Luilak
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
Cantina023
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¡Olé! Cantina023 is Real Tex-Mex in Haarlem

Finally Haarlem has good and authentic Tex-Mex! Cantina023 opened its doors in February and it's amazing. I've been there twice so far and am always looking for an excuse to go back. All of the standards are there, burritos, tacos (authentic…
A lot of tick bites in our dunes
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A lot of tick bites in our woods and dunes

The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. In the last 2 years Tekenradar (the Ticks Monitor) has announced a record amount of ticks in the country. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Below what to do if you, your family…
4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day 2015

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 4 May there…
Thrill Grill
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Thrill Grill opens its doors in Haarlem

My friend Lizzy of Haarlem Foodies tipped me: Thrill Grill opens its doors in Haarlem. Thrill Grill is THE place to be for people who like real burgers. The charcoal grilled hamburgers are made of 100% Dutch beef and served with fries from…
Anniversary
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EXPATSHAARLEM' S FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Happy Anniversary! EXPATSHAARLEM TURNS 1! It has been a year of challenges, of new experiences, old and new friendships, lots of wonderful articles, many great events, the start of services and our first partnerships. 10000 visitors…
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Today: visible eclipse, supermoon and the spring equinox

Today is a special day: partial solar eclipse, supermoon and the spring equinox. The solar eclipse will probably be visible in the Netherlands after all, weather bureau Weerplaza said on Thursday afternoon. The partial eclipse of the sun will…
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Uiltje Bar: A new place for craft brews

Maybe you've already hear of them or tasted had their beer but did you know that they will be opening their very own café this weekend?! That's right, Brouwerij het Uiltje will be opening the Uiltje Bar at Zijlstraat 18 in Haarlem on Saturday…
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Windmill De Zandhaas: passion in the polder

When you think of the Netherlands, images of windmills surrounded by a flat colorful polder landscape in the water pop up in your mind. In fact it's one of the oldest Dutch crafts: Miller. But what is it like nowadays? Watch the unique story…
Pizzeria Back to Basics
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Pizzeria Back to Basics

Recently the Zijlstraat and a few other streets in Haarlem have attracted new restaurants.. Since I'm a foodie I always happily volunteer wher/whenever possible to test new places. So.. what better than to try 'm out?! I heard good stories…
Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem (Photo: HFV/Michel van Bergen)
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Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem

Yesterday afternoon: a shot fired in the middle of the day in Haarlem center. My kids and I were by accident at the arrestation place around the arrestation moment. Scary moment. [Update 17:45 h.] - Monday afternoon around 15:00 on the…
Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!
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Serious Request - Glazen huis Haarlem 2014 the Aftermovie

Serious Request 2014 in Haarlem: Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!. Hieronder "the Aftermovie".
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing
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expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing

The expatsHaarlem Housing section is the latest service of expatsHaarlem.  In this housing section you can read everything you need to know about the reasons to move to Haarlem, renting or buying a house in Haarlem, articles about the latest…
Stock up on supplies, Haarlem to be transformed for 3FM’s Serious Request Live
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Stock up on supplies, Haarlem to be transformed for 3FM’s Serious Request Live

By now you probably have seen one of the many posters around the city. However, if you missed this news, sit back and prepare yourself as the residents of Haarlem are in for 6 days of apocalypse like transformation and the good kind! This year…
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Serious Request 2014: a glass house, 3 guys, no food. This year on Grote Markt.

Serious Request Unless you just freshly came off the boat or you've spent your time in the Netherlands underneath a rock, you've probably heard of Serious Request. The concept is simple: Wait till it is almost Christmas, put 3 deejays in…
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expatsHaarlem Christmas AperiParty

It’s the time of the year again….. Sinterklaas, Christmas, December drinks & parties, surprises and gifts…. We can’t miss it. We want to celebrate it together… in a church! Yes, we rented a church. The magnificent Heilig Hart Kerk…
Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum Exhibition

Concerning the exhibit “Emotions – Painted Feelings in the Golden Age,” now showing at the Frans Hals Museum, some of the newspaper headlines I read were: “Emotions, by the Old Masters,” “Pain and Pleasure in the Golden Age,” and…
Successful first Haarlem Photo Club exhibition & lecture "Abandoned & Captured"
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Successful first Haarlem Photo Club exhibition & lecture "Abandoned & Captured"

On Sunday, October 26th our first photo exhibition & lecture by the photographer was there. Olaf Kramer welcomed us in Bar Wolkers to tell all about his urbex photography collection, for this occasion bundled and adequately titled Abandoned…
Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners! (Photo: Daniela Muente)
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Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners!

Our Haarlem Photo Club member Daniela Muente made it to the Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners with her photo taken during the Haarlem Photo Walk co-organised with the Haarlem Photo Club this October. Congratulations Daniela,…
Bok beer season: four not to miss 
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Bok beer season: four not to miss 

It is officially bok beer season in the Netherlands. Official rules, origin and four bok beers not to miss. PINT (Promotie Informatie Traditioneel Bier), the largest beer association in the Netherlands, sets specific standards for bok…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem
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5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem

Fancying to taste a special seasonal beer? Go to the center of Haarlem and taste a great bokbier. There is plenty of it today as: it is Bokbierdag! Is one bier not enough? Take a bokbier crawl!  Bokbierdag 2014 beer crawl You can start…
Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014
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Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014: feedback and photos

Haarlem! Summer! Open Air! Photography! We had the best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK. A bit of wind didn't spoil our day: 42 photographers having a great day! What about the shoots? Our jury, composed of our Photo Club Team members…
Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem
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Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem

With Libelle Beach Café the known Dutch women's weekly magazine Libelle wants to bring the atmosphere of the beach to the heart of the city of Haarlem. From Wednesday, September 17 the magazine Libelle brings a month-long the atmosphere…
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Volunteer Centre Haarlem

Bored and wondering what to do with your free time? Always wanted to make yourself useful but no idea how? Crazy busy but still wanting to contribute to the Haarlem area community, even when there is no payment for services rendered? Are you…
The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born
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The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born

The Haarlem Photo Club is a network for anyone who likes reading articles about photography, joining in photo contests, connecting with other photographers, learning new techniques and sharing experiences at an event, lecture or workshop. Beginner…
Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More (Photo: Ad Timmers)
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Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More

Just a few days to go and the center of Haarlem will be "filled" by Jazz & More. Haarlem Jazz & More is the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe and takes place in our fantastic city! From August, Wednesday 13th till Saturday 16th the…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…