Box bike threat (Foto:ANP)
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Police fear for cargo bike attack in Amsterdam

The terror threat on two (or three) wheels...Dutch police warn that terrorists may be planning to use a cargo bike to launch an attack in Amsterdam during the New Year celebrations. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, police in Amsterdam…
house prices
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Highest increase in house prices in 7,5 years

Existing houses for sale were 3.8 percent more expensive in November this year than a year ago. This is the biggest rise on an annual basis in 7,5 years, according to the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de statistiek) and the Kadaster. Since the…
Warm Christmas
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Dutch Christmas warmest on record

This year’s Christmas were the warmest December 25 and 26 since official records began in 1906. The warm weather means the sea will be a relatively comfortable nine degrees for the traditional swim on New Year’s Day. So, what are you waiting…
Toddler Tips: The “No!” Phase

Toddler Tips: The “No!” Phase

Your toddler is developing at a very fast pace. One day they he is a helpless little baby, not being able to communicate effectively and making an effort to crawl, and the other he can suddenly walk, talk and make choices. Well, it’s not that…
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…
holidays
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12 Powerful (and Inexpensive) Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We have all heard it before: the holidays are a time for giving, for selflessness and random acts of kindness. It feels good to give, not only for the recipient but for the giver as well; many scientific studies show giving, especially in the…
The Warwick Rowers

Almost Christmas: Time for The Warwick Rowers' New Calendar

The charity nude Warwick Rowers, are back with a bang. The crew team from the University of Warwick released their 6th annual calendar, featuring some glorious homoeroticism in a heroic/ hot attempt to combat homophobia in sports. Calendar…
birth
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I gave birth in the Netherlands - and it didn't suck

As a foreigner living in the Netherlands, probably you've heard all the "horror" stories about giving birth in this country in where women HAVE to give birth without drugs, or that there are barely any prenatal check-ups (what do you mean only…
Interview month
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month December

This month I introduce you to Nathalia, who shares her experiences with us. From Brazil to The Netherlands… all for LOVE…. In my goal to support expats, I interview regularly, revealing great stories and advise. Whether you are an expat…
Connected
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Tips for Staying Connected with your Partner during the Holidays

If I were really honest, the TOP thing on my holiday wish would be to spend the coming month with minimum stress and maximum enjoyment and connection with the people who are MOST important to me. Yet each end-of-the-year presents great challenges,…
Taste of Home
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A Taste of Home in Haarlem

A Taste of Home in Haarlem: a characteristic food shop, in the heart of Haarlem with sweet treats, drinks, and foods from abroad. The perfect place to get your Christmas crackers, puddings and mince pies. We interviewed the owner, Lauren…
Gifts
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Top tips in choosing gifts for children for the holiday season

The holiday season can be a period of frenzy for most parents. With all the assortment of toys and gadgets, parents feel the pressure in choosing the right gifts that not only will be appreciated but would hopefully also benefit their development. So…
Sinterklaas
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Is Zwarte Piet an outdated Sinterklaas tradition?

It was a surprise that the culture shock around Zwarte Piet hit me, a Canadian and half-Dutchie, very hard. It was difficult not to be shocked and offended by what I recognize as a tradition of blackface. I always try to respect local cultures…
Gevulde Speculaas uit het Grote Sinterklaas Kookboek
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Gevulde Speculaas uit het Grote Sinterklaas Kookboek (Dutch)

Sint is in het land en dat vieren wij. Met een enorme plak gevulde speculaas. Heerlijk voor kinderen èn volwassenen. Het recept komt uit Het Grote Sinterklaas Kookboek. Inderdaad: dat is hét grote boek voor de bak- en braadpiet! Yolanda…
Dutch Language exercise: Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet

Dutch Language exercise: Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet

Dutch Language exercise: choose the correct answer for each of the gaps. Sinterklaas woont in Spanje en Zwarte Piet is zijn helper. De Sint is een oude plan man maan baan met een lange witte baard. Hij heeft een mijter op zijn hoofd…
Bike
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My First Dutch Bike

I am London born and raised. The only people who cycled in London are brave and perhaps a little reckless. I was certainly not one of them. I had no need to cycle in London. I had buses, trains and the tube. So coming to live in the Netherlands…
ExpatsHaarlem
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I wish my friend ....

The best beer in Haarlem! Ask your friend to like and follow (notifications on) our Facebook page and let him /her win a Jopen beer gift package (€ 12,50). ExpatsHaarlem will raffle a Jopen beer gift package among the likers from 29 November…
Caprese
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THE secret of Italian cooking and "Caprese destrutturata" recipe

There's something I've clearly noticed in the 15 years that I've been working as an Italian cooking teacher: the Italian cuisine is probably the most loved of ALL cuisines. Almost everybody seems to enjoy our pastas and the other simple and…
Eye Museum
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The EYE Museum, Amsterdam

Standing on the bank of the river IJ, across from Amsterdam Central station, the EYE Museum is an impressive piece of architecture. There is a fine balance between being impressive as a structure and being imposing, and the museum achieves…
Thanksgiving
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to all our readers! Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada and is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize…
Designwezen
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This Sunday winter edition of Designwezen 2015

Our member Valentina Spinelli asked us to share an event in Haarlem that she is co-organizing: the winter edition of Designwezen, the only 100 % handmade market in Haarlem, this Sunday, November 29, 2015. Valentina is an expat mum in Haarlem. Along…
Haarlem Connect (Photo Haarlems Dagblad)
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Haarlem Connect Event: the eve, the speech, the photos

On October 30, 2015 expatsHaarlem welcomed (again) in a joint event with our new partners, the City of Haarlem and Marketing Haarlem, more than 200 internationals of Haarlem to our wonderful city. Speakers were : - Arianna Ardia-Wenink,…
Haarlem
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Haarlem 770 years!

Next Monday 23-11 exactly 770 years passed since Haarlem received municipal rights. The North Holland Archive celebrates this special occasion with all the inhabitants of Haarlem and in particular Haarlemmers who - like the city - celebrate…
Germany Holland match )photo: Michael Sohn_AP)
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Germany Holland match cancelled after explosion threat

Tuesday night’s football friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled shortly before start because of a concrete threat of an explosion in the stadium. No explosives were found. Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told…
Eiffel Tower PhotoFrank Augustein_Associated Press

The Eiffel Tower is shining again in bleu, blanc et rouge

The Eiffel Tower was dark for two nights, a symbol of Paris in mourning. At 6 p.m. yesterday, it lit up again, brilliantly illuminated in blue, white and red as a show of national solidarity. Anne Hidalgo, the city's mayor, requested…
Terrorism (photo: Ksayer1 ob Flickr)
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Answering our kids' WHY question on terrorism

Since the events of 13/11 in Paris, perhaps you've seen the articles on “How to talk with your kids about terrorism.” I read several useful tips, yet for me, as most parenting guide go, I especially liked "trust your intuition—you know…
Intocht Sinterklaas
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

On Sunday, November 15th Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) will be back with his helpers in Haarlem.  The boat from Spain is on its the way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocolate letters and pepernoten but who and what will Sinterklaas…
Haarlem City of Light
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Haarlem City of Light

Tonight the festivity lights will be put on. Where in the city do you like the illuminations most? 25 years ago, in 1990, the Stichting Haarlem Lichtstad (Haarlem City of Light Foundation) was founded. Since then the Haarlem City of…
interview
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month November

Every month, I take interviews, revealing great expat stories and advise. Whether you are an expat or thinking to become one, you can enjoy these stories. Some of you might relate and some may find interesting advise. Arriving in a new country…
‘sexual consent and tea’
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New brilliant ‘sexual consent and tea’ video from the English police

Sex and consent is a difficult issue, mainly because something that seems so simple is continually ‘misunderstood’ in rape cases. Thames Valley Police made an easily comprehensive and effective video on this subject. One of our readers brought…