King's Day

King's Day in Haarlem

King's Day (formerly Queen's Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to celebrate the King's birthday.  In the streets, squares, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange. King's Day is the biggest…
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Happy Anniversary! EXPATSHAARLEM TURNS 1! It has been a year of challenges, of new experiences, old and new friendships, lots of wonderful articles, many great events, the start of services and our first partnerships. 10000 visitors…
Flower Parade
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2015

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek…

Natural DIY Toothpaste

Today I share the benefits of making & using your own Natural Toothpaste. Why should we not use the commercial toothpaste? Most commercial toothpaste contain these harmful ingredients: 1. artificial sweeteners: highly toxic 2.…

Choosing between complaining, giving gratitude, or empathy

Hopefully, by now you’ve seen the (in my opinion) wonderful satirical “42 reasons The  Netherlands is the Worst Place on Earth.” I found it super refreshing, needed reminders of things I appreciate about my adopted country, yet sometimes…
Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem (Photo: Stephi)
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Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem

One of my great girlfriends, Carla brought me to her favorite restaurant some years ago. Her hair salon is located next door and she is used to coming for dinner to India Corner. I felt like being at home as soon as we sat down. Miriam,…
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Sexual Cultural Shock

“Is he good in bed?” Oh my Lord, did he just say that?? How dare he! The question shocks me and nearly knocks me off my feet. And then he follows, “how does he compare with black men?” I was astounded. This comes from a random Dutch…
income tax

Deadline for filing personal income tax May 1st!

Normally the deadline for filing your personal taxes in the Netherlands is April 1st. This year it has been extended to May 1st. Around the first week of February the tax authorities start sending invitations to submit your income tax return. Extensions If…


TODAY IT IS "ROKJESDAG". What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs Every spring the men look forward to Rokjesdag, the day when the temperature is high enough for…

Top 12 English words reinvented by Italians

Being Italian, I have always been using these English words. Only after coming to the Netherlands I discovered that they are reinvented by Italians. Here's a top 12. 1. FOOTING Footing. We know that the whole country is football mad.…
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Spring in the Netherlands is: kids as pavement artists

Walking out the door this morning I played hopscotch, with askew numbers, drawn by childish hand, in pink and green chalk. Right – Pink, Left – Green.... Right – Pink, Left – Green. My bag was jumping on my hip, a lady with…

Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month April

In my goal to support expats, I present you this month’s interview. Let me introduce you to Lidia. She is originally from the city that was not built in one day: Rome. Being an Expat, is it easy or challenging? Why did she leave her native…

5 heerlijke Paasrecepten

Dit jaar kun je met Pasen genieten van je eigengemaakte lekkernijen. Wij hebben namelijk 5 recepten voor je op een rij gezet, waar je gelijk mee aan de slag kunt! PAASSTOL   Benodigdheden: 250 gr krenten en rozijnen - 250 gr…

'Preservation' by Blake Little

Portrait photographer Blake Little covered models in honey for his series entitled "Preservation."  Caught in movement, but trapped in the viscose honey, the models in "Preservation" begin to look like sculptures in motion. The…