Christmas Shopping in Haarlem
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Extra opening hours for shops in Haarlem at Christmas.

Hurrah! Now there is no excuse not to buy presents this year. In Haarlem shop owners can now keep their stores open for longer during the festive period. A new scheme which shop owners can opt in or out of, will allow shop owners to keep…
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Haarlem Connect 2016

A night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. Inspiration, information, social networking and fun!  Join the biggest connection event for internationals in the Haarlem area! Presentations, a…
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What the hell is Halloween?

Halloween has gone from a pagan to religious to commercial holiday. Nowadays many people don't know the real meaning of Halloween nor the origin of Halloween traditions.  Halloween today has come to represent candy and costumes and,…
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Why Haarlem is the worst place in the world during Fall.

It's the beginning of that time of the year when Haarlem turns into a wet leaf death trap! If you don't believe me, continue to read on...       Haarlem is the worst place to live during Fall.         This person isn't enjoying the…
I am not a tourist
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair 2016. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with free tickets

Learning Dutch, finding a house, experiencing Dutch culture, making connections, solving immigration and tax issues, and finding employment – all at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair for Internationals in the Beurs van Berlage - Amsterdam…
Toneelschuur
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Presentation International THEATER, MUSICAL Bonnie & Clide & EXPATSHAARLEM MONTHLY DRINK @ TONEELSCHUUR

The cultural season has started. Toneelschuur Haarlem is hosting for us a presentation of their international theater program, the English musical Bonnie & Clyde WITH EXPATSHAARLEM READERS & MEMBERS DISCOUNT  and the expatsHaarlem…
tuschinski
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Amsterdam in the top 10 best European art deco cities

The American edition of The Guardian has proclaimed Amsterdam one of the best European cities for art deco design. Art deco’s straight lines and bold shapes were an expression of early-20th-century belief in technology and progress.…
taxi driver
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Taxi driver charges tourists €485 for Schiphol to Amsterdam trip

Last night a taxi driver in Amsterdam took a group of Chinese tourists hostage because they refused to pay 485 euros to take them from Schiphol airport to their hotel in the west of the city. ‘He said it was the normal amount,’…
Jopen Festival Haarlem
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Jopen Festival

Haarlem goes back in time outside the Jopen Kerk! The Haarlem Historical Festival is a relaxed atmosphere, with upbeat sounds, various artisans demonstrating their craft and the restaurant 't Good Time serves delicious dishes.  In the fourteenth…
Culture Festival
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Visit Haarlem's historic monuments.

Over four thousand stunning monuments across the Netherlands, including in Haarlem, will be opening their doors to the public on 10th and 11th September. This event is a fantastic opportunity to have a look around a place you wouldn’t ordinarily…
Summer
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Summer isn't over yet!

Don’t put away your Summer clothes yet: summer continues into September. After a little rain mixed in with the sunny spells today, Summer will be back next week.  From Tuesday it will be dry and sunny weather again. Tuesday the…
over the edge swing.
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New: Europe’s highest swings and thrill ride in Amsterdam

Amsterdam now boasts Europe’s highest over the edge swing. The over the edge swing let’s you swing over the edge (what’s in a name) of the one hundred meter high Lookout Observation Deck situated on top of the A’DAM Toren (tower), opposite…
Swim for Free
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Looking for the ideal place to swim (for free) in Haarlem?

Sport is on the minds of many with the Rio Olympics in full swing. Perhaps the Games are inspiring you to kick start your fitness regime, or to take your fitness to the next level? Here’s one tip, which you can try out, right on your doorstep…
GreenJoy
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Aye Aye Captain! My journey on Greenjoy Boats.

Did you know you can hire your very own electric Greenjoy boat and drive it through the wonderful canals of Haarlem? With Greenjoy Boats you can pretend to be a ship's Captain and drive your very own open top boat through the stunning canals…
EuroPride
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Final Weekend of EuroPride in Amsterdam

This weekend is your last chance to celebrate universal love in Amsterdam with EuroPride 2016.  EuroPride, first held in 1991, takes place in a different European city every year and is being hosted by the Dutch capital in 2016 to mark 20…
CIRQUE ÉLOIZE
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Win 2 tickets to CIRQUE ÉLOIZE IN CARRÉ in Amsterdam

Wanna go to this overwhelming, high-quality artistic circus show in the Netherlands? We raffle 2 tickets!  CIRQUE ÉLOIZE Cirque Éloize’s iD is a performance that you just have to see, just like the first shows of Cirque du Soleil…
Cirque Éloize
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World top circus Cirque Éloize back in Carré

"Rarely, or perhaps never, was there such an overwhelming, high-quality artistic circus show in the Netherlands." Praise in the press and the public last summer, when the 15 top young artists of Cirque Éloize finally landed in the Netherlands…
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Rrrollend Foodtruck Festival in Hoofddorp

This year there will be the first edition of Rrrollend Hoofddorp! They promise to have "De beste foodtrucks en de lekkerste gerechten".  Rrrollend Hoofddorp! Program Friday August 19, 16.00 - 23.00 h. Saturday August 20, 12.00 - 23.00…
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New: Licor 43 Orochata, The secret of Southern Spain

We can sip this summer a brand new liqueur: Licor 43 Orochata. It contains 'Licor 43 Original' and is inspired by the refreshing regional specialty, 'Horchata' naturally made from almond milk. What you can expect from this unique newcomer? A…
Haarlem Culinair
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Haarlem Culinair is here!

Get ready to gorge yourself on the delicious culinary treats that Haarlem has to offer.  It's that time of the year when the Grote Markt in the center of Haarlem is turned into a foodie paradise. Restaurants in Haarlem are offering their…
Haarlem Picnic
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What are you doing tomorrow?

Tomorrow and every Wednesday till the 3rd August, the Haarlemmerhout Park is to be transformed by local artists and musicians into a summery creative picnic! That's right! A picnic full of artists, music and theater productions. Come…
Greenjoy Boat Renting
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Greenjoy Boat Renting Summer 2016: Special € 20 Discount for expatsHaarlem readers & members

Wow, it’s amazing.. SUNNY WEATHER IN THE NETHERLANDS! Can you believe it? Why not making the most of it then? The weather forecast seems to be pretty awesome for the coming week! Let's hope even weeks! Are you – like many others – eager…
The basilisks strike again
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Presentation English edition Haarlem Comic Book “The basilisks strike again”

The Friends of the Great or St.-Bavo’s Church in Haarlem are pleased to present the English edition of the comic book “The basilisks strike again” on Thursday, 21 July 2016, at 20.00 h. in the lounge of Stempels Hotel and Restaurant, Klokhuisplein…
Kloosterkeuken
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Time to Romance: Best Places in Haarlem to have a date

Whether you need a romantic spot to impress a new found love, rekindle an existing romance or just have your weekly date night. Haarlem has many spots from fine dining to magical walks. It is hard to narrow it down, but we gave it a go. So forget…
Review musical Pippin in Theater Carré Amsterdam
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Review musical Pippin in Theater Carré Amsterdam

I haven't seen that many musicals on stage even tough I am a big fan of movie musicals (from Mamma Mia to Cabaret), so when I found out that I won the expatsHaarlem contest to go and see Pippin at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam I…
blue wine
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Blue wine, a hit on terraces this summer?

It looks more like a sports drink or windshield wiper fluid than wine, but blue wine seems to be popular on restaurant terraces in 2016. Horeca Connoisseurs declared blue wine as the terrace hit of the summer. Vincent Janssen, importer of…
Spaarne
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A Weekend On The Spaarne.

The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of July will all be about the river Spaarne that meanders its way through Haarlem. Spaarne Concerto. On July the 2nd, for the very first time, a music concert will be held on the Spaarne. A unique line up…
NS alert
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NS alert service for train passengers who forget to check out

Today Dutch railway company NS launched a service to alert rail travellers if they forget to check out with their public transport smart card (OV-kaart) after completing their journey. People who sign up for the service will receive an…
Louisiana
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Expat Food Cravings: Where to fulfill them in Haarlem

As an expat you are bound to have at some point the cravings. The cravings? Yes, you know suddenly you miss a certain type of food from home. Sometimes it is simply some food you were used to, but it can't be found here. Or it is a food…
Haarlem shopping night
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Haarlem Shopping Night

This Saturday is Haarlem Shopping night! All the red carpets are to be rolled out, pop up markets and great discounts from participating shops will entice shoppers to spend their money throughout the night! This awesome night starts at…