Join us on the Vijfhoekkunstroute 2014
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Join us on the Vijfhoekkunstroute 2014

This weekend the 9th edition of the Vijfhoekkunstroute (Vijfhoek Art Walk) will be held in Haarlem. EXPATSHAARLEM is going to be there too!! On May 17th,Eduard, member of expatsHaarlem, real Haarlemmer and therefore Haarlem Expert (!), will…
Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow! (Photo: Katherine Strous)
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Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow!

Food Revolution Day 2014 is coming on May 16th and it’s happening here in the Netherlands. The Food Revolution Day (FRD) is an initiative organised by famous chef and food activist, Jamie Olivier to inspire people to eat more healthy and to…
expatsHaarlem living on the edge: drinking Chianti wine
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Myth busted: Red wine and chocolate don't make you live longer.

It has been common knowledge for decades: There is something in red wine that also happens to pop up in the chocolate ingredient list and is super healthy! This substance makes up for the bad effects of saturated fat and alcohol and prevents…
ETOS proclaimed best drugstore of the Netherlands by consumers (Photo: Careality.nl)
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Gfk: Etos best drugstore of the Netherlands

Etos has been named best drugstore in the Netherlands. In a yearly research project, conducted by market research agency Gfk, D.I.O. drogist came in second, followed by DA. Over 6000 consumers were consulted to rank the 6 large drugstore…
New rules for day care tax reduction in 2014 (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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New rules for day care tax reduction in 2014

Working and having or expecting to have kids at the day care in 2014? Be aware that from 2014 there are new rules for the Childcare Payment Request to have tax reduction. If you are working and paying taxes for childcare in the Netherlands…
10 May: Nationale Molendag / National Windmill Day (Photo: Luca Guarnieri)
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10 & 11 May: Nationale Molendag / National Windmill Day

Windmills are an iconic part of the Dutch landscape.. and a visit to one is a must for visitors in the Netherlands. On Nationale Molendag (National Windmill Day), this weekend, about 950 windmills throughout Holland will be open to the public.  Every…
Granted measures against gulls nuisance (Photo: PCF Holland)
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Granted measures against gulls nuisance

In Haarlem residents of various neighborhoods experience already several years the nuisance of nesting gulls. Especially in the summer when the birds feed their young and early in the morning hindrance seems to be more difficult to tolerate.…
Nilgün Yerli shows Onbeperkt Genieten in the Philharmonie (Photo: Nilgun Yerli website)
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Nilgün Yerli shows Onbeperkt Genieten in Stadsschouwburg (7 May)

"Pooping is also a form of enjoyment, but nobody appreciates it, you take it for granted".  Tomorrow evening Nilgün Yerli shows "Onbeperkt Genieten" (Unlimited Enjoyment) in Stadsschouwburg theatre in Haarlem. In this piece Nilgün Yerli…
4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4 May there…
Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2014 (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2014

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…
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expatsHaarlem OPEN !

So we built this new place for you. We got cake, champagne, balloons and decorated the whole place. Now we will put some great music on, sit back and wait till the guests come in.   Welcome! expatsHaarlem team.
Nature greener and earlier than last year (Photo: Michael Hofmann)
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Nature greener and earlier than last year

We could enjoy blooming flowers earlier this year. Spring came this year a month ahead last year. Nature is also a lot greener. According to Natuurberichten (which means Nature messages) nearly 30 percent of the deciduous forests and…
Guess the picture

Guess the picture

We show you a picture of a place in Haarlem. Can you guess where it is?  Leave your suggestions in the comments. Got also a place in mind to let other members guess? Let us know here and we will publish it.
World Press Photo Contest 2014: Signals from Djibouti (Photo: John Stanmeyer)
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World Press Photo Contest 2014: Signals from Djibouti

On February 14, the winners of the prestigious annual World Press Photo contest were announced in Amsterdam. John Stanmeyer from the U.S. received the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2013 with his piece "Signal". On a dark african…
First "Rokjesdag" of the year (Photo: Arianna Ardia)

"Rokjesdag"

What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs underneath.  Every spring the men look forward to Rokjesdag, the day when the temperature is high enough for women to wear…
Google Glass for sale to anybody in the US. Or not? (Photo: TechCrunch)
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Google Glass for sale to anybody in the US. Or not?

From today Google Glass is for sale to anybody in the US. This is what Android Police and later Nu.nl communicated this Thursday, April 24. The article in Nu.nl mentions that earlier this month, Google Glass was available for all residents…
Transavia brings people in Italian atmospheres (Photo: Adformatie)
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Transavia brings people in Italian atmospheres

The Italianizer of Transavia: what an original way to promote flights! Promotion with fun! Well done! Transavia has two Italian sun holidays promoted in a fun way: a bus stop in Amsterdam was equipped with the so-called 'Italianizer', an…
Working atmosphere more important than money (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Working atmosphere more important than money

Research by Jobbird.com shows that only 14 percent of the employees consider the salary as the most important factor when choosing a new job. The working atmosphere / colleagues (36 percent) and the tasks and responsibilities of the job function…
Haarlem: 'The most welcoming city in Holland'

Haarlem: 'The most welcoming city in Holland'

This video from CityMarketing Haarlem is still one of my favorite videos that quickly shows you why Haarlem is so great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrYAGP5I214
See the Netherlands by Train (Photo: Nick Ferrara)
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See the Netherlands by Train

The weather is starting to get nice again and at least for me that means time to get out and explore.  Did you know that it is possible to travel all through the country for a whole day for around €15?  That's a great deal and I'm going…
Haarlem, our "Little Amsterdam" (Photo: Nick Ferrara)

Haarlem, our "Little Amsterdam"

When I was getting ready to move to the Netherlands four years ago I was told living in Amsterdam would not really be feasible because of where my job was.  I was heart broken but soon learned that Haarlem is actually a little Amsterdam!  It…
Big fire in monumental building Haarlem (Photo: Michel van Bergen, Haarlems Dagblad)
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Big fire in monumental building Haarlem

This Saturday morning a big fire attacks a monumental building in the old centre of Haarlem. The building is completely in flames. The Haarlem fire brigade is trying to prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding properties. The inhabitant…
Dutch language required for social security: "no Dutch, no welfare" (Picture: RTL Nieuws)
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Dutch language required for social security: "no Dutch, no welfare"

Who doesn't speak and doesn't want to learn the Dutch language, will lose his welfare within a year. The law "no Dutch, no welfare" should be applied from next year. This is a bill that State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs sent…
The government has extended the leave regulation (Picture: Arianna Ardia)
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The government has extended the leave regulation

If a mother dies during giving birth to her child, the father will get from now on her maternity leave. This should ensure that the newborn can count on the care of a parent in the first period of his life. This plan of the Minister of Social…
Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

This recipe is a free adaptation of the French quiche but made with spring onion, bell pepper and bacon, perfect for a light lunch or for the weekend! It takes no more than 30 minutes to be ready to serve and it is really quick and…
Free show at the City Theatre (Photo: website Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt )
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Free show at the City Theatre (May 6th)

Vuile Was with Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt. Yvonne is a symbol. A symbol of young, creative, ambitious people who apparently live a shiny and happy life, but encounter a huge thick wall. Bam!  Generation Y. The Y of Yvonne. The generation…
So you want to Speak Dutch - It is Possible! (Photo: bol.com)

So you want to Speak Dutch - It is Possible!

A lot of people that I have met over the years show a lot of interest in learning Dutch at first but soon become very unmotivated because no matter how hard they try it seems that everyone always answers them in English... even if they try…
Glennis Grace live in charity concert at open air theater in Bloemendaal (Photo: Twitter)
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Glennis Grace live in charity concert in Bloemendaal

Glennis Grace gives a benefit concert on Thursday, June 19th at open air theatre Caprera in Bloemendaal. The concert, which is part of her theater tour, will raise money to keep young girls abroad away from prostitution. Free a girl…
Five WWII bombs found in dunes Bloemendaal (Photo: Haarlems Dagblad)
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Five WWII bombs found in dunes Bloemendaal

In the dunes at Bloemendaal five old bombs from World War II are found. It is about four bombs of 500 kg and 1 of 250 kg, reports the municipality of Bloemendaal today. The aircraft bombs were found in a so-called investigation research for…
Downloading illegal
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Downloading from illegal sources: as of today officially forbidden

Illegal downloading didn’t exist in the Netherlands. Now it does. As a consequence of a judgement of this morning of the European Court of Justice about the unfairness of home charge copy, illegal downloading of movies, music and other…