Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

The future of photography, in a world where everyone has a high quality camera (Annie Leibovitz for DIsney. Photo: Disney. Published in Fast Company)

The future of photography in a world where everyone has a high quality camera

Renowned and highly respected photographer Annie Leibovitz recently gave an interview about the future of photography. In the interview, she pointed out how the difference between us (the photographers) and everyone else is, that we take…
Photo Stories 1895-2014 will tell you why (Photo: Lecturis)
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Photo Stories 1895-2014 will tell you why

Every photo has a story. Why does someone during his whole life shoot only woman legs? Who was the woman with the mysterious name Tai Aagen-Moro? And what's in the soup of Daguerre? More than one hundred fifty exceptional photographs from the…
Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")
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Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")

This summer, the Boerenplein (Farmer Square) next to the Jopenkerk is one of the nicest places in Haarlem. For many reasons. One of them: eight Sundays long fresh and healthy food enthusiasts can sit at long tables next to food trucks for lunch,…
Luilak Day
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race - Amsterdam 2014.
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expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2014

Urban Photo Race Kicks-off July 26 in Amsterdam. expatsHaarlem is one of the main sponsors of the race.  Amateur and professional photographers are invited to experience and share a unique view of Amsterdam in this exciting 12-hour competition…
Endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics found to affect sperm (photo by Shutterstock)

Endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics found to affect sperm

For a first time a direct link between exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals from industrial products and adverse effects on human sperm function has been found. These are the findings of a German - Danish team of researchers from the…
The Beatles' Influence on English-language in the Netherlands
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The Beatles' Influence on English-language in the Netherlands

Fifty years ago today, the Beatles arrived in the Netherlands – minus drummer Ringo Starr, who was hospitalized in London. The band was embarking on its first world tour. It would be the first and last time the Beatles performed in the Netherlands,…
The Italian ice cream goes on tour from Florence to Amsterdam (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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The Italian ice cream goes on tour from Florence to Amsterdam

"Gelato Festival", the Festival of the Italian ice cream, goes on tour: from Florence to Amsterdam, where the event will take place from August 7 to 10. Do you know that Italian ice cream comes from Italy? Of course! Do you know that it comes…
Duch toddlers' songs - Olifantje in het bos

Dutch toddlers' songs - Olifantje in het bos

Olifantje in het bos Laat je mamma toch niet los! Anders raak je de weg nog kwijt, en dan krijg je later spijt. Olifantje in het bos Laat je mamma toch niet los!   Don’t know the music? Our mini members Luca & Laura…
'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'
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'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding asks 'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?': 1,496,839 views in 2 weeks time! Cue Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, a worldwide very popular comedian who explores gender, sexuality, culture, stereotypes and identity.…
Appeltaart tuned into a Dutch Cheesecake with no oven (by Appetit Voyage)

Appeltaart tuned into a Dutch Cheesecake with no oven

This is a personal interpretation of the Dutch cheese cake / appeltaart. A quick and easy recipe mixing apples and cinnamon into a delicious cheesecake! I arrived in Haarlem (NL) a few years ago, to taste the life here! I already knew…
Haarlem Summer Photowalk (Photo: Carlos Charlez)
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Haarlem Summer Photowalk

Haarlem! Summer! Open Air! Photography! The best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK.   Come and join us in the 'Haarlem Summer Photowalk' on August 16th at 13:00. This is a joint event of expatsHaarlem Photo Club and the Amsterdam Photo…
English lessons to bilingual children in Haarlem and surroundings (Photo: Gerlinde de Haas)
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English lessons to bilingual children in Haarlem and surroundings

Haarlem is a great place to grow up for children and although there are many internationals living in Haarlem, there is currently no international education in Haarlem. Once at school, multilingual families often experience that the primary…
Real Espresso in Haarlem (Photo: Nick Ferrara)
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Real Espresso in Haarlem

Looking for a real espresso in Haarlem? Check out Mogador in the Botermarkt. Espresso here is always amazing and in my opinion the best in Haarlem.  
Nederlandse politiek voor dummies (Photo: Bol.com)
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Books - Nederlandse politiek voor dummies

Finally a book in which Dutch politics are understandably explained. In Dutch. Good exercise. How did Dutch politics start? What do members of the parliament do? How are decisions taken? What are the government and the parliament doing?…
Run for KiKa
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expatsHaarlem runs for KiKa, against cancer in children

It must be every parent's worst nightmare: hearing that your child has cancer. Every year 500 to 550 children in the Netherlands are diagnosed with this horrible disease. Today's cure ratio for cancer in children is 75%, which means there's…
Five forms of child care in the Netherlands - Day care

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 1: Day care

Are you expecting your first child soon? And are you looking for high-quality childcare for your baby? Or are you an expat family that has arranged childcare already, but would you like to reconsider whether this form of care still fits you…
"The art of the Brick" - Lego exhibition
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"The art of the Brick" - Lego exhibition

The Art of the Brick- Lego  museum exhibition tour  North America, Asia and Australia and now... the Netherlands! The Art of the Brick makes a stopover in Amsterdam during its international tour to allow visitors to marvel at incredible original…
Radio TV Design Museum in Haarlem is open again (Photo: RHT)
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Radio TV Design Museum in Haarlem is open again

The Radio TV Design Museum is open again since March 1, more than 2 years after the fire. The Radio TV Design Museum, housed in the attic above bike shop 't Mannetje in Spaarnwouderstraat, was struck on 22 February 2012 by a grave fire.…
Pig in a blanket recipe by Appetit Voyage

Piglets in a thick puffy blanket

I adapted the traditional pig in a blanket snack recipe into this so easy and quick one, that it will become one of your must haves in any of your parties! Some years ago, it was difficult to find some ready to cook puffy pastry dough,…
Spijt! wins best European youth film
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Spijt! wins best European youth film

The Dutch youth film Spijt! has won the European Film Academy Young Audience Award on Sunday evening in Erfurt, Germany. The film by Dave Schram recorded against the Danish MGP Missionen and the German The Stormwind. Young people between 12…
Orange clothes that come with beer
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World cup 2014: Orange clothes that come with beer

On June 12th 10 pm (Dutch time) the waiting is finally over: In Arena Corinthians, Sao Paolo, home country Brazil will kick off the FIFA world cup against Croatia. With less than a month to go and orange fever slowly starting to rear its fugly…
Full house for Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt at Stadsschouwburg Haarlem
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Full house for Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt at Stadsschouwburg Haarlem

expatsHaarlem has published an article informing her readers about a free theater show with good reviews: Vuile Was with Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt. Nice! I got a free ticket and last week I saw the young talented comedian Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt…
Join us on the Vijfhoekkunstroute 2014
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Join us on the Vijfhoekkunstroute 2014

This weekend the 9th edition of the Vijfhoekkunstroute (Vijfhoek Art Walk) will be held in Haarlem. EXPATSHAARLEM is going to be there too!! On May 17th,Eduard, member of expatsHaarlem, real Haarlemmer and therefore Haarlem Expert (!), will…
Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow! (Photo: Katherine Strous)
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Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow!

Food Revolution Day 2014 is coming on May 16th and it’s happening here in the Netherlands. The Food Revolution Day (FRD) is an initiative organised by famous chef and food activist, Jamie Olivier to inspire people to eat more healthy and to…
expatsHaarlem living on the edge: drinking Chianti wine
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Myth busted: Red wine and chocolate don't make you live longer.

It has been common knowledge for decades: There is something in red wine that also happens to pop up in the chocolate ingredient list and is super healthy! This substance makes up for the bad effects of saturated fat and alcohol and prevents…
ETOS proclaimed best drugstore of the Netherlands by consumers (Photo: Careality.nl)
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Gfk: Etos best drugstore of the Netherlands

Etos has been named best drugstore in the Netherlands. In a yearly research project, conducted by market research agency Gfk, D.I.O. drogist came in second, followed by DA. Over 6000 consumers were consulted to rank the 6 large drugstore…
New rules for day care tax reduction in 2014 (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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New rules for day care tax reduction in 2014

Working and having or expecting to have kids at the day care in 2014? Be aware that from 2014 there are new rules for the Childcare Payment Request to have tax reduction. If you are working and paying taxes for childcare in the Netherlands…
10 May: Nationale Molendag / National Windmill Day (Photo: Luca Guarnieri)
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10 & 11 May: Nationale Molendag / National Windmill Day

Windmills are an iconic part of the Dutch landscape.. and a visit to one is a must for visitors in the Netherlands. On Nationale Molendag (National Windmill Day), this weekend, about 950 windmills throughout Holland will be open to the public.  Every…
Nilgün Yerli shows Onbeperkt Genieten in the Philharmonie (Photo: Nilgun Yerli website)
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Nilgün Yerli shows Onbeperkt Genieten in Stadsschouwburg (7 May)

"Pooping is also a form of enjoyment, but nobody appreciates it, you take it for granted".  Tomorrow evening Nilgün Yerli shows "Onbeperkt Genieten" (Unlimited Enjoyment) in Stadsschouwburg theatre in Haarlem. In this piece Nilgün Yerli…