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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?…
Beacon
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ExpatsHaarlem & Beacon Global Advisers join hands

Servicing Internationals in the Haarlem/ Amsterdam area, providing expats a solid social and professional network during their stay in the Netherlands. [Contributed by Beacon Global Advisers] Amsterdam / Haarlem A division of Beacon Global…
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OnBrand'16, the Leading Branding Conference for Marketing Professionals

OnBrand'16, the leading branding conference for international marketing professionals is nearly here. On Thursday, October 13th, industry experts, thought leaders, and marketing professionals will come together in the Beurs van Berlage in…
The Netherlands
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Things no one tells you about The Netherlands

I have been living in The Netherlands for a little while now and I am still discovering new things about this lowland country I now call home. But there are a few small things I wish I knew about this place from day one! Things I Wish I Knew…
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Why Haarlem is the worst place in the world during Fall.

It's the beginning of that time of the year when Haarlem turns into a wet leaf death trap! If you don't believe me, continue to read on...       Haarlem is the worst place to live during Fall.         This person isn't enjoying the…
I am not a tourist
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair 2016. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with free tickets

Learning Dutch, finding a house, experiencing Dutch culture, making connections, solving immigration and tax issues, and finding employment – all at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair for Internationals in the Beurs van Berlage - Amsterdam…
Toneelschuur
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Presentation International THEATER, MUSICAL Bonnie & Clide & EXPATSHAARLEM MONTHLY DRINK @ TONEELSCHUUR

The cultural season has started. Toneelschuur Haarlem is hosting for us a presentation of their international theater program, the English musical Bonnie & Clyde WITH EXPATSHAARLEM READERS & MEMBERS DISCOUNT  and the expatsHaarlem…
Halve Haarlem
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Halve van Haarlem

The 32nd edition of the Halve van Haarlem is happening on September 25th, 2016. Haarlem's biggest one-day sporting event attracts more than 4000 participants. Traditionally, the schedule will consist of the Half Marathon, the 10 km, 5 km, the…
tuschinski
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Amsterdam in the top 10 best European art deco cities

The American edition of The Guardian has proclaimed Amsterdam one of the best European cities for art deco design. Art deco’s straight lines and bold shapes were an expression of early-20th-century belief in technology and progress.…
taxi driver
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Taxi driver charges tourists €485 for Schiphol to Amsterdam trip

Last night a taxi driver in Amsterdam took a group of Chinese tourists hostage because they refused to pay 485 euros to take them from Schiphol airport to their hotel in the west of the city. ‘He said it was the normal amount,’…
Jopen Festival Haarlem
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Jopen Festival

Haarlem goes back in time outside the Jopen Kerk! The Haarlem Historical Festival is a relaxed atmosphere, with upbeat sounds, various artisans demonstrating their craft and the restaurant 't Good Time serves delicious dishes.  In the fourteenth…
Culture Festival
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Visit Haarlem's historic monuments.

Over four thousand stunning monuments across the Netherlands, including in Haarlem, will be opening their doors to the public on 10th and 11th September. This event is a fantastic opportunity to have a look around a place you wouldn’t ordinarily…
Summer
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Summer isn't over yet!

Don’t put away your Summer clothes yet: summer continues into September. After a little rain mixed in with the sunny spells today, Summer will be back next week.  From Tuesday it will be dry and sunny weather again. Tuesday the…
I'm no longer Charlie Hebdo
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I'm no longer Charlie Hebdo

Possibly I have no sense of humor. Charlie Hebdo's cartoon mocking my compatriot quake victims, among which many children, didn't made me laugh at all. Although I truly believe in press freedom I think that this cartoon is disrespectful and…
over the edge swing.
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New: Europe’s highest swings and thrill ride in Amsterdam

Amsterdam now boasts Europe’s highest over the edge swing. The over the edge swing let’s you swing over the edge (what’s in a name) of the one hundred meter high Lookout Observation Deck situated on top of the A’DAM Toren (tower), opposite…
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ProefPark Haarlem final weekend of August

The summer edition of ProefPark Haarlem will be held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, August 2016. What is ProefPark? ProefPark is a festival of cuisine from all around the world offered in food trucks! Participants include What Els, Ecopizza,…
Swim for Free
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Looking for the ideal place to swim (for free) in Haarlem?

Sport is on the minds of many with the Rio Olympics in full swing. Perhaps the Games are inspiring you to kick start your fitness regime, or to take your fitness to the next level? Here’s one tip, which you can try out, right on your doorstep…
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Haarlem Jazz and More 2016

Can you believe it's almost the end of August? It's sad that summer is coming to the end but on the brights side, every years at the end of August is Haarlem Jazz and More, the free five day music festival that takes place in the streets of…