Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer
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A fantastic program during Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer 2017

The Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer comes back again. From Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, 2017, it's full enjoyment in the Haarlemmermeerse Bos in Hoofddorp.   History Almost as old as the polder itself: the Concours Hippique…
Housing event
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Housing Event 2017 & Social Networking Drink

Planning to rent, let, buy, build sell, renovate a house? Wanting to know how to get the best of your life abroad, know more about the International School Haarlem, or are you just interested in a social networking drink? This is the event…
Kings Day 2017
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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…
Bloemencorso
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Bloemencorso Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2017

Enjoy this weekend the unique Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek.  Colourful floats decorated with bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils will be towed past you along the route. Between the 19th and the 23rd of April the annual…
pie
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TORTA PASQUALINA, EASTER PIE FROM LIGURIA

At home we always eat this savory pie for Easter. It is, together with pesto, the most classic and recognizable dish from Genoa and was made every year by my grandmother Maria, my father's mother. As a child I thought it was wonderful…
Salmon
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EASTER SPECIAL: OVEN-BAKED SALMON WITH HONEY AND MUSTARD

This is one of my most popular recipes and a guarantee for success ;-). Try it out and enjoy the cooking, the meal and the company without any stress. Buon appetito! This is a very simple recipe I made with my experiments-in-the-kitchen…
Keukenhof Hotel Expres!
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Off to the Keukenhof? Take the Keukenhof Hotel Expres!

The keukenhof wiil be open again from 23 March until 21 May. This season, the Keukenhof is within fast and easy reach thanks to the Keukenhof Hotel Epress. This shuttle will depart at 09:15 and 12:45 daily from Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol…
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Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world is open

Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! There are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique and unforgettable experience! Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy…
International School Haarlem
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Location International School Haarlem known

The city council of Haarlem announced the location of the new International School Haarlem (ISH) with a press release in which expatsHaarlem was included.   We can finally announce that as of September 2017 the address will be Schreveliusstraat…
Earth Hour
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Earth Hour: Uniting people to protect the planet.

Every year millions of people around the globe will switch off for Earth Hour to shine a light on the need for climate action. Haarlem city is proud to take in Earth Hour each year, where people and businesses turn off their lights for one…
Saint Patrick's Day
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Saint Patrick's Day in Haarlem

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. The Feast of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick's Day, is a cultural and religious celebration which is held on the traditional death of the Saint; 17th…
National Tulip Day
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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…
Epiphany
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Epiphany celebrations

Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany or Three King's Day on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when…
New Year's plunge
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New Year's plunge

Those crazy Dutch! Once you survived Sinterklaas, Christmas and dodged the fireworks during new years eve you think you can finally relax. Well, guess again. How the tradition started I don't know but on the first of January masses of children,…
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…
Nachttrein Haarlem_Amsterdam
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The night train between Haarlem and Amsterdam is a fact

On the night of Friday 16 to Saturday 17 December the long-cherished wish of many Haarlemmers will be fulfilled: Haarlem is connected to the night network of the Dutch Railways. ExpatsHaarlem is invited for the festive start, the very first…
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…
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,…
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OnBrand'16, the Leading Branding Conference for Marketing Professionals

OnBrand'16, the leading branding conference for international marketing professionals is nearly here. On Thursday, October 13th, industry experts, thought leaders, and marketing professionals will come together in the Beurs van Berlage in…
I am not a tourist
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair 2016. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with free tickets

Learning Dutch, finding a house, experiencing Dutch culture, making connections, solving immigration and tax issues, and finding employment – all at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair for Internationals in the Beurs van Berlage - Amsterdam…
Sand Sculpture Festival
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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…
EuroPride
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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…
Vierdaagse Berg en Dal (Fotograaf Theo Peters. Bron: de Gelderlnder)
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Last day Four Days Marches 2016

Today the the 100th Four Days Marches Nijmegen will end. This is the largest multiple day marching event in the world. This year 50.000 people registered for the march but some 2,000 failed to show up. On the 3rd Day of the Vierdaagse 914…
Dutch Beer Week
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Dutch Beer Week

Today starts the Dutch Beer Week (20-29 May, 2016).  The Dutch Beer Week (Week van het Nederlandse Bier) is an annual event occurring in late spring that focuses on promoting Dutch beer culture. About Dutch Beer Week Feeling that the…
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A Liberation Pop Festival!

It is that time of the year when Haarlem turns into one huge music concert in celebration of freedom.   Bevrijdingspop! (Liberation Pop Festival) On Thursday 5th May, Haarlem hosts the oldest and biggest liberation pop festival in…
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…