bloemendaal

In the dunes at Bloemendaal five old bombs from World War II are found. It is about four bombs of 500 kg and 1 of 250 kg, reports the municipality of Bloemendaal today. The aircraft bombs were found in a so-called investigation research for…
Downloading illegal
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Downloading from illegal sources: as of today officially forbidden

Illegal downloading didn’t exist in the Netherlands. Now it does. As a consequence of a judgement of this morning of the European Court of Justice about the unfairness of home charge copy, illegal downloading of movies, music and other…
House prices rise in the Haarlem area (Photo: NVM)
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House prices rise in the Haarlem area

For the first time in three years, house prices have increased on year basis. Houses were in the first quarter of this year 1.2% more expensive compared to the same period last year. This is what the Dutch Association of Estate Agents NVM announced…
A lot of tick bites in our dunes
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A lot of tick bites in our dunes

The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Tekenradar counted almost 9.000 tick bites. People sent 1.500 ticks to the RIVM Institute. 20% of these seemed to be transporters of…
Dutch Wingman condom makes “furore” in Germany (Picture WN)
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Dutch Wingman condom makes “furore” in Germany

The Wingman condom is presented these days at the Hannover Messe, the most important industrial fair in the world. Here the Wingman condom, also known as the one hand condom, got a lot of attention.  The Bild, the biggest German newspaper…
Still 7.4% of the Dutch use end of live Windows XP
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Still 7.4% of the Dutch use end of live Windows XP

On the last day that security updates about Windows XP were offered, 7.4% of the Dutch consumers and companies still use Windows XP, the outdated operating system of Microsoft. In the Netherlands the usage of Windows XP is however lower than…
Striptease as company outing of day care in Aalsmeer
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Striptease as company outing of day care in Aalsmeer

Day care teachers enjoying together a striptease of a tattooed male specie. Funny? Maybe, but as a mum of 3 todds my first thought was: not mine! Day care KieKeBoe in Aalsmeer held a particular company outing: a striptease. At the end of…
If you hear sirens and it is Monday don't panic!
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If you hear sirens and it is Monday, don't panic!

Loud sirens? On Monday? Don't panic! In Haarlem and elsewhere in the country the first Monday of every month at 12:00 the air raid is tested to check whether the sirens work anywhere and can be heard, but also to keep the alarm system in the…
Restaurant review: Toujours fish & meat
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Restaurant review: Toujours fish & meat

Last week my hubby and I tried a for us new restaurant in Haarlem: Toujours, on the Oude Groenmarkt. We had passed by many times but always doubted about entering. A quick view in the entrance gives a good impression, thanks to the modern, stylish…
Duinrell: a fun day out or family vacation
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Duinrell: a fun day out or family vacation

Duinrell is an amusement park located in Wassenaar, close to The Hague and Leiden, approximately 40 minutes driving from Haarlem. It’s wonderfully located in the forest and dunes and nearby a wide beach and the park itself is one of the most…
New Music "from Haarlem": Jacqueline Govaert, White Nose, Myriam West, The Name
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New Music "from Haarlem"

A music hit: Jacqueline Govaert, Songs To Soothe; Haarlem rock/punk: Yorick van Noorden & White Nose, The Hype; Jazz and blues: Myriam West, From now on, Haarlem metal: The Name, Unchained A hit: Jacqueline Govaert, Songs To Soothe The…
Dutch Movies - De goede dood, Plan C, Taped
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Dutch Movies - De goede dood, Plan C, Taped

A few suggestions for some new Dutch movies. No subtitles. De Goede dood Het succesvolle toneelstuk uit 2008 is nu verfilmd met dezelfde cast, onder wie Huub Stapel, Wil van Kralingen en Peter Tuinman. Een tragikomedie over het aangekondigde…
Books - Legal thrillers of Bram Moszkowicz and Leon de Winter
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Books - Legal thrillers of Bram Moszkowicz and Leon de Winter

The top ex-lawyer Bram Moszkowicz and the writer Leon de Winter from Bloemendaal and partly Los Angeles are writing a new trilogy: Legal thrillers. Bram Moszkowicz writes the first part and Leon de Winter the second part of Legal Thrillers.…
Housing costs in Haarlem lowest, Zandvoort biggest riser. (Photo: RTL Nieuws)
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Housing costs in Haarlem lowest, Zandvoort biggest riser

The Association Owned House, put the housing costs for 2014 in all Dutch municipalities in a row. A comparison between the municipalities in South Kennemerland shows that Haarlem has the cheapest housing costs. Zandvoort shows a huge increase,…
This could happen to you too: a bunker in your garden! (Picture: Facebook Haagse Bunker Ploeg)
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This could happen to you too: a bunker in your garden!

Imagine yourself gardening: Oops! A bunker!  This happened in IJmuiden to the family Van Koot. They were arranging a car trailer when wheels hit a concrete edge. Of a bunker! From WW II. After 11 years that the family was living there. The…
#babysuiting. Craze sweeps the internet (Photo: MommyShorts/Instagram)
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# babysuiting. Craze sweeps the internet

Babysuiting: Babies dressed in adult suits are the new hype on the internet. The babysuiting trend was started by MommyShorts blogger Ilana Wiles, who said she ‘woke up and decided to make babysuiting a thing’ on Instagram. Since…