Netherlands
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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…
culture shock
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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…
Jakarta
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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…
trakteren
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What does 'trakteren' really mean?

Just that one little Dutch word can send everyone running. Children because it's exciting and usually something delicious, adults because it's just one more of those things expected from you when living in the Netherlands. Anyone living…
elderly
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You should check in on your elderly neighbours

Has the West lost its ability to care for the vulnerable in society? Taking care of our own families is increasingly difficult in the 21st century; especially if some members live abroad and far away from other family members. The UK…
parksessies
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Parksessies Art Festival

Love to listen to live music from local bands? Have an eye for installations made by local artists? Want to experience creative culture for all ages while relaxing in the beautiful summer weather? Come to the Parksessies Art Festival! Parksessies…
dutch snacks
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Five Dutch snacks that will clog your arteries

As I eat my way through the delicious high in fat, high in sugar Dutch snacks, I often wonder why I don’t see more obese people in the Netherlands - then I almost get run over by a bike and realise that they have institutionalised exercise…
goodbye
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Saying goodbye for a healthy start.

“Goodbye…” It’s such a powerful and emotive word, isn’t it? And, as we will see, it’s more than just a word to signify a parting; it’s a way to complete a cycle. By saying healthy goodbyes we bring a sense of closure and ready…
ignorance
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I am from Tanzania, not Tasmania.

“Hello, I’m Edna and I come from Tanzania”, I introduce myself to a stranger at an expatriates event. “Oh, the devil! ”, he exclaims. Huh…did he just refer to me as the devil!? I contain myself and suppress the need to sarcastically…
Spaarne Concert
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Spaarne Concert July 1st.

The 2nd edition of the popular SpaarneConcert will take place in Haarlem on Saturday July 1st 2017. National and local musicians will perform together on stage between 19:00 and 23:00 hours. Everyone is welcome, young and old, to come…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Epiphany
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Epiphany celebrations

Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany or Three King's Day on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when…
New Year's plunge
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New Year's plunge

Those crazy Dutch! Once you survived Sinterklaas, Christmas and dodged the fireworks during new years eve you think you can finally relax. Well, guess again. How the tradition started I don't know but on the first of January masses of children,…
New Year
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Why New Year’s Eve is My Least Favourite Day of the Dutch Year

Those bangs you heard already in November? The ones that made you think for a split second that a gun battle had broken out in your Dutch neighbourhood? Those bangs are the reason I’ve always looked forward to a Dutch New Year’s Eve as…
Haarlem Jazz Wintereditie
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Haarlem’s Christmas carol singalong

Harlem Jazz & More Winter Edition with Christmas carols (Kerstsamenzang in Dutch) set against the backdrop of Haarlem’s historic buildings of the Grote Markt starts tonight at 19:00. The Christmas carol singalong at the Grote Markt…