Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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…
Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2014 (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2014

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek…
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expatsHaarlem OPEN !

So we built this new place for you. We got cake, champagne, balloons and decorated the whole place. Now we will put some great music on, sit back and wait till the guests come in.   Welcome! expatsHaarlem team.
World Press Photo Contest 2014: Signals from Djibouti (Photo: John Stanmeyer)
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World Press Photo Contest 2014: Signals from Djibouti

On February 14, the winners of the prestigious annual World Press Photo contest were announced in Amsterdam. John Stanmeyer from the U.S. received the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2013 with his piece "Signal". On a dark african…
Google Glass for sale to anybody in the US. Or not? (Photo: TechCrunch)
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Google Glass for sale to anybody in the US. Or not?

From today Google Glass is for sale to anybody in the US. This is what Android Police and later Nu.nl communicated this Thursday, April 24. The article in Nu.nl mentions that earlier this month, Google Glass was available for all residents…
Transavia brings people in Italian atmospheres (Photo: Adformatie)
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Transavia brings people in Italian atmospheres

The Italianizer of Transavia: what an original way to promote flights! Promotion with fun! Well done! Transavia has two Italian sun holidays promoted in a fun way: a bus stop in Amsterdam was equipped with the so-called 'Italianizer', an…
Working atmosphere more important than money (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Working atmosphere more important than money

Research by Jobbird.com shows that only 14 percent of the employees consider the salary as the most important factor when choosing a new job. The working atmosphere / colleagues (36 percent) and the tasks and responsibilities of the job function…
See the Netherlands by Train (Photo: Nick Ferrara)
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See the Netherlands by Train

The weather is starting to get nice again and at least for me that means time to get out and explore.  Did you know that it is possible to travel all through the country for a whole day for around €15?  That's a great deal and I'm going…
Dutch language required for social security: "no Dutch, no welfare" (Picture: RTL Nieuws)
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Dutch language required for social security: "no Dutch, no welfare"

Who doesn't speak and doesn't want to learn the Dutch language, will lose his welfare within a year. The law "no Dutch, no welfare" should be applied from next year. This is a bill that State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs sent…
The government has extended the leave regulation (Picture: Arianna Ardia)
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The government has extended the leave regulation

If a mother dies during giving birth to her child, the father will get from now on her maternity leave. This should ensure that the newborn can count on the care of a parent in the first period of his life. This plan of the Minister of Social…
Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

This recipe is a free adaptation of the French quiche but made with spring onion, bell pepper and bacon, perfect for a light lunch or for the weekend! It takes no more than 30 minutes to be ready to serve and it is really quick and…
Free show at the City Theatre (Photo: website Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt )
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Free show at the City Theatre (May 6th)

Vuile Was with Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt. Yvonne is a symbol. A symbol of young, creative, ambitious people who apparently live a shiny and happy life, but encounter a huge thick wall. Bam!  Generation Y. The Y of Yvonne. The generation…
Glennis Grace live in charity concert at open air theater in Bloemendaal (Photo: Twitter)
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Glennis Grace live in charity concert in Bloemendaal

Glennis Grace gives a benefit concert on Thursday, June 19th at open air theatre Caprera in Bloemendaal. The concert, which is part of her theater tour, will raise money to keep young girls abroad away from prostitution. Free a girl…
Downloading illegal
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Downloading from illegal sources: as of today officially forbidden

Illegal downloading didn’t exist in the Netherlands. Now it does. As a consequence of a judgement of this morning of the European Court of Justice about the unfairness of home charge copy, illegal downloading of movies, music and other…
A lot of tick bites in our dunes
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A lot of tick bites in our dunes

The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Tekenradar counted almost 9.000 tick bites. People sent 1.500 ticks to the RIVM Institute. 20% of these seemed to be transporters of…
Still 7.4% of the Dutch use end of live Windows XP
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Still 7.4% of the Dutch use end of live Windows XP

On the last day that security updates about Windows XP were offered, 7.4% of the Dutch consumers and companies still use Windows XP, the outdated operating system of Microsoft. In the Netherlands the usage of Windows XP is however lower than…