Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Epiphany
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Epiphany celebrations

Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany or Three King's Day on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when…
TONY'S CHOCOLONELY BEER
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TONY'S CHOCOLONELY BEER!

From now Tony's Chocolonely makes also beer! Available since yesterday, 1 January 2017. Tony's Chocolonely makes Tony's Chocolate Milk Stout makes together with brewery Prael. Beer that tastes like chocolate? Sounds worth tasting it. This…
Oliebollen

Oliebollen, a Dutch New Year's tradition

It is a Dutch tradition to eat 'oliebollen' on New Year's Eve. What's that, what's their origin, where to buy the best ones and how to bake them? Here we go... Oliebollen? Oliebollen are a traditional Dutch delicacy eaten during winter.…
New Year's plunge
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New Year's plunge

Those crazy Dutch! Once you survived Sinterklaas, Christmas and dodged the fireworks during new years eve you think you can finally relax. Well, guess again. How the tradition started I don't know but on the first of January masses of children,…
New Year
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Why New Year’s Eve is My Least Favourite Day of the Dutch Year

Those bangs you heard already in November? The ones that made you think for a split second that a gun battle had broken out in your Dutch neighbourhood? Those bangs are the reason I’ve always looked forward to a Dutch New Year’s Eve as…
Winteland Hoofddorp
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Winterland Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winterland Hoofddorp. An ice rink in a fairytale atmosphere, crackling fireplaces, hot glühwein and delicious winter dishes. The Town Hall Square has been transformed into Winterland Hoofddorp. A place…
festive season
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Help! I got the festive season blues

The festive season and end-of-year celebrations are supposed to be the most joyous time of the year: fancy dress, gourmet foods, decorations, lights, parties, music, gifts and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But this is…
Haarlem Jazz Wintereditie
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Haarlem’s Christmas carol singalong

Harlem Jazz & More Winter Edition with Christmas carols (Kerstsamenzang in Dutch) set against the backdrop of Haarlem’s historic buildings of the Grote Markt starts tonight at 19:00. The Christmas carol singalong at the Grote Markt…
the Haarlem International School
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New Haarlem International School in September 2017

If all goes to plan, the new Haarlem International School will open its doors in September 2017. ExpatsHaarlem proudly announces its partnership with the School. The school will be located somewhere within Haarlem’s municipal borders…
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Shopping in Haarlemmermeer

Haarlemmermeer is a great place to shop. The largest in shopping areas can be found in Hoofddorp and at Schiphol Airport. In the centre of Hoofddorp and at Schiphol Airport (in front of Customs) you will find a wide selection of both…
Shopping Haarlem
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Christmas extra shopping hours in Haarlem

You don't have all the Christmas shopping done yet? You can make use of the extra long opening hours in the city centre. - Thursday, December 22 till 21:00 h. - Friday, December 23 till 21:00h. - Saturday December 24 till 17:00 Please…
Nachttrein Haarlem_Amsterdam
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The night train between Haarlem and Amsterdam is a fact

On the night of Friday 16 to Saturday 17 December the long-cherished wish of many Haarlemmers will be fulfilled: Haarlem is connected to the night network of the Dutch Railways. ExpatsHaarlem is invited for the festive start, the very first…
Haarlem Connect 2016
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HAARLEM CONNECT 2016: THE EVE, THE MOVIE, THE PHOTOS

It was a night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. It was great to see you there. Here are the movie and the photos. Can't wait to see the movie or the photos? The Haarlem Connect…
Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016
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Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016

For the fifth time Winkeliersvereniging Raaks, Café Brilliant and Jopenkerk Haarlem join hands to organize the Haarlem Winter Beer Festival. The Haarlem Winter Beer Festival is this weekend, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, 2016.…
Kerstmarkt Haarlem (Photo: Haarlem Marketing)
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Overcrowded Christmas market Haarlem in the top 5 of the Netherlands

The Christmas market in Haarlem is one of the biggest in our country. And overcrowded. The municipality expects this weekend more than 200,000 visitors! You are warned.   In the second weekend of December the city centre is completely…
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My First Sinterklaas

This past weekend on the evening of December 5th, I celebrated my first Sinterklaas. I first learnt of the old Dutch custom earlier this year when moving to Haarlem with my Dutch boyfriend. As a Canadian new to the tradition, I would like to…
Sinterklaas
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Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus

They both work in the same sector, wear red, and have a big white beard. For Piet's sake: what's the difference?  The Big Day Sinterklaas: Sinterklaas' "heerlijk avondje" / delicious is 5 December, although Sint arrives with a steamer…
Interview of the month
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Interview of the month November 2016

Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. How can an expat integrate easily? In my goal to support people with confidence and languages, I hear many real-life stories.  Through…
Sinterklaas 101
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Sinterklaas 101: The Festive Period Dutch Style

It's that time of year! Sinterklaas has arrived and with him many traditions. *ahem* some you may not like *ahem* Here is a basic break down of what this all means and what traditions you may want to take part in.  Sinterklaas 101. Sinterklaas…
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

This Sunday 13 November, St Nicholas will once again be arriving on the river Spaarne to visit the city centre of Haarlem. The boat is on its way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocoladeletters and pepernoten but who and what will…
Jip & Janneke (image: Annie M.G. Schmidt)
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Crafting a lantern for Sint Maarten

On November 11, it's Sint Maarten (Saint Martin)' s Day. Sint Maarten is a great children’s event! Ringing doorbells, singing songs at the doors in exchange for a treat (sweets, mandarins or even some small coins) and - as darkness falls -…
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…
Donald Trump President
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Donald Trump Elected President Of The United States

Say “President Donald J. Trump.” Say it three times, “President Donald J. Trump.”. No. Noo... really? Now we will have to say it again and again. Because it's official: Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. In…
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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…
Interview Alessandra
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INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH OCTOBER 2016

In my goal to support people with confidence and languages, I take interviews and hope to inspire you to fulfill your goal. This month I introduce to you  Alessandra from Italy! Interview with Alessandra Murmura Original country: Italy Expat…
Ollie is ready for Halloween pumpkins. Are you?
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Ollie is ready for Halloween pumpkins. Are you?

Looking for indoor activities for your little one on a rainy day? How about helping Ollie to find pumpkins for upcoming Halloween? Looking for How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin? Check it out here.
How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin
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How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin

Many people would like to carve Halloween pumpkins! Getting in the mood, preparing the atmosphere for a party, surprising kids.... Plus, what could be more therapeutic than hacking a pumpkin to bits? But Pumpkin carving isn't just for…
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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,…
Birthday
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The Traditional Dutch Birthday Party!

It is my birthday today. (On a Wednesday, I know! Middle of the week birthdays suck!) And of course I have been asked by various friends how am I planning to celebrate? This year I think I may have a quiet celebration with just my partner…
Free Financial Education Seminar for Expats
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Free Financial Education Seminar for Expats

Do you know the financial implications of you being an expat? The need for financial information and investment needs of an expat differ from that of a “regular” employee. What does it mean to be an expat? And how do your finances change?…