Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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…
Interview of the month
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Interview of the month 2017 Challenges of Expats – Interview with Sagar Singamsetty

While supporting expats with integration and languages, these interviews reveal personal stories, tips and advice. Arriving in a new country is a big change and how to feel 'at Home' can be a challenge. [Or not?] This month I introduce…
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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…
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…
Expat Survey
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How does the Netherlands rate in the Global Expat Survey?

Ever wondered which country has the best work-life balance? Which is the best for raising children? Or which is the friendliest towards foreigners? And just how does the Netherlands compare in the global rankings? Expat Insider – one of…
America first, make Netherlands second because they requested it!

America first, make Netherlands second because they requested it

Let’s make the Netherlands second.  (we asked first!) Introduction video Many of you read our post about the magnificent introduction video to the Netherlands, geared uniquely towards the new Big Man, Donald J Trump, and went to watch the…
New Year's Drink 2017
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NEW YEAR'S DRINK 2017

Let's meet and celebrate the New Year together! A New Year's toast, quiz & time time to meet, talk and get to know each other. We wait for you on Friday, January 27, 2017. Our readers, members, friends, partners, acquaintances, business…
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Amsterdam Bus
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Cashless Travel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB announced of its aims to make all public transport in the capital cash-free in 2017. From March 26th, all buses in Amsterdam will cease to accept cash payments. For night buses, this rule will take effect…
Population
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The population is growing

Since 2008, the population of The Netherlands has grown in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam as live births and migrants to the cities outnumbered the amount of deaths and people who left.   Growth According to the Central…
Baby Names
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The most popular Dutch baby name list has been published by SVB

The popular names list is published every year by the social insurance bank, SVB. 88,494 boys and 84,286 girls in total were born in the Netherlands in 2016. Here is the list of the most popular names; TOP 10 Girl Names 2016 (with various…
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…
Dutch Trains
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Dutch electric trains are fully powered by wind energy

The Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by the national railway company, NS. The two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS electric trains should run on wind energy. “So we in…
Tokorico tempeh roti
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Tokorico: A little slice of fire and spice on the Botermarkt

In need of some exotic Suriname cuisine to warm up these winter nights? Or perhaps you’re hitting the January sales and need a quick, tasty lunchtime fix? Then consider Tokorico, a little takeaway joint on the Botermarkt which opened in April…
winter
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‘Real’ winter is coming

It seems more like it's still fall today but 'real' winter is on its way and will arrive tomorrow in the Netherlands. You can even pick up the skates out. Snow and ice at the end of the week Don't forget your gloves when you get on a…
New Year Resolutions
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20 New Year resolutions

The start of a year is also when people evaluate what they have done during the past year and what they should change in the upcoming year: the so-called New Year resolutions. Here are 20 very common ones, numbered but not intentionally ranked…