Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

loneliness
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Tips on how to overcome loneliness.

Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is a universal human emotion, yet it is both complex and unique to each individual. Your experience of it may be different…
drinks
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The time I was invited for ‘drinks.’

There are times when my English culture and the Dutch culture collide into a mass ball of miscommunication. Sometimes the outcome is amusing, sometimes it’s just plain confusing. I was invited for drinks. I and my English partner recently…
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…
interview expat
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Interview of the month April 2017

While supporting people with integration and languages, I interview expats each month, revealing personal stories, tips and advice.  How is the life of an expat, and how can one feel ‘’at Home’’ abroad. Challenging,  or not? This…
2 Turven Hoog
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2 turven hoog theater festival also for non-Dutch speaking visitors

On Monday,  April 17th (Easter Monday 2nd) is again 2 Turven Hoog,  highly qualified performaces in Haarlem that make part of the Language No Problem Theater Programme that can be attended to by adults and kids and non-Dutch speaking visitors. It…
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Memories linked to childhood favourite food

Does the culture we are raised in influence what we remember about our favourite childhood food? Would the Dutch differ in this from Expats? And if so, how? We discussed these questions with participants of an event in Amsterdam on ‘Taste,…
Beacon Financial Education
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Second Free Financial Awareness Seminar for Expats

The Financial Implications of Being an Expat. By Beacon Financial Education in collaboration with expatsHaarlem. The need for financial information and investment needs of an expat differ from that of a “regular” employee. •…
taxes
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Need help with your Dutch tax return? Our selected service providers can help you

We selected for you the best financial professionals with a good offer for our readers and members. Check them out. Our business partner ttmtax (www.ttmtax.nl) is organizing a special tax consultation session fro expatsHaarlem readers…
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…
Rokjesdag
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Rokjesdag 2017

Today is the first "ROKJESDAG" of 2017. What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs. Every spring the men look forward to Rokjesdag, the day when the temperature is…
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…
income tax return
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Prepare your 2016 income tax return with Blue Umbrella

Are you struggling with the Dutch tax office? Or are you having trouble calculating the tax you have to pay? Figuring out if you can receive refunds on your Dutch income tax can be confusing. Luckily, there are tax professionals out there who…
http://www.haarlemselente.nl/
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Haarlemse Lente

From march 24th to the 26th, Haarlem celebrates "Haarlemse Lente" [Haarlem Sping] the modern day art scene in the historic center of Haarlem. In this sixth edition, 13 museums, galleries, and artist's initiatives join together for an opening…
housing
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Who owns your land?

You have come to the Netherlands and (eventually) decide to buy a property. You find a place you like. A place you can afford. Well on your way into the buying process, it appears that you will be owning the apartment, but not the ground…
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Introducing the Haarlem Art Room

The cosmopolitan and multi-cultural component in the classes also provides an opportunity for people (especially expatriates) to mix, mingle and associate in and outside the class. Street photography is particularly interesting to foreigners... “Everybody…
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…
massage
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I got a holistic massage and went on a mini vacation.

Last week Friday I got my first ever holistic massage by Ellen. I admit I was a little skeptical and I didn’t really know what a holistic massage entails, but I was determined to go ahead and keep an open mind. What is a holistic massage? Holistic…
Family
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The Netherlands is voted one of the best countries for raising a family.

InterNations, the world's largest network of expats, conducted a survey in which they rated 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1-7. Expats scored everything from children's health and safety, to childcare and education. Each…
expat italy
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Interview of the month February 2017

While supporting expats with integration and languages, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. Or not? This…
Gluren Bij De Buren
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Gluren bij de Buren

In 92 living rooms spread throughout the city of Haarlem, you will discover local performing artists. In each living room will be performances by local artists. Each performance will last 30 minutes at set times throughout the day.  Each house…
Eat at home
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Eat at home before going to a Dutch home.

It is 16:00 hours and I am at my future in-laws house having tea and two cookies. The conversation is flowing and we are getting along well. It is 18:00 hours and we are still having tea. I know this because I am hungry and I have just looked…
Housing Market
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The real estate agent in control

Fifty people showing up to see a house, knockout offers that takes a property of the market within a few hours, offers 20% above asking price: the housing market has turned from a buyer's into a seller's market within a year, which leaves the…
Warung Mini Den Haag
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Warung Mini in Den Haag

'For nearly two decades Warung Mini on the Amsterdamse Veerkade in The Hague’s city center has been a popular place to eat for the locals in (and outside of) The Hague area. Warung Mini literally means 'small shop' in Indonesian, which…
Confidence
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The KEY to awaken your confidence

Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet many people struggle to find it. How would you feel with more confidence? Studies have shown that people with more confidence feel more successful. They set…
Alternative Facts
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Alternative facts about the Netherlands

In the world of alternative facts I thought it would be helpful to show you the sides of The Netherlands you probably, maybe, very unlikely didn't know about this high land country.   Take a look at Leiden;     A…
Funny Dutch Words
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15 Funny Dutch Words

On your journey on learning Dutch (yes it is a journey, a rather large one) you will come across some ‘funny’ phrases and words. Why beat around the bush when you can be direct like a Dutch person? Here are 15 funny Dutch words I have,…
Belsazar Vermouth
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New Summer Drink: Belsazar Vermouth

Vitamin D gives us the boost we so desperately seek and it tempts us go outside and socialize with everyone, everywhere. Dutchies know how to party, especially with the combination of sun and drinks. There is good news for you! There is exactly…