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ExpatsHaarlem Top 10 March 2016 articles

In March 2016 the expatsHaarlem website reached 8.996 visitors and 40.509 page views. Who are the March Writers and what is the Top 10 March 2016 articles? March 2016 Writers Our compliments to the March writers: Arianna Ardia-Wenink,…
'Buurman & Buurman'
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'Buurman & Buurman' turns 40!

The Dutch very popular characters, loved by adults and kids, are turning 40. To celebrate Pathé Cinemas are showing an hour long special daily until the 6th April 2016.  For those who do not know what 'Buurman & Buurman' is 'Two…
de Oerkap
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City Beach de Oerkap Opens April 1st

Who doesn't know the Oerkap, our Haarlem City Beach along the Spaarne, within walking distance from the Haarlem station. They are almost finished renovating, so it is time for the opening party on April 1st! And that's no joke. The Oerkap…
Bloemencorso
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Bloemencorso 2016 Flower Parade

Hey, did you know that the annual Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is starting soon? The Flower Parade is a parade of about twenty floats and more than thirty special floats, decorated with an abundance of flowers. The theme for 2016…
Keukenhof Gardens open till May 18th
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Keukenhof Gardens open from today till May 16th

Enjoy the fabulous sea of flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. With 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and probably the most beautiful spring park in the world.  Keukenhof Gardens…
Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground, is open
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Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground is open again

Speelparadijs Linnaeushof: the biggest playground of Europe! So close! Linnaeushof is located in Bennebroek, a 15 minute drive from Haarlem and Leiden, just some more from Amsterdam and The Hague.  During the whole season (April till…
refugees
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Fire in future asylum for refugees in Haarlem

Sunday morning a fire broke out in the former nursing house Boerhaave in the Louis Pasteurstraat in Haarlem. The fire was discovered around six o'clock. It is officially still unclear what the cause of the fire was, but it's presumably arson. From…
V&D
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Final Sale for V&D

The owners of V&D have announced that they will be temporarily open for a liquidation final sale across all their department stores. V&D declared bankruptcy in December 2015 but continued to operate till February 2016. The…
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…
Haarlemse_Lente
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Haarlemse Lente 2016

From 18th to 20th March Haarlemse Lente (Haarlem Spring) takes place for the fifth time. A long weekend entirely devoted to the thriving contemporary art scene in Haarlem, at museums, galleries and artists' initiatives. This year's title is,…
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.…
Car fire Haarlem
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Sixth car fire in ten days time in Haarlem

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday is a car in Haarlem again went up in flames. Around one o'clock a car fire was discovered at the Muiderslotweg. A parked cab was in flames. When the fire department arrived meters high flames rose…
Handymen
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"Handymen" arrested during brutal crime in Haarlem

The police arrested Tuesday morning two 'handymen' who were "working" on the roof of a house on the Rijksstraatweg in Haarlem-Noord. The men had turned on a ladder against the house of an elderly man and went up to the roof. Here they had moved…
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…
.expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink
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expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016: the eve & the photos

Our New Year's Drink was great! More than 200 internationals of Haarlem joined us to celebrate the start of 2016 together. This was the program and these are the photos. Give a look! The eve program - Welcome by Arianna Ardia-Wenink,…
olive oil
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Our Olive Oil sommelier Carlo Trobia on TV tomorrow

Do you remember our Olive Oil Workshop & Tasting?  Well... I do! A unique experience. Our event guest, sommelier, chef and member of expatsHaarlem Carlo Trobia will be on TV tomorrow, Saturday, Februari 20, 2016 at 7:05 PM on NPO1 for…
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Green Light for beter traffic flow

Gemeentes Haarlem and Heemstede will be the first to connect their traffic lights to the North Holland traffic center. From there the province can control all of the traffic lights. The parties are focusing on a better traffic flow from five…
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Monopoly Haarlem is coming

How many of us played Monopoly as a kid or maybe even still play it today? Did you know that the streets and landmarks in the game come from the famous gambling city Atlantic City, New Jersey in America? You may have even seen other versions…
Interview
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January

This month I introduce you to a wonderful English lady, named Alison Mills. From London, England, to now living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Enjoy her true story ☺ Each month, I write these interviews, revealing great stories and advise. If…
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…
ProefPark Haarlem
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Second ProefPark Haarlem Winter Edition

The second ProefPark Haarlem Winter Edition will be held on 12, 13 and February 14, 2016 during the Valentine's weekend. The location for the new PreofParkHaarlem winter location will be the Hendrik Figeeweg 3F, in the old Van Vessem…
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.…
Station Haarlem
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The Night Train will Ride in Haarlem

Yesterday in an announcement from Gemeente Haarlem, it was made know that the night train will start running in Haarlem beginning in 2017! This is amazing news for some of us that have been living here for a long time and have been hoping…
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 -…
dead (Foto: Michel van Bergen)
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New Year celebrations: one dead and several injured in Haarlem

Knife attack leaves one dead and several injured in Haarlem.  A 22 years old man called Sjeddy was killed and several people injured in a violent incident on the Zomerkade in Haarlem early on Friday morning, the police reported on Twitter. Exactly…
house prices
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Highest increase in house prices in 7,5 years

Existing houses for sale were 3.8 percent more expensive in November this year than a year ago. This is the biggest rise on an annual basis in 7,5 years, according to the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de statistiek) and the Kadaster. Since the…
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…
Interview month
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month December

This month I introduce you to Nathalia, who shares her experiences with us. From Brazil to The Netherlands… all for LOVE…. In my goal to support expats, I interview regularly, revealing great stories and advise. Whether you are an expat…
Taste of Home
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A Taste of Home in Haarlem

A Taste of Home in Haarlem: a characteristic food shop, in the heart of Haarlem with sweet treats, drinks, and foods from abroad. The perfect place to get your Christmas crackers, puddings and mince pies. We interviewed the owner, Lauren…
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…