Mud Masters Obstacle Run
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Mud Masters Obstacle Run 2018

Doing Mud Masters is one for the bucket list. A day full of mud, obstacles and fun with your friends – one that years later you’ll look back on with a smile and brag about at get-togethers with friends and family. This year the Mud Masters…
Vegan
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Why Go Vegetarian Or Vegan In Haarlem?

Does the sound of sauteed spinach or roast fennel send your senses into overdrive? Are you concerned about the effect of the meat industry on the environment, or motivated to adopt a vegan lifestyle because of your love for animals? If so, welcome…
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Genieten—go enjoy yourself!

On a recent trip to Suriname, the only Dutch-speaking country in Latin America, I come to appreciate the word ‘genieten’ (verb). As a foreigner, you often hear this word from the Dutch but I seem to take it for granted because the word itself…
Est! Est!! Est!!!
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Wine tip: Est! Est !! Est !!!

Est! Est !! Est !!! di Montefiascone is an unforgettable name for a wine named after a special story. In the year 1111 the German bishop Johannes Fugger traveled to Rome. On his way to Lazio, he asked his servant Martin to find a good…
lonely
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Is social media making us more lonely?

Have you ever felt you can’t wait to get back on your device to check Facebook? Or do you tend to sit on your phone while hanging out with friends? Have you ever sat at a dinner table and been more interested in what’s happening on Twitter…
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Dutch History; Corrie ten Boom, how a watchmaker turned into a hero.

Corrie ten Boom was the first licensed female watchmaker in the Netherlands, who, along with her father, and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II by hiding them in her closet. Born in Haarlem…
New York Deli
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New York Deli: Food and Live comedy

On Haarlem Foodies we gave in February  a preview of this new spot with the taste of the Big Apple. With a unique concept inspired by inspired by Delis in The Lower Eastside. Fast-casual American Jewish comfort food with outstanding quality. The…
Rokjesdag
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Rokjesdag 2018

Saturday 7 april will be the first "ROKJESDAG" of 2018. 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…
scams
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Common Housing Scams You Might Encounter As An Expat

Real estate fraud or scams is a big concern of the government in the Netherlands, with Amsterdam being especially a problematic city. As an expat, your excitement to plant roots in the Netherlands might make you a target to criminals. That's…
Pilates
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Ever wondered what is Pilates and how it started?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. He was a sickly child, born in 1883 in Germany. He suffered from asthma and acute rheumatism. Later in life, determined to overcome his illness, he developed a movement system called…
Haarlem
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Things to do in Haarlem this April

From Spring Gardens to Kings Day, we got you covered this month! Hopefully, the weather will be better...   On Friday 6 April, is an English language comedy night, Stand Up Live! On Saturday 7 April, is Kids tulip picking…
summer
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How to spend summer in Holland and survive?

When I just moved to Holland, my expats' friends told me I would need a summer coat! I was laughing. It's hard to believe but today I have five summer coats and five pairs of leather waterproof sneakers as I can only wear sandals during super…
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Shopping in Haarlem: 10 baby gifts to make mums happy

After talking to different mums about their must-have baby items, here you can find my definitive baby gifts list. This top 10 baby products will help mums to sleep, feed, dress or educate their babies better. Make mums and babies happy by shopping…
settle in
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How to settle in smoothly abroad.

You found your way to the supermarket without taking unplanned detours. Finally, you begin to recognize your neighborhood and you can find your new house without navigation. Your mailbox has your name on it and it’s all starting to feel familiar.…
Keukenhof spring garden
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Keukenhof Spring Garden open 22 March-13 May 2018

Keukenhof, the world’s most beautiful spring garden, opens its doors from 22 March to 13 May 2018. Keukenhof Spring Garden Keukenhof (“Kitchen garden”, also known as the Garden of Europe), is one of the world’s largest flower…
Haarlem talks
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Haarlem Talks with Reni and Béci from Hungary

Meet Reni and Béci from Hungary! This month in Haarlem Talks we are introducing to you a couple who moved to Haarlem in October, they have their own company, are photography and video professionals, like to play the guitar, and to explore the…
bilingual
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How to raise a bilingual child?

The problem of bilingual children is acutely felt in another country, where the one language is used at home and another is used in the big wide world. The son of my friends from the UK, a five-year-old Dany, speaks the purest English…
safety seniors
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How To Ensure Seniors are Safe Outdoors

Adults over the age of 65 make up approximately 16% of the total Dutch population, due to the increased life expectancy together with an influx of immigrants. In our modern times, it has become increasingly important for seniors to hold…
culture shock
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Returning home for another culture shock!

While many expats expect to experience culture shock when moving to a new country, few of us anticipate the shock of returning home. We assume we will transition smoothly because we have grown up and are already familiar with the culture.  However,…
Floor for rent

To rent: 40m2 floor near the center of Haarlem

Two rooms and private bathroom with toilet and a walk-in shower with rain shower. Light and just refurbished.  The living room has an open kitchen with French balcony with double doors located on the southwest.   There…
Veronica's Funky Vintage Market
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Veronica's Funky Vintage Market

Second hand lady, men, kids clothes, shoes, jewels and more. On Sunday 11 March 11-16,30 hours in Haarlem. - There's a lot of baby clothes, also a lot of great brands! - There's A LOT of girls' clothes size 92-116 - There's super nice women's…
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Dutch history; Molen de Adriaan the cement mixer.

The windmill, Molen de Adriaan was built on the foundations of the Goevrouwetoren by Adriaan de Booys, an industrial producer from Amsterdam. The Goevrouwetoren, or Goede Vrouwtoren (Goodwife Tower), was a tower built to help defend Haarlem…
FRozen Haarlem
Experience Haarlemmermeer
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Experience Haarlemmermeer Fair 2018

Get information, meet services and businesses, attend free workshops and presentations, enjoy a stand up comedy, live music, networking, meeting people and having fun! Free professional childcare and kids entertainment is available during…
Haarlem
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Things to do in Haarlem this March

From peeking into your neighbour's houses and the expats Haarlem end of month drink, we got you covered this March. On Friday, March 2 is  Italiano per Bambini. on Friday, March 9 is the Haarlem Mamma Club. On Sunday, March…
snow
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VIDEO: Snow in Haarlem!

Haarlem received its second dusting of snow today, but do you remember the snow we had a month ago?
giving birth
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Pros and cons of giving birth in the Netherlands

I became a new mum recently, and one of the first things I wondered when I found out I was pregnant was ‘do I want to give birth in the Netherlands?’. For some expats, especially the ones from other European countries, giving birth in their…
baby

Amber Alert, help find Baby Hannah Simons!

A 6-month-old baby was kidnapped today (Feb 26th) in a supermarket car park in Eersel. The police have issued an Amber Alert to help find her. Hannah is in serious danger. She was taken forcibly from her caregiver and was whisked away in a car,…
Kids Carnival
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VIDEO: expatsHaarlem Kids Carnival

Highlights of the Kids Carnival. Enjoy!   You can also purchase photos here.
Cold Netherlands
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Thursday real feel temperature: -17C degrees

Freezing winds from Siberia are blowing into the Netherlands this weekend bringing heavy frost with sunny sky. By next week Wednesday and Thursday, the temperature could dip to as low as -6C degrees to -9C degrees overnight. The temperature…