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…
NS alert
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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,…
Flirting
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Flirtation and landing a date: is flirtation a foreign concept in the Netherlands?

Flirtation is defined as behaviour that shows that you find somebody sexually attractive but are not serious about them. (Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th ed.). In essence it is an interest in something but for a very short time. Connotations…
Food Revolution Day
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Food Revolution Day 2016

. Food Revolution Day . May 20th . 2016 in Amsterdam . . . . . . . . Fifteen Food Symposium . Dedicated chefs and food influentials are cooking from the heart and getting involved in #FoodRevolutionDay during a food symposium at Jamie Oliver’s…
Seinfestijn
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Seinfestijn: A food & lifestyle market in the heart of Haarlem.

Immerse yourself in the cozy, casual atmosphere of this small festival and get pampered with delicious food, inspiration for your home and find fun and original gifts for the people around you and of course for yourself.  The Seinfestijn…
Dutch
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How to be a Dutch person.

You're new to The Netherlands and you want to blend in. This is how you do it! 20 Steps On How To Be Dutch. Get yourself a bicycle and break every single rule of the road. Everyone will know you're a foreigner if you wait at traffic lights. …
PolderGoud
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PolderGold

'PolderGoud' (PolderGold) is a new festival of Jopen Beer and Je Suis Energy. At this festival visitors enjoy music, activities, food and beer! During PolderGold there will be the 1st edition of the "Happy Hoppy Beer Games'; various…
Luilakmarkt
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Luilakmarkt 2016: Lets wake those slackers up!

On Friday 13th May, starting from 16:00 and approximately finishing the next morning at 11:00 is Luilakmarkt.   Luilakmarkt Luilak (slacker) is a non-Christian festival and is usually celebrated on the Saturday before Pentecost.  It's…
ExpatsHaarlem Housing
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ExpatsHaarlem Housing

Are you looking for a house/apartment/room to buy/rent/sell? Find more information in our Housing section, contact us or our partners or give a look at the supplies and demands in our Facebook expatsHaarlem Housing group. The expatsHaarlem…
Dille & Kamille
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Dille & Kamille Haarlem new! A feast for foodies ...

Dille & Kamille at Anegang has reopened its doors after a major renovation. The night before the alderman of Economic Affairs Joyce Langacker officially cut the opening ribbon. The store has become much wider: the neighboring building…
Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4th & 5th May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4th May, Dutch…
Koningsdag Haarlem
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King’s Day 2016 in Haarlem

King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to celebrate the King’s birthday. In the streets, squares, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange. King’s Day is the biggest…
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Sitting is the new smoking, and the Dutch are the official European champions!

Yep that’s right, Dutchies apparently like to sit, more so than any other nation in Europe. With a national average of 6.8 hours per day versus the European average of 5.2 hours, the Dutch are, (surprisingly) a nation of dedicated sitters…
threat [Photo: Joost Schippers]
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Hoofddorp station evacuated after possible threat

The station in Hoofddorp was evacuated Tuesday morning after a possible threat. It concerns the international train from Brussels that is still stopped. Passengers are transported by buses. ProRail talks to newspaper Haarlem Dagblad about…
Fun Fair Koningsdag
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Fun at the Fair

It is nearly that time of the year when the Grote Markt turns into a Fun Fair! Yipee! This is a great excuse to let your children run riot while you drink coffee on a sunny terrace or if you're anything like me, this is the perfect time to let…
Pillow Fight (Photo: Pillow Fight Facebook Page)
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Pillow fight!

Hey, did you know its international Pillow Fight day coming up soon? If you relish the thought of being whacked repeatedly by a pillow then you should check this out.  The global event is organised by, ‘The Urban Playground Movement.’ ‘One…
sleep (Photo: Getty Images)
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It's official! Women need more sleep than men

Research shows a lack of sleep leads to greater health issues in women than in men. Women need an extra 20 minutes more in bed, according to a scientific study. It turns out women really do need a lie-in, according to scientists. A…
Keukenhof (Photo Katie Joy)
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How I survived Keukenhof

Are you planning on visiting the world’s largest spring flower garden? If yes, then this is the article for you!  Keukenhof is a great family day out, even if you don’t like flowers. Here is my survival guide. Be prepared for crowds.…
International Women's Day
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Happy International Women's Day

Women have come a long way in this world, and rightfully so that progress is honored every year on March 8. What is International Women's Day, you ask? Obviously, we don't need a designated holiday to celebrate the ongoing strength and courage…
Deers (Photo: RTV Noord Holland)
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Deer have a wild Saturday night in Zandvoort

On a regular Saturday night, the police mostly have their hands full with drunk bar-visitors. Last Saturday night agents in Zandvoort had suddenly to escort a very different group. There were some deer on the streets of the village center.…
BROADWAY MUSICAL PIPPIN
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Broadway musical Pippin is coming to Amsterdam with a full American cast

The Tony Award winning hit musical with full American cast. Direct from Broadway to Amsterdam from March 9 till April 10. More info and trailer below. We happen to have two tickets for this spectacle. Like the expatsHaarlem Facebook page and…
V & D
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V&D gone. And the winner is: Van der Pigge

The historical department store Vroom & Dreesmann (V&D) went bankrupt. Drugstore Van der Pigge is still there. Vroom & Dreesman and its former "store palace" have left their mark on the history of Haarlem. Once, ten years…
Test Down
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All pregnant women should get easy Down’s test

A simple test for Down’s syndrome should be freely available to all pregnant women, Labour and Socialist MPs said last Tuesday in a debate with health minister Edith Schippers. The NIPT test is a DNA test on maternal blood to screen…