Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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10 Things All Women Travelers Should Know About Staying Safe Abroad

It’s not always easy being a woman. As much as we’d like to think that women travelers have the same freedoms as their male counterparts, this is not always the case. And as far as the feminist movement has come over the past decade, it…
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HAARLEMSE BOKBIERDAG 2017

The fall has its advantages. Sunday October 15th is the Haarlemse Bokbierdag! During De Haarlemse Bokbierdag, 16 different bars in Haarlem will let you taste the best Bokbier. The 16 different bars in Haarlem have each other bokbieren on…
Haarlem Talks
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Haarlem Talks - Samantha Caputo

Welcome to Haarlem Talks! This is a new monthly interview series for ExpatsHaarlem. Being an expat myself I was interested in a lot of things other expats think, feel or experience living in Haarlem. In Haarlem Talks, we get to know a new Haarlem…
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Are You Hiding Your Depression?

Depression is an often silent feeling that creeps up on us and isn’t easy to identify straight away. This is especially true for those who have relocated. Because it’s normal to feel alone or sad while away from “home” or when your support…
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Things to do to make your day unforgettable in Haarlem.

So here it is, one more weekend is knocking on your door, wake up sunshine, today will the day full of bright emotions. Breakfast in Haarlem But first - coffee and breakfast. Go to the Mica café, where two charming sisters and their…
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Geschiedenis Festival 2017

Want to learn more about the country you live in? Come to this year’s Geschiendenis Festival! This year, the Historisch Nieuwsblad is hosting this event where historians from The Netherlands and abroad speak about a range of diverse topics…
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October = Kindermaand

Got kids? This is the perfect month for you and your little ones! Haarlem Marketing is hosting many activities throughout the month for children ages 4 – 12. There will be lots of activities scattered throughout the city including theatre…
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How to entertain kids when its raining in Haarlem.

As great as the beach and lakes are, they are not quite as appealing on a blustery, rainy day, but then again, neither is staying inside the house for days on end, so what to do… Here are some ideas to entertain your kids: The kids cafes/child-friendly…
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Haarlem Duurzaam Festival 2017

Haarlem Duurzaam Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year! Every year the festival hosts numerous stands where you can buy sustainable and organic products as well as learn about sustainable and circular initiatives provided…
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Experience Haarlem Fair

Speeches, presentations, workshops, exhibitors, kids entertainment, Tierney's Pub Quiz, popular music band The Buccaneers, drinks, meeting people & having fun. Join the largest bilingual fair in the Haarlem area! The program will cover…
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The costs of hiding behind a mask.

WORKING HARD AND FEELING LONELY? Wanting to deliver high quality, come across as having it together, on top of it all, near perfect—this is my definition of “professional,” and it has been a lifelong strategy of mine. Some might say…
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Interview of the month September 2017– Interview with Kristen Palana

While supporting expats to settle in smoothly, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips, and ideas. Arriving in a new country is such a change, so how can you make it feel ‘’Home’’ easily? This month, answers are…
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Andriessen de Klerk Festival 2017

This year marks the 125 and 100-year birthdays of Haarlem’s two famous composers Hendrick Andriessen and Albert de Klerk (Andriessen de Klerk Festival.) To commemorate their achievements, Haarlem is putting on a festival in various locations…
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What no one tells you before you move abroad

I remember when my partner got a job here in the Netherlands and the thought of starting a new life here emerged for the first time. Of course, my closest family was worried and sad about me moving and also some of my friends too. But most…
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Haarlem Cultuur Festival and Open Monument Days

It’s Haarlem Cultuur Festival in the Grote Markt on September 9 and 10! Come join the fun and experience art, music, theatre and more right here in the heart of Haarlem. Let’s not forget that it’s also Open Monument Days in Haarlem…
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Recipe: Vegan pulled pork

Since I have different kinds of food allergies I have to be very aware of what I am eating to the last ingredient. However, I love to cook and I also love to eat. One day I decided I would like to make an awesome vegan dish with a good salad. …
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How to overcome the post-holiday blues

Another summer has gone by…another time most of us as expats have to say goodbye to our family members back “home.” Now it’s time to start fresh and new and to slowly get back to our normal routine. Unread…
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Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival

Come to Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival! They’ve got live music, food, drinks, sports, activities for children, and much more! Right next to the water and perfect for spending time outdoors, the festival is as it is every year, A HIT! It’s…
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Vitaminstore Halve van Haarlem || September 24th 2017

The 33rd edition of the Halve van Haarlem will take place on September 27th, 2017. Both the start and finish are on the beautiful square in Haarlem, de Grote Markt. Fingers crossed the weather conditions will be optimal for all runners…
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Haarlemse Muggenronde 2017

This year marks the 60th anniversary for Haarlemse Muggenronde! Bring your children (9 – 15 years) and their bikes to join this year’s race to test their speed and agility and win daily prizes. Any bikes are welcome and participation…
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ProefPark Haarlem 2017

BRING ON THE NOMMMMS! Why commit to one restaurant for lunch or dinner when you can just go to ProefPark Haarlem and get anything your stomach desires! There will be at least 33 FOOD TRUCKS serving food from EVERY CONTINENT! Bring your family,…
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How to find a job in the Netherlands.

Tips to find a job here in The Netherlands; Don’t quit your previous job, you can work remotely at least for a while. It will sustain your condition during the period of big changes, when you won’t feel the ground under your feet and,…
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One Day Getaways – Exploring the Netherlands

The first time I have ever been to the Netherlands was last year. My partner got an internship in Amsterdam for 6 months so I was regularly visiting, spending a lot of time here. Finding an apartment in Amsterdam seemed to be a mission impossible,…
Haarlem Jazz
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Haarlem Jazz & More 2017

No article can effectively describe the sweet smooth sounds of jazz. And everyone knows jazz doesn’t sound any sweeter or smoother unless it’s FREE! Right here in the center of Haarlem, it’s the HAARLEM JAZZ & MORE FESTIVAL! Haarlem…
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My love hate relationship with post.nl

There are times when I love the postal (in particular post.nl) service here in The Netherlands. The track and trace system is awesome,  the app works mostly well and the service is on a whole pretty quick. However, there are times that…
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Culture Shock - what is it and how to deal with it.

Moving to a new place is exciting but it can also feel scary and overwhelming. You have to adapt to new people, a new language, a new way of doing things. You may have to change your eating habits or the way you behave (and even dress). Often…
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Haarlem Culinair 2017

Let’s skip the starters and jump right into the main course, HAARLEM CULINAIR is BACK! Come feed those bellies with delicious food from over 13 different restaurants! If that did not already entice you, there will be more than 10 different…
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Interview of the month 2017 Summer Edition with Merel Nahuysen

In my goal to inspire and supporting people, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Moving abroad is a big change and often challenging, but also filled with opportunities. Or not?  This month I introduce…
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India Corner, the best Indian restaurant in Haarlem

I am actually quite well acquainted with a good Indian takeaway. A born and bred Londoner, we have a strong palate for what is a good curry and what is not. In this multicultural city, you will find Indian restaurants galore and a curry…
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Haarlemse Vaardagen 2017

Boats, boats, and MORE BOATS! But not just any boats… BEAUTIFUL, AUTHENTIC DUTCH SHIPS! That’s right! Right here on our beloved Spaarne in Haarlem, it’s Haarlemse Vaardagen 2017! Come view these crafted Dutch ships FOR FREE from…