Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer
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A fantastic program during Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer 2017

The Concours Hippique Haarlemmermeer comes back again. From Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, 2017, it's full enjoyment in the Haarlemmermeerse Bos in Hoofddorp.   History Almost as old as the polder itself: the Concours Hippique…
Haarlem Shopping Night
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Haarlem Shopping Night

Have you noticed any of the posters dotted around town lately? Yes, that's right, it's almost Haarlem Shopping Night! The city of Haarlem warmly invites all shopping enthusiasts to visit the city centre on Saturday 17th June. During the shopping…
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Happy Haarlem Photo Scavenger Hunts

A great way to meet new friends, meet the locals, explore Haarlem and have lots of fun. A fun event for tourists too! Explore the city, solve the clues and take a snap Sounds like fun and wanna know more? We will meet at 14.00 on Sunday 25th…
parents
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About to become Expat Parents?

Pregnancy and the bleary days of being new parents can be a tumultuous time. When you’re not on home ground it can be especially unsettling. But there are upsides to having a baby in a different country. You get to share the experience…
Childbirth
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Childbirth Preparation June/July Monday/Tuesday 2017 (Amsterdam)

The trainers suggest that in order to take part on the course you need to be in your third Trimester, at least 26 weeks pregnant. This course is designed for couples and  runs for five sessions every Monday and Tuesday starting on June 5th…
Interview of the month
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Interview of the month May 2017

My mission is to inspire people, by speaking and writing, but also by interviewing expats. Living abroad is such a change, which can be fun and scary at the same time. I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advices…
Housing event
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Housing Event 2017 & Social Networking Drink

Planning to rent, let, buy, build sell, renovate a house? Wanting to know how to get the best of your life abroad, know more about the International School Haarlem, or are you just interested in a social networking drink? This is the event…
European Cheese

30 European Cheeses to Try (Or not)

Do as the Europeans do and eat cheese. Have you tried any of these European cheeses?   1) Afuega’l Pitu, Spain Its name is derived from the local  dialect and means “choking cake”, because its unusual texture can make it…
kleverpark
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Kleverpark Festival is happening this Saturday

It's that time of year again and Kleverpark will be hosting their annual festival for the 33rd time. Kleverparkweg, Schotersingel and Van Ostadestraat transform into Kleverpark Festival grounds and stalls. This year, Kleverpark celebrates…
comfort zone
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Life Outside the Comfort Zone

“I am alive!” We should always carry this awareness with us as a background melody for each moment of our lives. It gives life a deeper meaning and value. Unfortunately, we often forget this simple fact and begin to take our presence…
art in vijfhoek
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Art in the Vijfhoek

The Vijfhoekkunstroute is an annual art event in the special Vijfhoek district in Haarlem. More than 100 artists from Haarlem and surrounding area will be exhibiting their work. Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and…
Mass
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Mass in English is available

 A weekly Mass in English will be offered in the Haarlem region. Masses will be celebrated at Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart church, Valkenburgerplein 19 in Heemstede. "Everyone is welcome to join us in worship. We’re particularly motivated…
Bevrijdingspop
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Haarlem is celebrating freedom with Bevrijdingspop.

On May 4th and May 5th, Haarlem is going to be celebrating freedom with a music festival called bevrijdingspop throughout the city. The city of Haarlem celebrates freedom in the festival called Bevrijdingspop.  The freedom festival was…
kindervriendelijk
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Haarlem - a “kindervriendelijk” city

Once you become a parent in the Netherlands, you’ll probably find that kindervriendelijk becomes one of your most frequent google searches. Your dinners out will turn into deliveroos and you’ll see yourself changing your favourite wine bar…
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…