Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat
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Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat

I have been living in the Netherlands for more than 10 years. Like most expats, I was working for a large international corporation. Last year, I decided to make the big dive by quitting and setting up a one-man company axed on two activities…
Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe
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Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe

Last month Mercer released its annual Cost of Living City Rankings. The global survey ranked Amsterdam as the 39th most expensive city for expats worldwide and the 12th most expensive within Europe. Cost of Living City Survey Mercer's…
Understanding fine art photography (Photo: Foam Editions)
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Understanding fine art photography

The Amsterdam photo fair UNSEEN is rapidly approaching 18-21 September 2014. This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair with high expectations of seeing…
Belgians drink the most on holiday (Photo: Ibiza.nl)
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Belgians drink the most on holiday

With an average of 3.7 drinks per day, Belgians are the biggest drinkers among European holidaymakers.  This results from a study conducted by the travel website Zoover, surveying 4.000 Europeans from 10 different countries. Dutch…
Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care (Photo: Arianna Ardia)

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care

Are you looking for high quality childcare for your baby or toddler? Or thinking at changing type of childcare? Read more about the five most common types of childcare in the Netherlands in a series of five articles. Today part 2: Nanny Care…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges (Photo: Chaud)
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges

Do you have small children and are you thinking of moving abroad? Did you shift between cultures as a child? Are your children spending a significant part of their development years in a culture that isn’t their original one? If any of the…
Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More (Photo: Ad Timmers)
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Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More

Just a few days to go and the center of Haarlem will be "filled" by Jazz & More. Haarlem Jazz & More is the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe and takes place in our fantastic city! From August, Wednesday 13th till Saturday 16th the…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold" (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold"

Social media are filled by complaints about tepid beer. The beers would be served at much higher temperatures than the ideal five degrees. But according to beer sommelier Gijs Troost it's not so bad as the drink is slightly warmer. The…
Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…
Next Supermoon (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Next Supermoon

THIS SUNDAY, August 10th 2014: Supermoon Will Be Closest Pass Yet The August 2014 supermoon will be the closest the moon comes to earth all year and should be the best of the five supermoons of 2014 as it passes within 221,765 miles or…
World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and special invitation for our Haarlem breastfeeding mums (Photo: Breastfeeding Chicago)
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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and special invitation for our Haarlem breastfeeding mums

The World Breastfeeding Week 2014 is this week, between Aug 1-7. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action WABA has announced the slogan and theme for WBW 2014: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life! This year's WABA World Breastfeeding…
NLs in top five countries for mothers (Photo; Arianna Ardia)
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NLs in top five countries for mothers

The chance of a woman in the Netherlands dying during pregnancy or childbirth has decreased by over half since the start of the century. This makes the Netherlands the fifth-safest country in the world to have a baby. While at the end…
Topless sunbathing is out (Photo: Getty Images)
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Topless sunbathing is out

European women choose less and less for topless sunbathing  This is what the French Elle writes, according to The Independent. The magazine’s summer issue suggests that topless sunbathing is over, even on the French Riviera, known…
The Amsterdam Casual sex guide (Photo: Thinkstock)
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The Amsterdam Casual sex guide

The sun has been shining in Amsterdam, everywhere I look I see what appears to be the new fashion trend here, micro hot pants, or as the Jamaicans call them ‘batty riders.’ Here’s a tip for my female readers. If you’re wearing a backless…
Haarlem CS
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Haarlem CS

Haarlem CS (Central Station): origin, style, architectonic details, difference between Haarlem CS and railway stations in other cities, renovations, qualification as "Rijksmonument" (state monument) and decoration for both national as international…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer (Photo: Luca Coppola)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer

The most amazing thing in Holland is the attitude to consider that nothing is useless.. and that everything can produce income taking on a new value in the function of a new activity. This concerns particularly the new destinations of old churches.…
Holidays Under the Tuscan Sun (Photo: Lidia Bernabei)
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Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun

'La Dolce Vita', the sweet way of life, we can't get enough of it! La Dolce Vita at the Tuscan coast? Sun, sea, hills, culture, traditions, relax, good food & wines... ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! But sometimes we can't enjoy 100%: running…
Letter To the Young Mum in the Mammacare Waiting Area
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Letter To the Young Mum in the Mammacare Waiting Area

Yesterday in the waiting area I noticed you. You came out of the doctor's office, the same room that I came in a few minutes after. But in that fleeting moment that I was waiting to be called, I saw you. Your back lounged, partly seated…
Dutch population not getting enough sleep
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Dutch population not getting enough sleep

Many people in the Netherlands are not sleeping well. According to a study by NSWO, the Dutch sleep research organisation, almost one in two people are dissatisfied with the amount of sleep they get. NSWO conducted a sleep study in honour…
Cito scores 2014: Compare schools in your municipality (Photo: RTL Nieuws)
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Cito scores 2014: Compare schools in your municipality

RTL Nieuws has made a calculation tool to compare the final Cito test scores of elementary schools in each municipality. Look at the chart on the RTL Nieuws website RTL Nieuws gave each school a score. If you type in their tool the name…
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Spaarne 66, second best terrace!

Haarlem's restaurant "Spaarne 66" has ended as second best in the contest "Best Terrace of the Netherlands". The jury of the Misset Terras Top 100 was overwhelmed by the warmth of this family business which consists of mother Marianne Lemmers…
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Free Festival: Haarlem Culinair

Once a year the biggest free culinary festival within Haarlem takes place in our wonderful city centre. In 2014 even more restaurants will show their culinary creations at the 20th edition of Haarlem Culinair! The organisation of the culinary…
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Trampoline jumping in the depth

Since Friday 4 July the world's first 'underground trampoline' is in use. The surreal experience of Bounce Below is set within a historic disused slate cavern in Northern Wales, installed with massive bouncy nets to jump around in, unlike…
Best Pool of the Year Election (Photo: ANP)
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Best Pool of the Year Election

Summer! And that means (hopefully) nice weather. Time to look where the best outdoor pools are located. The annual Best Pool of the year Election has started again. After the first round two winners by province will be elected. The first…
12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know (Photo: Rachel Ranting)

12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know

1 – It doesn’t happen by magic Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and that they will learn all languages they hear regularly…
How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth (Photo: Sofeminine)
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How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth

The Shallow Man, after ten years in the Netherlands has learned many things about the Nederlandse samenleving. One of the things that has puzzled both myself and many other expats is why Dutch women are so loud. There have been many theories…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem, the temple of Haarlem's beer (Photo: Fashion Lady Lovely)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem, the temple of Haarlem's beer

It is well known that the Dutch love beer,.... so much that they created a temple in glory of this delicious and surprising beverage! The Jopenkerk opened in November 2010 in the old Jacobs church. When you enter this church you enter a world…
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Gluten and wheat free chocolate cake

Searching for a gluten and wheat free yummy chocolate cake??! If you don't mind some passing traffic and like sitting on a terrace across the water, then I suggest you to visit Brasserie Appel at the Spaarne. I just tried a piece…
The Best Exercises for High Calorie Burn

The Best Exercises for High Calorie Burn

We all know that exercise is an important part of every weight-loss or weight-management program. Get the most burn for your time with workouts that burn calories at the highest rates. Running Running is the #1 calorie-burning workout!…