Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Eat at home
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Eat at home before going to a Dutch home.

It is 16:00 hours and I am at my future in-laws house having tea and two cookies. The conversation is flowing and we are getting along well. It is 18:00 hours and we are still having tea. I know this because I am hungry and I have just looked…
Housing Market
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The real estate agent in control

Fifty people showing up to see a house, knockout offers that takes a property of the market within a few hours, offers 20% above asking price: the housing market has turned from a buyer's into a seller's market within a year, which leaves the…
Warung Mini Den Haag
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Warung Mini in Den Haag

'For nearly two decades Warung Mini on the Amsterdamse Veerkade in The Hague’s city center has been a popular place to eat for the locals in (and outside of) The Hague area. Warung Mini literally means 'small shop' in Indonesian, which…
Confidence
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The KEY to awaken your confidence

Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet many people struggle to find it. How would you feel with more confidence? Studies have shown that people with more confidence feel more successful. They set…
Alternative Facts
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Alternative facts about the Netherlands

In the world of alternative facts I thought it would be helpful to show you the sides of The Netherlands you probably, maybe, very unlikely didn't know about this high land country.   Take a look at Leiden;     A…
Funny Dutch Words
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15 Funny Dutch Words

On your journey on learning Dutch (yes it is a journey, a rather large one) you will come across some ‘funny’ phrases and words. Why beat around the bush when you can be direct like a Dutch person? Here are 15 funny Dutch words I have,…
Belsazar Vermouth
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New Summer Drink: Belsazar Vermouth

Vitamin D gives us the boost we so desperately seek and it tempts us go outside and socialize with everyone, everywhere. Dutchies know how to party, especially with the combination of sun and drinks. There is good news for you! There is exactly…
Expat Survey
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How does the Netherlands rate in the Global Expat Survey?

Ever wondered which country has the best work-life balance? Which is the best for raising children? Or which is the friendliest towards foreigners? And just how does the Netherlands compare in the global rankings? Expat Insider – one of…
America first, make Netherlands second because they requested it!

America first, make Netherlands second because they requested it

Let’s make the Netherlands second.  (we asked first!) Introduction video Many of you read our post about the magnificent introduction video to the Netherlands, geared uniquely towards the new Big Man, Donald J Trump, and went to watch the…
New Year's Drink 2017
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NEW YEAR'S DRINK 2017

Let's meet and celebrate the New Year together! A New Year's toast, quiz & time time to meet, talk and get to know each other. We wait for you on Friday, January 27, 2017. Our readers, members, friends, partners, acquaintances, business…
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Amsterdam Bus
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Cashless Travel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB announced of its aims to make all public transport in the capital cash-free in 2017. From March 26th, all buses in Amsterdam will cease to accept cash payments. For night buses, this rule will take effect…
Population
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The population is growing

Since 2008, the population of The Netherlands has grown in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam as live births and migrants to the cities outnumbered the amount of deaths and people who left.   Growth According to the Central…
Baby Names
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The most popular Dutch baby name list has been published by SVB

The popular names list is published every year by the social insurance bank, SVB. 88,494 boys and 84,286 girls in total were born in the Netherlands in 2016. Here is the list of the most popular names; TOP 10 Girl Names 2016 (with various…
National Tulip Day
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National Tulip Day

The start to Tulip season officially begins on Dam Square in Amsterdam.  The event is organised by Dutch tulip growers who build a unique tulip picking garden on Dam Square. Anyone can come and see the tulips and pick your very own, for…
Dutch Trains
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Dutch electric trains are fully powered by wind energy

The Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by the national railway company, NS. The two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS electric trains should run on wind energy. “So we in…
Tokorico tempeh roti
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Tokorico: A little slice of fire and spice on the Botermarkt

In need of some exotic Suriname cuisine to warm up these winter nights? Or perhaps you’re hitting the January sales and need a quick, tasty lunchtime fix? Then consider Tokorico, a little takeaway joint on the Botermarkt which opened in April…
winter
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‘Real’ winter is coming

It seems more like it's still fall today but 'real' winter is on its way and will arrive tomorrow in the Netherlands. You can even pick up the skates out. Snow and ice at the end of the week Don't forget your gloves when you get on a…
New Year Resolutions
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20 New Year resolutions

The start of a year is also when people evaluate what they have done during the past year and what they should change in the upcoming year: the so-called New Year resolutions. Here are 20 very common ones, numbered but not intentionally ranked…
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…