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…
loneliness
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The loneliness behind a “professional” mask

Wanting to come across as having it together, on top of it all, near perfect—my definition of “professional”—has been a lifelong strategy of mine. Some might say it’s an American cultural thing. I can’t be certain of that, but I…
Tulip
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National Tulip Day Celebrations in Amsterdam

The past week has been the most "wintery" of the season in the Netherlands, and yet spring is already a twinkle in a Dutchman's eye. The third Saturday of the new year is National Tulip Day, or Nationale Tulpendag. I still…
Blogger
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The Hague to open bloggers house to promote the city

This coming summer season The Hague  will open a beach house exclusively for Dutch and international travel bloggers and vloggers. It is the first city in the Netherlands to make a building available to writers as a way of promoting the city.…
tap water
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Do you also want Dutch restaurants to serve tap water?

Some 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on Dutch restaurants to place a carafe of tap water on the table without being asked. Research by TNS Nipo shows 75% of restaurant-goers have been refused tap water, even though most…
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Tony's Chocolonely, fair chocolate brand if you want to go nuts

Today we published the article "Beware: Is There Child Slavery in Your Chocolate?", a handy guide to make us aware and to help avoid buying chocolate products produced by child slaves and to let us know which chocolate brands are the fair ones.…
David Bowie
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Legendary artist David Bowie dead aged 69

Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died after of cancer at the age of 69. A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he "died peacefully, surrounded by his family" after an "18-month…
New Year's Drink
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expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016

Let's meet and celebrate the New Year together!  We wait for you on Friday, January 29, 2016.   WHAT: expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016 WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:00 PM to 10:00 P WHERE: Societeit Vereeniging PROGRAM -…
ToneelgroepAmsterdam
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Big Theater Deal Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Toneelgroep Amsterdam invites the international community in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam for 2 theater events: an introduction to Toneelgroep Amsterdam and its program and the play performance The hidden force for international audiences with…
Box bike threat (Foto:ANP)
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Police fear for cargo bike attack in Amsterdam

The terror threat on two (or three) wheels...Dutch police warn that terrorists may be planning to use a cargo bike to launch an attack in Amsterdam during the New Year celebrations. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, police in Amsterdam…
Warm Christmas
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Dutch Christmas warmest on record

This year’s Christmas were the warmest December 25 and 26 since official records began in 1906. The warm weather means the sea will be a relatively comfortable nine degrees for the traditional swim on New Year’s Day. So, what are you waiting…
Holidays
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Holidays and home visits…finding the balance

Holidays are meant to be fun, right? And yet often they’re fraught with expectation and obligation and can leave us feeling frazzled. This is especially true for expats, who tend to plan “home visits” in key holiday periods and emerge…
holidays
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12 Powerful (and Inexpensive) Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We have all heard it before: the holidays are a time for giving, for selflessness and random acts of kindness. It feels good to give, not only for the recipient but for the giver as well; many scientific studies show giving, especially in the…
birth
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I gave birth in the Netherlands - and it didn't suck

As a foreigner living in the Netherlands, probably you've heard all the "horror" stories about giving birth in this country in where women HAVE to give birth without drugs, or that there are barely any prenatal check-ups (what do you mean only…
Connected
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Tips for Staying Connected with your Partner during the Holidays

If I were really honest, the TOP thing on my holiday wish would be to spend the coming month with minimum stress and maximum enjoyment and connection with the people who are MOST important to me. Yet each end-of-the-year presents great challenges,…
Sinterklaas
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Is Zwarte Piet an outdated Sinterklaas tradition?

It was a surprise that the culture shock around Zwarte Piet hit me, a Canadian and half-Dutchie, very hard. It was difficult not to be shocked and offended by what I recognize as a tradition of blackface. I always try to respect local cultures…
Gevulde Speculaas uit het Grote Sinterklaas Kookboek
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Gevulde Speculaas uit het Grote Sinterklaas Kookboek (Dutch)

Sint is in het land en dat vieren wij. Met een enorme plak gevulde speculaas. Heerlijk voor kinderen èn volwassenen. Het recept komt uit Het Grote Sinterklaas Kookboek. Inderdaad: dat is hét grote boek voor de bak- en braadpiet! Yolanda…
Caprese
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THE secret of Italian cooking and "Caprese destrutturata" recipe

There's something I've clearly noticed in the 15 years that I've been working as an Italian cooking teacher: the Italian cuisine is probably the most loved of ALL cuisines. Almost everybody seems to enjoy our pastas and the other simple and…
Eye Museum
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The EYE Museum, Amsterdam

Standing on the bank of the river IJ, across from Amsterdam Central station, the EYE Museum is an impressive piece of architecture. There is a fine balance between being impressive as a structure and being imposing, and the museum achieves…
Terrorism (photo: Ksayer1 ob Flickr)
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Answering our kids' WHY question on terrorism

Since the events of 13/11 in Paris, perhaps you've seen the articles on “How to talk with your kids about terrorism.” I read several useful tips, yet for me, as most parenting guide go, I especially liked "trust your intuition—you know…
Intocht Sinterklaas
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

On Sunday, November 15th Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) will be back with his helpers in Haarlem.  The boat from Spain is on its the way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocolate letters and pepernoten but who and what will Sinterklaas…
‘sexual consent and tea’
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New brilliant ‘sexual consent and tea’ video from the English police

Sex and consent is a difficult issue, mainly because something that seems so simple is continually ‘misunderstood’ in rape cases. Thames Valley Police made an easily comprehensive and effective video on this subject. One of our readers brought…
voluntary work
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Half the Dutch do voluntary work

Dutch people are champions in voluntary work. Almost half the population of the Netherlands does some form of voluntary work at least once a year and 30% do it on a monthly basis, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday, November 5,…