How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth (Photo: Sofeminine)
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How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth

The Shallow Man, after ten years in the Netherlands has learned many things about the Nederlandse samenleving. One of the things that has puzzled both myself and many other expats is why Dutch women are so loud. There have been many theories…
All Dutchies speak English (Photo: Front Page Mag)

All Dutchies speak English

Is this true? According to Jakub Marian: almost fully true. Jakub Marian made an interesting Map of European Union competency in English based on this 2012 Eurobarometer report (the data are from 2012, so Croatia is not included).   Jakub…
'Zwarte Piet will disappear from the NLs' (Photo: Geen Stijl)

"Zwarte Piet will disappear from the NLs"

July, full Summer period, temperatures higher than 20 degrees... not to mention wars, disasters, the economic crisis and the World Cup... Nevertheless the discussion around Zwarte (Black) Piet, the servant of Sinterklaas, is one of the topics…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem, the temple of Haarlem's beer (Photo: Fashion Lady Lovely)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem, the temple of Haarlem's beer

It is well known that the Dutch love beer,.... so much that they created a temple in glory of this delicious and surprising beverage! The Jopenkerk opened in November 2010 in the old Jacobs church. When you enter this church you enter a world…
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Gluten and wheat free chocolate cake

Searching for a gluten and wheat free yummy chocolate cake??! If you don't mind some passing traffic and like sitting on a terrace across the water, then I suggest you to visit Brasserie Appel at the Spaarne. I just tried a piece…
Are Italian men the worst flirters in Europe? (photo: Runawaycook)
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Are Italian men the worst flirters in Europe?

The Shallow Man recently read an article on the expatsHaarlem website called “are Dutch men the worst lovers in Europe?”  I found this a bit rich, considering that the author of the post is from Italy. Using the same lazy and subjective…
The Best Exercises for High Calorie Burn

The Best Exercises for High Calorie Burn

We all know that exercise is an important part of every weight-loss or weight-management program. Get the most burn for your time with workouts that burn calories at the highest rates. Running Running is the #1 calorie-burning workout!…
My Dutch Difficulty – The Elusive Word
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My Dutch Difficulty – The Elusive Word

At least one Dutch word still eludes me. It’s a word I cannot get my lips around, no matter how hard I try. It’s a word I’ll go to extreme lengths to avoid saying. Fourteen years ago, when I first moved to the Netherlands, my list…
Patxaran in Haarlem, the true flavor of Spain
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Patxaran in Haarlem, the true flavor of Spain

Wouldn't you like to feel like in Spain, in a real tapas bar in the Vasc country choosing pinchos from the bar and collecting your toothpicks? The answer: Patxaran! Now you can feel like being in Spain when you get into the Patxaran…

Living Abroad and Making Connections

It’s been four and a half years since I settled into Haarlem with my family of four. We had a lengthy list of all the reasons why this immigration would be a positive thing for us and it has been for the most part. The “landing”…
21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem (21st Century Global School)
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21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem

21st Century Global School - Interview with the founder, Ingrid Elbertsen Ingrid gives us a warm welcome into her new school, the 21st Century Global School on the Korte Verspronckweg in Haarlem, which will be the first bilingual school…
Netherlands v Chile, simulated
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Netherlands v Chile, simulated

Netherlands v Chile: can't wait for the real match? Check out this simulated version...
Are Dutch men the worst lovers in Europe? (Photo: Marco Alf)
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Are Dutch men the worst lovers in Europe?

Do you know the feeling when you think there’s something wrong with you but you're actually convinced that the problem is the other person?This is what I felt the first time I experienced the Dutch way of making love. Same story the second…
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Yes. Summer has finally arrived..!!

In case you haven't noticed.. Today it's June 21st. In other words; "The Longest Day Of The Year!" So, a good reason to celebrate the summer.. If you feel like embracing the summer Then go for it! Get out of your comfort zone, challenge…
Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children
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Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children

At least 5 crèches in the Netherlands now refuse children who have not been vaccinated, according to a survey conducted by RTL News. Of 560 daycare organizations that responded to RTL’s questions about vaccination policies, 118 said…
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Spring photo contest: we have a winner!

Back in May we had this photo contest where our members could upload their best spring photo. We received some nice ones, some that were a bit less nice and a few outstanding photos that really gave us that crisp new spring feeling. According…
What makes you an Expat?
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What makes you an Expat?

Is it possible to feel more at home in your new country than your home country? Read my story and the challenges I faced when I moved back to the Netherlands after a 10 year stint abroad. According to Wikipedia: “An expatriate (sometimes…
INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING (Photo: Arianna, Daniel, Novita)
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INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, the Internationally-Touring Canadian Stand-Up Comedian, has performed in 35 countries worldwide. His intelligent cultural and social observations are delivered with a high energetic, flamboyant style that is impossible…
Shit Expats Say in The Netherlands
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Shit Expats Say in the Netherlands

Stand-up Comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding explores expat culture in the Netherlands. Performing soon for expatsHaarlem!  
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Songs not to play on Father's Day

Songs not to play on Father’s Day   It is Father’s Day today. There are a lot of great songs about fathers but try to avoid playing these around your dad today.   5.) John Denver- Please Daddy (Don’t get drunk this…
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Father's Day

Father’s Day (Vaderdag) in the Netherlands is always the third Sunday of June: this year on June 15th.  What's Father's Day? According to Wikipedia Father's Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds…
This weekend: today Vlaggetjesdag in Scheveningen; tomorrow: Fish market in Ijmuiden (Photo: Spits)
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This weekend: today Vlaggetjesdag in Scheveningen; tomorrow: Fish market in IJmuiden

Vlaggetjesdag” (Flag Day) festival is celebrated today, June 14th, in Scheveningen. “Vlaggetjesdag” (Flag Day) was the celebration welcoming the arrival of the first young herring of the season to the port of Scheveningen, Vlaardingen…
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Beach Body Diet Tips (Photo: Fitness Magazine)
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Beach Body Diet Tips

With the summer sun heating things up, it’s time to shed those heavy clothes or better yet, hit the beach or pool to cool off. With that thought in mind everyone seems to be gearing up to show off their toned beach bodies. As health and…
Clothing industry revises children's sizes (Photo: NOS)
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Clothing industry revises children's sizes

Dutch children are on average 2 kilos heavier than they were 12 years ago, and their waists are 4 cm thicker, according to research institute TNO. "The current children sizes, of 12 years ago, are too small nowadays. Children have become…
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expatsHaarlem's events for adults in June

Curious about the events we organise for the adults in June? Visit our events page! More dates will be added (think of several World Cup matches), but so far we have scheduled for you: ~ A film on Wed 11th ~ A joint…
The future of photography, in a world where everyone has a high quality camera (Annie Leibovitz for DIsney. Photo: Disney. Published in Fast Company)

The future of photography in a world where everyone has a high quality camera

Renowned and highly respected photographer Annie Leibovitz recently gave an interview about the future of photography. In the interview, she pointed out how the difference between us (the photographers) and everyone else is, that we take…
Photo Stories 1895-2014 will tell you why (Photo: Lecturis)
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Photo Stories 1895-2014 will tell you why

Every photo has a story. Why does someone during his whole life shoot only woman legs? Who was the woman with the mysterious name Tai Aagen-Moro? And what's in the soup of Daguerre? More than one hundred fifty exceptional photographs from the…
Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")
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Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")

This summer, the Boerenplein (Farmer Square) next to the Jopenkerk is one of the nicest places in Haarlem. For many reasons. One of them: eight Sundays long fresh and healthy food enthusiasts can sit at long tables next to food trucks for lunch,…
Luilak Day
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…