Entries by Katie Joy

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 stick to the palate. 2) Almnäs Tegel, Sweden Its distinctive “slab” shape is an homage […]

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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 explore the Vijfhoek Haarlem. Get lost in the holiday feeling of alley ways, unique shops, terraces, flowers, […]

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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 to provide a home to catholic ex-pats and migrants living in the wider Haarlem region.  The church is […]

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 cat is notoriously shy, so how do you prove they are […]

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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 started in 1980 by Ilco van der Linde and has become the largest free outdoor festival in the Netherlands. Approximately 150,000 people, […]

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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 weather is going to be shocking.   Don’t fancy […]

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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 moved into our own home and of course, being in a friendly neighborhood, our Dutch neighbors […]

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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 […]