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What no one tells you before you move abroad

I remember when my partner got a job here in the Netherlands and the thought of starting a new life here emerged for the first time. Of course, my closest family was worried and sad about me moving and also some of my friends too. But most…
holiday blues
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How to overcome the post-holiday blues

Another summer has gone by…another time most of us as expats have to say goodbye to our family members back “home.” Now it’s time to start fresh and new and to slowly get back to our normal routine. Unread…
halve van haarlem
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Vitaminstore Halve van Haarlem || September 24th 2017

The 33rd edition of the Halve van Haarlem will take place on September 27th, 2017. Both the start and finish are on the beautiful square in Haarlem, de Grote Markt. Fingers crossed the weather conditions will be optimal for all runners…
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Culture Shock - what is it and how to deal with it.

Moving to a new place is exciting but it can also feel scary and overwhelming. You have to adapt to new people, a new language, a new way of doing things. You may have to change your eating habits or the way you behave (and even dress). Often…
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You should check in on your elderly neighbours

Has the West lost its ability to care for the vulnerable in society? Taking care of our own families is increasingly difficult in the 21st century; especially if some members live abroad and far away from other family members. The UK…
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Saying goodbye for a healthy start.

“Goodbye…” It’s such a powerful and emotive word, isn’t it? And, as we will see, it’s more than just a word to signify a parting; it’s a way to complete a cycle. By saying healthy goodbyes we bring a sense of closure and ready…
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Hot dogs: a guide to summer with your four-legged friend.

As a dog trainer who often works outside, I feel it’s essential that all my fellow dog lovers and owners are aware of certain dangers. Whilst the Summer months are indeed delightful, they are accompanied with seasonal dog-owner duties and…
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Life Outside the Comfort Zone

“I am alive!” We should always carry this awareness with us as a background melody for each moment of our lives. It gives life a deeper meaning and value. Unfortunately, we often forget this simple fact and begin to take our presence…
loneliness
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Tips on how to overcome loneliness.

Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is a universal human emotion, yet it is both complex and unique to each individual. Your experience of it may be different…
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I got a holistic massage and went on a mini vacation.

Last week Friday I got my first ever holistic massage by Ellen. I admit I was a little skeptical and I didn’t really know what a holistic massage entails, but I was determined to go ahead and keep an open mind. What is a holistic massage? Holistic…
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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…
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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 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…
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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…
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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…
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…
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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Couple Communication: Heaven or Hell?

We are all busy with our love relationships: past, present and even future ones. They take so much of our time because they can bring us into a Heaven made of fulfillment, love and appreciation. Or, just as easily, into a real Hell, full of…
Buitenkunst - outdoor theater workshop
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A Perfectionist Learning to Live Life More Fully

I’ve studied and written about perfectionism plenty . . . my own experience with it, tips to overcome it, etc. But what I now know better than ever is that all the reading in the world doesn’t help one deal with it compared to a living,…
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Dille & Kamille Haarlem new! A feast for foodies ...

Dille & Kamille at Anegang has reopened its doors after a major renovation. The night before the alderman of Economic Affairs Joyce Langacker officially cut the opening ribbon. The store has become much wider: the neighboring building…
Massage
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Zen Through ‘Hands By Ellen’ Holistic Massage

Today I visited the Holistic massage practice of Ellen Goossens, Hands By Ellen. I had never heard of Holistic before and it was completely new to me. But Ellen introduced me to her way of massaging and the meaning of Holistic in a pleasant…
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Sitting is the new smoking, and the Dutch are the official European champions!

Yep that’s right, Dutchies apparently like to sit, more so than any other nation in Europe. With a national average of 6.8 hours per day versus the European average of 5.2 hours, the Dutch are, (surprisingly) a nation of dedicated sitters…
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Fighting Flu with the Power of Nature

Did you manage to escape the flu epidemic in the Netherlands this year? If so, congratulations! You must have a very strong immune system! If, like me, you were floored by the virus (and twice in my case!) you might be wondering what simple…

The Connecting Power of Anger

(Note: we're continuing with the theme of anger, this time how it has the power to connect--with yourself and with others--with new communication skills.) If you’re anything like the old me, you’re probably confused at the notion that…
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It's official! Women need more sleep than men

Research shows a lack of sleep leads to greater health issues in women than in men. Women need an extra 20 minutes more in bed, according to a scientific study. It turns out women really do need a lie-in, according to scientists. A…
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Johnson & Johnson admits: their baby products contain cancer-causing chemicals

How is it possible that trusted corporations, headed by mothers and fathers just like you and me, sell potentially cancer-causing baby products? Any kind of carcinogenic material shouldn't come into contact with things we put in and on our bodies,…
Anger
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Anger: how to understand and express your hostile emotions

Anger is one of the most powerful and primary emotions of human beings. With the improvement of living conditions in modern societies, we would expect to see its presence decreasing, but is that actually happening? Tantrums, fights in the street,…
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Chocolate can ‘improve brain function’

Good news for chocolate lovers: eating chocolate regularly has been found to have a positive association with cognitive performance, according to a new study. Published in the journal Appetite, researchers used data collected from a Maine-Syracuse…
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The loneliness behind a “professional” mask

Wanting to come across as having it together, on top of it all, near perfect—my definition of “professional”—has been a lifelong strategy of mine. Some might say it’s an American cultural thing. I can’t be certain of that, but I…
Holidays
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Holidays and home visits…finding the balance

Holidays are meant to be fun, right? And yet often they’re fraught with expectation and obligation and can leave us feeling frazzled. This is especially true for expats, who tend to plan “home visits” in key holiday periods and emerge…