Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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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!…
Patxaran in Haarlem, the true flavor of Spain
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Patxaran in Haarlem, the true flavor of Spain

Wouldn't you like to feel like in Spain, in a real tapas bar in the Vasc country choosing pinchos from the bar and collecting your toothpicks? The answer: Patxaran! Now you can feel like being in Spain when you get into the Patxaran…
21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem (21st Century Global School)
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21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem

21st Century Global School - Interview with the founder, Ingrid Elbertsen Ingrid gives us a warm welcome into her new school, the 21st Century Global School on the Korte Verspronckweg in Haarlem, which will be the first bilingual school…
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Yes. Summer has finally arrived..!!

In case you haven't noticed.. Today it's June 21st. In other words; "The Longest Day Of The Year!" So, a good reason to celebrate the summer.. If you feel like embracing the summer Then go for it! Get out of your comfort zone, challenge…
Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children
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Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children

At least 5 crèches in the Netherlands now refuse children who have not been vaccinated, according to a survey conducted by RTL News. Of 560 daycare organizations that responded to RTL’s questions about vaccination policies, 118 said…
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Spring photo contest: we have a winner!

Back in May we had this photo contest where our members could upload their best spring photo. We received some nice ones, some that were a bit less nice and a few outstanding photos that really gave us that crisp new spring feeling. According…
INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING (Photo: Arianna, Daniel, Novita)
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INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, the Internationally-Touring Canadian Stand-Up Comedian, has performed in 35 countries worldwide. His intelligent cultural and social observations are delivered with a high energetic, flamboyant style that is impossible…
Shit Expats Say in The Netherlands
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Shit Expats Say in the Netherlands

Stand-up Comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding explores expat culture in the Netherlands. Performing soon for expatsHaarlem!  
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Songs not to play on Father's Day

Songs not to play on Father’s Day   It is Father’s Day today. There are a lot of great songs about fathers but try to avoid playing these around your dad today.   5.) John Denver- Please Daddy (Don’t get drunk this…
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Father's Day

Father’s Day (Vaderdag) in the Netherlands is always the third Sunday of June: this year on June 15th.  What's Father's Day? According to Wikipedia Father's Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds…
This weekend: today Vlaggetjesdag in Scheveningen; tomorrow: Fish market in Ijmuiden (Photo: Spits)
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This weekend: today Vlaggetjesdag in Scheveningen; tomorrow: Fish market in IJmuiden

Vlaggetjesdag” (Flag Day) festival is celebrated today, June 14th, in Scheveningen. “Vlaggetjesdag” (Flag Day) was the celebration welcoming the arrival of the first young herring of the season to the port of Scheveningen, Vlaardingen…
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Beach Body Diet Tips (Photo: Fitness Magazine)
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Beach Body Diet Tips

With the summer sun heating things up, it’s time to shed those heavy clothes or better yet, hit the beach or pool to cool off. With that thought in mind everyone seems to be gearing up to show off their toned beach bodies. As health and…
Clothing industry revises children's sizes (Photo: NOS)
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Clothing industry revises children's sizes

Dutch children are on average 2 kilos heavier than they were 12 years ago, and their waists are 4 cm thicker, according to research institute TNO. "The current children sizes, of 12 years ago, are too small nowadays. Children have become…
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…