National Tulip Day
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National Tulip Day 2018

An estimated 1.7 billion Dutch tulips bring a welcome touch of spring to households and businesses all over the globe each year. National Tulip Day sees Dutch tulip growers create a massive temporary garden on Dam Square Amsterdam, blooming…
New Year's Drink 2018
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New Year's Comedy Night & Drink 2018

Join the Haarlem New Year's Comedy Night 2018 and/or the expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2018 on Friday evening, 26 January, in the gorgeous ancient building of the Societeit Vereeniging Haarlem. New Year's Comedy Night Attend the funniest…
Date Night
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Not your everyday date night ideas.

There’s nothing wrong with the classic dinner date or going to the movies. But it gets old after a while. And they can make for awkward first dates if you’re strangers or if communication was wearing off between long-term partners. To spice…
Coffee
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Coffee walk through Haarlem.

On a November afternoon, Daniëlle Martens went to discover cozy places in Haarlem. Haarlemfoodies was invited by Koffiefilters.nl in cooperation with Haarlem Marketing. The inspiration came from the book: Koffee! 182 coffee spots that make…
Christmas tree action
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Christmas tree action on 4 and 10 January 2018

Just like in previous years, the municipality of Haarlem and Spaarnelanden organize the Christmas trees campaign in early 2018. On Thursday 4 and Wednesday 10 January 2018 - between 12.30 and 16.00 hrs - children up to 15 years old can bring…
work-life
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Work-life balance and how to achieve it.

A modern lifestyle requires most of us to spend a lot of our time working. And with 24/7 access to technology, it becomes difficult to disconnect from work even when we’re at home. When working abroad, expats are expected to adapt quickly…
child
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Being an expat as a child

When I came here to the Netherlands I quickly realized that this was a whole new and very different experience then what it felt like to be an expat as a child. I was born in Hungary, I lived with my parents in Budapest, started elementary school…
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,…
Oliebollen
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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.…
Chinese
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Interview of the month - December - with Liudmila Baksheeva

To help you, expats, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips, and advice. Arriving in a new country is such a change, and how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. Or not? This month I introduce you to Liudmila. Original…
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Winter Woofs - How to take care of your dog during the winter months.

You can see your breath the moment you step outside, exposed skin goes numb and the world is lightly frosted with natures icing. Yep, Winter waited for a little while to show itself but it certainly has arrived. It's a given that dogs feel the…
home visits
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Holidays and home visits - how to maintain a balance.

Nelli Oswald, a German expat in the Netherlands, shares her experience of home visits as well as some inspiring ideas for finding a balance… For almost all expats, making choices about how to spend your holiday time is stressful. When…
Amsterdam Light Festival
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Amsterdam Light Festival 2017 - 2018 

Amsterdam's winter festival returns each year to illuminate the city's streets and waterways with fantastic light installations by international artists. Find out more about where, when and how to see this year's works!  Amsterdam Light Festival…
Innenschau
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Language no problem Theater INNENSHAU with discount

INNENSHAU will be performed in Toneelschuur Haarlem on 4, 5, 6 January, 2018, 8:30 PM. ExpatsHaarlem readers get discount. Let's enjoy the performance together, join our Innenschau Meetup on Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:00 PM. INNENSCHAU,…
Brute burgers
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Brute Burgers Hoofddorp

Brute Burgers is a great burger joint with a great atmosphere and warm service located in Hoofddorp Centrum, 5-minutes walk from the Vier Meren Shopping Mall.  Also vegan/vegetarian friendly, the burgers are the star of the show but the sides…
Haarlem
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Haarlem Talks - with Rodrigo

Finally, the month of Christmas is here! This year somehow the holiday season seems much more exciting than ever, probably because I am in Haarlem and so is Rodrigo! I hope you enjoy the interview with this remarkable young man while drinking…
Winter Village Hoofddorp
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Winter Village Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winter Village 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…
Choir
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Haarlem Haarmonix Christmas Concert

Come and support your local Haarlem choir, Haarlem Haarmonix, on 17th December for a festive performance. Everyone is welcome to the annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 17th December, at Café-Brasserie de Wildeman, Hoofdstraat 142, 2071…
Housing Offer
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HOUSING & FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERS DECEMBER 2017

Special FREE FIRST CONSULTATIONS and DEALS for registered readers of expatsHaarlem. Find our readers' offers about renting, buying, mortgage, notary, insurance, tax advice, home utilities, cleaning and more. Housing & Financial Offers…
senior
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Turning Your House into a Senior Friendly Home

The Netherlands is well known for its beautiful houses and stunning scenery. And in contrast to many other European cities, it is possible to find many two-or three-story homes with a scenic garden – just perfect for families with…
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My First Sinterklaas

This past weekend on the evening of December 5th, I celebrated my first Sinterklaas. I first learned of the old Dutch custom earlier this year when moving to Haarlem with my Dutch boyfriend. As a Canadian new to the tradition, I would like…
Christmas Market
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Haarlem’s Christmas Market Photo Walk

The Christmas Market in Haarlem is one of the biggest and nicest Christmas markets in the whole Netherlands and Benelux.  Every year the city turns in a real spectacle. This year the Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday…
Sinterklaas
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Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus

They both work in the same sector, wear red, and have a big white beard. For Piet's sake: what's the difference?  The Big Day Sinterklaas: Sinterklaas' "heerlijk avondje" / delicious is 5 December, although Sint arrives with a steamer…
Festival
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How to celebrate the festive period in Haarlem

December is here! To some its the most wonderful time of the year. This is what the city of Haarlem is up to during this festive period. Haarlems Winterbier Festival Come and enjoy the Haarlems Winter Beer Festival on the 9th & 10th…
Wonderland Bavo
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Unique child care centre Wonderland Bavo in Haarlem

Are you looking for a unique child care centre for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years in Haarlem-West? Wonderland Kinderopvang has a unique location for your child care centre in Haarlem. Our pre-school centre (for children…
teachers
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Dutch teachers on strike

What are you doing on the 12th of December? It’s quite possible your kids are free that day because of a teachers’ strike. The 5th of December is the deadline for a decision. If nothing has improved, a strike will follow. But why are the…
Black Friday
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Black Friday in Haarlem

It's black Friday! Find an overview of the (web)shops that participate to Black Friday 2017.  Visit their shop or find the webshop with Google for great sales deals! Black Friday Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving…
EMA
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EU MEDICINE AGENCY with 900 jobs and 500 family members to the Metropole Region Amsterdam

A lottery is how Amsterdam is now officially the next home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 900 jobs and 500 family members will leave London and move to Amsterdam, with staffers needing to choose between staying in the UK or making…
elderly
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Outings with Oma & Opa - Simple ways to Support our Elderly

The Netherlands is uniquely progressive as it generally allows for an integrated consideration of all members of society, including the elderly. As expats settling into the Dutch way of life, you might notice how the national tram system creates…
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How to behave online in 2017

We learn how to succeed, follow a dream, but no one says how to behave online. Go search "how to behave online" on Google and you'll get "how to behave in the church" or “how to behave in the Gladiators Games." That's all you should know about…