Entries by Katie Joy

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A fire on a train in Haarlem Station

About an hour ago, a fire has broken out on a train in Haarlem Station, platform 4. Currently fire fighters are extinguishing the flames and have, so far, reported no causalities. Services between Haarlem, Bloemendaal, Heemstede-Aerdenhout, Overveen and Spaarnwoude are disrupted and are not running.   For up to date information please visit the Haarlems […]

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Gluren bij de Buren

In 92 living rooms spread throughout the city of Haarlem, you will discover local performing artists. In each living room will be performances by local artists. Each performance will last 30 minutes at set times throughout the day.  Each house taking part is never no more than 5 minutes bike ride away. On the official […]

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Warung Mini in Den Haag

‘For nearly two decades Warung Mini on the Amsterdamse Veerkade in The Hague’s city center has been a popular place to eat for the locals in (and outside of) The Hague area. Warung Mini literally means ‘small shop’ in Indonesian, which also refers back to the owners’ roots.’ Find out more about this restaurant via […]

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Alternative facts about the Netherlands

In the world of alternative facts I thought it would be helpful to show you the sides of The Netherlands you probably, maybe, very unlikely didn’t know about this high land country.   Take a look at Leiden;     A typical Dutch house;   The Albert Heijn;     A Dutch bike;   Amsterdam; […]

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15 Funny Dutch Words

On your journey on learning Dutch (yes it is a journey, a rather large one) you will come across some ‘funny’ phrases and words. Why beat around the bush when you can be direct like a Dutch person? Here are 15 funny Dutch words I have, so far, come across. Prepare to be amazed.   […]

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Fire in Dekamartk Haarlem

The Dekamartk on Schalkwijkerstraat, Haarlem has suffered damage due to a fire on Monday night. The local fire brigade arrived with multiple units to extinguish the blaze. Because of the smoke, residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.  The fire was under control around midnight. A statement released by the fire department said, ‘…the […]

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Haarlem Council may veto the University in The Dome

It has come to light that Haarlem Council may refuse plans for turning The Dome into a University. The plans to make this happen are too costly and will take too long to achieve. The municipality would buy the monumental building  for 6.4 million euros and immediately resell it to the group,  Panopticon. The group had […]

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Cashless Travel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB announced of its aims to make all public transport in the capital cash-free in 2017. From March 26th, all buses in Amsterdam will cease to accept cash payments. For night buses, this rule will take effect from February 1st. Currently trams are not yet affected; GVB aims to make trams cashless […]

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A University in Haarlem is proposed

A University in Haarlem is made possible in the former Dome Prison. The Haarlem group, Panopticon, have made plans to convert the monumental building into a University- College, which can house 600 students to live and study. Also on the plan is to build new restaurants, studios and rehearsal rooms in the grounds of The […]

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The population is growing

Since 2008, the population of The Netherlands has grown in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam as live births and migrants to the cities outnumbered the amount of deaths and people who left.   Growth According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the population of the Netherlands grew to at least 17,1 million people […]

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The most popular Dutch baby name list has been published by SVB

The popular names list is published every year by the social insurance bank, SVB. 88,494 boys and 84,286 girls in total were born in the Netherlands in 2016. Here is the list of the most popular names; TOP 10 Girl Names 2016 (with various spellings) Sara/Sarah/Zara (1.046) Sophie/Sofie (961) Anna/Anne (903) Lisa/Lize/Lise/Liza (859) Evi/Evy/Evie (834) […]

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National Tulip Day

The start to Tulip season officially begins on Dam Square in Amsterdam.  The event is organised by Dutch tulip growers who build a unique tulip picking garden on Dam Square. Anyone can come and see the tulips and pick your very own, for free! Tulip season is inaugurated officially on National Tulip Day; January 21st. […]

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Dutch electric trains are fully powered by wind energy

The Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by the national railway company, NS. The two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS electric trains should run on wind energy. “So we in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” said Boon. An increase […]

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The Traditional Dutch Birthday Party!

It is my birthday today. (On a Wednesday, I know! Middle of the week birthdays suck!) And of course I have been asked by various friends how am I planning to celebrate? This year I think I may have a quiet celebration with just my partner and have a romantic meal. (I might have a […]

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Jopen Festival

Haarlem goes back in time outside the Jopen Kerk! The Haarlem Historical Festival is a relaxed atmosphere, with upbeat sounds, various artisans demonstrating their craft and the restaurant ‘t Good Time serves delicious dishes.  In the fourteenth century Haarlem grew into a major brewer city in the Netherlands, this is a celebration of that.  Come and […]

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ProefPark Haarlem final weekend of August

The summer edition of ProefPark Haarlem will be held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, August 2016. What is ProefPark? ProefPark is a festival of cuisine from all around the world offered in food trucks! Participants include What Els, Ecopizza, Curryup, Pass the Peas, Miss Little Pancake, Aunt Tapas, Duck & More, Wrap ‘n’ Rollin and […]

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Sand Sculpture Festival

Are you good with a bucket and spade? This years Sand Sculpture Festival has started and is free for anyone to see the artists work in progress and the final results until the end of October.  This year the theme is, ‘Amsterdam Icons.’ This summer, international artists will compete to create the best work at […]

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Final Weekend of EuroPride in Amsterdam

This weekend is your last chance to celebrate universal love in Amsterdam with EuroPride 2016.  EuroPride, first held in 1991, takes place in a different European city every year and is being hosted by the Dutch capital in 2016 to mark 20 years of the Amsterdam Gay Pride organisation. This year the event has the […]

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Haarlem Culinair is here!

Get ready to gorge yourself on the delicious culinary treats that Haarlem has to offer.  It’s that time of the year when the Grote Markt in the center of Haarlem is turned into a foodie paradise. Restaurants in Haarlem are offering their cuisine to visitors (at a reasonable price) each day from the 4th August […]