Entries by Arianna

Things NOT to Say to an Expat

ExpatsHaarlem‘s friend & worldwide known comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding just made a new video in which he gives directions for small-talk with an Expat. About Things NOT to Say to an Expat. And suggestions about what to say instead. Watch the video.

Vijfhoek Jopen Festival Photo Walk – Selected photos and feedback

Haarlem! The popular quarter De Vijfhoek in Haarlem, the Jopen Festival with Medieval setting and costumes, music, theatre and ancient craftsmanships performances! i.e. tons of occasion to take interesting shots!  Warm and sunny weather!  We had the best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK.   What about the shoots? Our jury, this time composed by and Bernadet Gribnau and Edouard […]

expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing

The expatsHaarlem Housing section is the latest service of expatsHaarlem.  In this housing section you can read everything you need to know about the reasons to move to Haarlem, renting or buying a house in Haarlem, articles about the latest developments in the Housing sector, practical information, tips and experiences. expatsHaarlem Housing offers Information, Advice […]

In 2020 no chocolate anymore

Bad news for all chocoholics: in 2020 there will be no chocolate anymore. This is what de Telegraaf reported yesterday, Monday, November 17, 2014.

Dutchies go for yellow!

Dutchies go for yellow! How? BEER “De gele rakker”, “oudgeel gerstenat”: “yellow (geel means yellow in Dutch) synonyms” for a veeeery loved drink in the Netherlands. Friday after work to start the weekend, after fixing jobs at home, after a sport competition…. Every moment seems suitable for a “lekker koud biertje”. Dutchies love it: in […]

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.

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 to resist! Daniel is performing in the Netherlands now. expatsHaarlem interviewed him on a hot summer evening over Dutch beer and bitterballen.

expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2014

Urban Photo Race Kicks-off July 26 in Amsterdam. expatsHaarlem is one of the main sponsors of the race.  Amateur and professional photographers are invited to experience and share a unique view of Amsterdam in this exciting 12-hour competition exploring Amsterdam. Something for you? Read this press release and check it out.

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 you are entitled to Childcare Tax Refund. How much refund depends […]

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 is the only parade that is built with bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils.

“Rokjesdag”

What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs underneath. 

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 itself (34 percent) seem to be much more important.

Restaurant review: Toujours fish & meat

Last week my hubby and I tried a for us new restaurant in Haarlem: Toujours, on the Oude Groenmarkt. We had passed by many times but always doubted about entering. A quick view in the entrance gives a good impression, thanks to the modern, stylish but not posh interior.

Duinrell: a fun day out or family vacation

Duinrell is an amusement park located in Wassenaar, close to The Hague and Leiden, approximately 40 minutes driving from Haarlem. It’s wonderfully located in the forest and dunes and nearby a wide beach and the park itself is one of the most beautiful amusement parks of the Netherlands.