New Year
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Why New Year’s Eve is My Least Favourite Day of the Dutch Year

Those bangs you heard already in November? The ones that made you think for a split second that a gun battle had broken out in your Dutch neighbourhood? Those bangs are the reason I’ve always looked forward to a Dutch New Year’s Eve as…
festive season
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Help! I got the festive season blues

The festive season and end-of-year celebrations are supposed to be the most joyous time of the year: fancy dress, gourmet foods, decorations, lights, parties, music, gifts and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But this is…
Haarlem Jazz Wintereditie
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Haarlem’s Christmas carol singalong

Harlem Jazz & More Winter Edition with Christmas carols (Kerstsamenzang in Dutch) set against the backdrop of Haarlem’s historic buildings of the Grote Markt starts tonight at 19:00. The Christmas carol singalong at the Grote Markt…
Haarlem Connect 2016
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HAARLEM CONNECT 2016: THE EVE, THE MOVIE, THE PHOTOS

It was a night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. It was great to see you there. Here are the movie and the photos. Can't wait to see the movie or the photos? The Haarlem Connect…
Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016
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Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016

For the fifth time Winkeliersvereniging Raaks, Café Brilliant and Jopenkerk Haarlem join hands to organize the Haarlem Winter Beer Festival. The Haarlem Winter Beer Festival is this weekend, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, 2016.…
Kerstmarkt Haarlem (Photo: Haarlem Marketing)
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Overcrowded Christmas market Haarlem in the top 5 of the Netherlands

The Christmas market in Haarlem is one of the biggest in our country. And overcrowded. The municipality expects this weekend more than 200,000 visitors! You are warned.   In the second weekend of December the city centre is completely…
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My First Sinterklaas

This past weekend on the evening of December 5th, I celebrated my first Sinterklaas. I first learnt of the old Dutch custom earlier this year when moving to Haarlem with my Dutch boyfriend. As a Canadian new to the tradition, I would like to…
Sinterklaas
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Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus

They both work in the same sector, wear red, and have a big white beard. For Piet's sake: what's the difference?  The Big Day Sinterklaas: Sinterklaas' "heerlijk avondje" / delicious is 5 December, although Sint arrives with a steamer…
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

This Sunday 13 November, St Nicholas will once again be arriving on the river Spaarne to visit the city centre of Haarlem. The boat is on its way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocoladeletters and pepernoten but who and what will…
Jip & Janneke (image: Annie M.G. Schmidt)
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Crafting a lantern for Sint Maarten

On November 11, it's Sint Maarten (Saint Martin)' s Day. Sint Maarten is a great children’s event! Ringing doorbells, singing songs at the doors in exchange for a treat (sweets, mandarins or even some small coins) and - as darkness falls -…
Donald Trump President
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Donald Trump Elected President Of The United States

Say “President Donald J. Trump.” Say it three times, “President Donald J. Trump.”. No. Noo... really? Now we will have to say it again and again. Because it's official: Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. In…
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Haarlem Connect 2016

A night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. Inspiration, information, social networking and fun!  Join the biggest connection event for internationals in the Haarlem area! Presentations, a…
How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin
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How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin

Many people would like to carve Halloween pumpkins! Getting in the mood, preparing the atmosphere for a party, surprising kids.... Plus, what could be more therapeutic than hacking a pumpkin to bits? But Pumpkin carving isn't just for…
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What the hell is Halloween?

Halloween has gone from a pagan to religious to commercial holiday. Nowadays many people don't know the real meaning of Halloween nor the origin of Halloween traditions.  Halloween today has come to represent candy and costumes and,…
Birthday
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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…
The Netherlands
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Things no one tells you about The Netherlands

I have been living in The Netherlands for a little while now and I am still discovering new things about this lowland country I now call home. But there are a few small things I wish I knew about this place from day one! Things I Wish I Knew…
tuschinski
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Amsterdam in the top 10 best European art deco cities

The American edition of The Guardian has proclaimed Amsterdam one of the best European cities for art deco design. Art deco’s straight lines and bold shapes were an expression of early-20th-century belief in technology and progress.…
taxi driver
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Taxi driver charges tourists €485 for Schiphol to Amsterdam trip

Last night a taxi driver in Amsterdam took a group of Chinese tourists hostage because they refused to pay 485 euros to take them from Schiphol airport to their hotel in the west of the city. ‘He said it was the normal amount,’…
Summer
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Summer isn't over yet!

Don’t put away your Summer clothes yet: summer continues into September. After a little rain mixed in with the sunny spells today, Summer will be back next week.  From Tuesday it will be dry and sunny weather again. Tuesday the…
over the edge swing.
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New: Europe’s highest swings and thrill ride in Amsterdam

Amsterdam now boasts Europe’s highest over the edge swing. The over the edge swing let’s you swing over the edge (what’s in a name) of the one hundred meter high Lookout Observation Deck situated on top of the A’DAM Toren (tower), opposite…
CIRQUE ÉLOIZE
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Win 2 tickets to CIRQUE ÉLOIZE IN CARRÉ in Amsterdam

Wanna go to this overwhelming, high-quality artistic circus show in the Netherlands? We raffle 2 tickets!  CIRQUE ÉLOIZE Cirque Éloize’s iD is a performance that you just have to see, just like the first shows of Cirque du Soleil…
Cirque Éloize
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World top circus Cirque Éloize back in Carré

"Rarely, or perhaps never, was there such an overwhelming, high-quality artistic circus show in the Netherlands." Praise in the press and the public last summer, when the 15 top young artists of Cirque Éloize finally landed in the Netherlands…
stood-next-to-dutch (photo: heightdb.com)
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If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands

Tall women? Latvia. The Netherlands and Latvia lead world for people's height.  That's the word from researchers who analyzed a century's worth of height data from 200 countries. Results of the study "A century of trends in adult human…
Greenjoy Boat Renting
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Greenjoy Boat Renting Summer 2016: Special € 20 Discount for expatsHaarlem readers & members

Wow, it’s amazing.. SUNNY WEATHER IN THE NETHERLANDS! Can you believe it? Why not making the most of it then? The weather forecast seems to be pretty awesome for the coming week! Let's hope even weeks! Are you – like many others – eager…
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Ten + one uplifting songs to make you feel better about almost everything

So Dutch summer weather is getting you down huh? Still so many days till your well-deserved vacation? Those great looking high heels you got from Zalando are killing your feet, your boss is an ass and you just can't take it any longer? Here…
Brexit Holland
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Brexit: The best thing that could happen to Holland

Brexit is the best thing to ever happen to Holland since the golden age. It is now the prime location for international businesses to relocate to. Uber EMEA is already headquartered in beautiful Amsterdam and so are many more companies. I welcome…
Couple communication (Photo: LoveLifeHealth)
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Couple Communication: Heaven or Hell?

We are all busy with our love relationships: past, present and even future ones. They take so much of our time because they can bring us into a Heaven made of fulfillment, love and appreciation. Or, just as easily, into a real Hell, full of…
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NS alert service for train passengers who forget to check out

Today Dutch railway company NS launched a service to alert rail travellers if they forget to check out with their public transport smart card (OV-kaart) after completing their journey. People who sign up for the service will receive an…
child rights index (Photo: www.blikopnieuws.nl)
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The Netherlands 11 places lower in child rights index

The Netherlands tumbles 11 places in child rights index: from second to 13th place in a new ranking of countries’ attitudes to children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is the annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and…
Buitenkunst - outdoor theater workshop
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A Perfectionist Learning to Live Life More Fully

I’ve studied and written about perfectionism plenty . . . my own experience with it, tips to overcome it, etc. But what I now know better than ever is that all the reading in the world doesn’t help one deal with it compared to a living,…