Entries by Arianna


Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained

You may think you’re the one deciding what you buy at the supermarket but the reality is that you’re pre-programmed by the companies deciding what you should buy! It doesn’t just stop there, you are even led to specific products because of the advertising based on gender segmentation! Scary stuff right, but that’s what the […]

Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

I am not a photographer. But I have been working for 6 years as “marketing intelligence chick” for a known photography brand and have dealt a lot of time with photographers. What I learned from them? What NOT to say to a photographer. Here’s a top 6 things a photographer hates hearing. For some photographers, there […]

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The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born

The Haarlem Photo Club is a network for anyone who likes reading articles about photography, joining in photo contests, connecting with other photographers, learning new techniques and sharing experiences at an event, lecture or workshop. Beginner or a pro, join us. All skill levels and equipment are welcome. Only workshops will be segmenting levels to […]

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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation of the Dutch primary school system.

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26 Places to Visit Before you Die

Last month online magazine Architecture & Design has made a ranking of their 26 Places to Visit Before you Die. 2 of them are in the Netherlands, very close: Amsterdam and Lisse. Such gorgeous places… I have visited some, others are on my list. I would replace the Promenade des Anglais in Nice with the roofs of Florence,  the […]

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Amsterdam 11th in worldwide quality of life index

According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, Amsterdam’s quality of live has improved, coming in 11th overall in the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings. Previously, the city reached the 12th place.  The Quality of Living Survey Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey — conducted to help multinational organizations compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments — […]

Actor Comedian Robin Williams Dead

The police reported that the beloved actor was found dead, yesterday. Police said that Williams was found unconscious around noon in his home in Tiburon, California, near San Francisco. According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coronor’s office, the Sheriff’s office suspects the death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.”


Spain is hot and trending

“Spain” was in the last weeks of July Trending Topic on Twitter. That is not surprising, because the country welcomed the first half of this year a record number of 28 million tourists.


Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun

‘La Dolce Vita’, the sweet way of life, we can’t get enough of it! La Dolce Vita at the Tuscan coast? Sun, sea, hills, culture, traditions, relax, good food & wines… ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! But sometimes we can’t enjoy 100%: running from one site to another for instance.. and all these delights, from pasta to pecorino, vino, gelato […]

expatsHaarlem: the first 2 months in figures

Website reach: Unique visitors: 8.512 in May, 9.835 in June Visits: 11.465 in May; 12.350 in June Pages: 21.733 in May, 19.665 in June. Website community: 120 members Facebook group members: expatsHaarlem: 493 expatsHaarlem Parents & Kids: 126 expatsHaarlem Photo Club: 25 expatsHaarlem page: 541 likes Meetup group members: expatsHaarlem: 71 expatsHaarlem Parents & Kids: […]

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Learning A Language By Popping A Pill?

I just saw a YouTube movie, previously published and commented on the Guardian, about a very interesting debate on this issue: Are drugs the answer to language learning? In the words of the Guardian: “Could smart drugs be the future for language learning? What are the moral and ethical implications of medically enhanced education? Would you take a pill if it would help your […]