Old and new, fiction and real, funny and sad, these are my favourite 8 books that took me through the difficult year of 2021. My list below is not in any particular order of preference, since I loved all of these books the same. So grab a glass of wine and choose which ones you […]
About Christina Kambanella
Christina was born in New Zealand and raised in Cyprus. She studied marketing and worked as a copywriter in Greece, then moved to Italy to study wine where she became a Wine, Fashion & Hospitality professor at Florence University of the Arts. In 2018, she moved with her British husband to the Netherlands and launched her own school. She is professor and owner of Sip Wine School where she gives fun wine lessons and tastings. She considers herself a forever expat! She is in love with Haarlem and her cats Kareem and Janna.
Entries by Christina Kambanella
You can see the complete schedule for Haarlem’s Autumn Festival below.
Yes, us expats are interesting and fun and adventurous and brave, in one word great! But let’s see how many of each nationality live in each nearby region. Find yours in the easy-to-read table that I spent an hour making for you 🙂 Haarlem Haarlemmermeer Bloemendaal Zandvoort Amsterdam Dutch 147 001 143 662 22 736 […]
So who is Joel Azulay? Joel is your neighbour who takes the dog out at the same exact time every day, your friend from home who married his highschool sweetheart, the waitress at your favourite cafeteria, your annoying cousin who still collects stamps, your auntie with the embarrassing jokes, your once-lovely ex who said s/he […]
The Netherlands with many picturesque cities around its canals and some very beautiful nature destinations, can enchant its travelers with its many different colors. These can come not only from the tulips, but also from the butterflies that the country hosts, which have actually increased this summer. And due to the exceptional nature of the […]
Even if you don’t want to admit it, you are curious about the size of men’s genitals. That’s why you are reading this 😉 And yes, a lot of research has been done over the years, that shows that the penis size vary greatly between countries.
Professor Theodosis Tassios described the vaccine deniers as an “organised group of enormous dimensions”, which threatens the rights of all of us.
I just discovered a way to go on virtual vacation and gain some useful knowledge at the same time!
They are called classic cocktails because they were created in another era and yet they never got out of fashion. But they change, reshape, adapt to conditions, trends and requirements. And this may be another element due to which, these cocktails are considered irreplaceable, even in the most modern bars. Five classic cocktails, older than […]
The age of corona patients admitted to hospital is shooting down. This month, people in their fifties are the largest group. Intensive Care foreman Diederik Gommers: ‘The people that get in hospital and in the Intence Care Unit in May are the non-vaccinated.’
Finally, the Galerie Bloemendaal reopens after five months with a colourful spring exhibition and is waiting for us to enjoy it, together with the artists and good music.
Get ready to celebrate your amazing self this May! The super-talented Czech photographer Aneta Jeremiášová, who lives in Haarlem and won the first place of the 2020 Unlike Portrait Awards, is looking for 30 amazing women to join her in a luxurious and empowering experience in her 30 over 30 project.
Unemployment in the Netherlands rose in 2020 for the first time in five years.
I recently saw this portrait that left me speechless. The light, the colours, the model’s alabaster skin and piercing look. A portrait that looks like a painting, but it’s not. It is a photograph and it is real. And it was taken by the super-talented Czech photographer Aneta Jeremiášová, who won the first place in […]
The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it is the second largest polluter in the world, just after the oil industry. Especially fast fashion (zara, h&m etc), which makes shopping for clothes more affordable, it comes at a huge environmental cost. But we love fashion and we love wearing new […]
When I met Dušan the first thing I saw was his passion for Czech natural wines. And now you can all see that, because he just founded a company that brings this naturally, delicious fermented juice to us, here in the Netherlands, straight to our house or business. Yes, we talked about natural wines before, […]
March 8 is the International Women’s Day and here in Expats Haarlem we want to celebrate it by honoring some of the Haarlemmer women who made and are still making an impact in the Netherlands and in the world! Haarlem’s history has many special women and we chose the ones we love the most.
In the Netherlands if we are better at something, we like international comparisons. And if we are not better at it, the answer is: ‘This is not a competition!’ During the corona crisis, Dutch failure is often presented as Dutch superiority.
There’s no doubt that we are going through some weird times with a pandemic and the measures to prevent it. And as if that wasn’t enough, the winter of 2021 has arrived, bringing sub-zero temperatures and icy winds along with it. The dark, cold days make it tough to stay positive as all we want […]
Finally, we had the snow storm we all have been waiting for and don’t we deserve it, especially this weird year! So while outside it feels like -14°C and we came back inside after walking and playing like children in the snow storm in the center of Haarlem, nothing will get you warm as much […]
The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned on Friday 15 January over a scandal in which thousands of parents were falsely accused of child benefit fraud between 2013 and 2019.
Capitals, cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods. We all come from somewhere and it’s time to meet each others’ hometowns and who knows, we might put some new places that we have never heard of on our bucket list! In this post, we hear from Vinnie about his hometown Fortaleza, in beautiful Brazil!
On Monday 21 December, a coronavirus patient from Haarlem was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Dortmund. This is first infected patient in two months that has been transported to Germany.
A total of 8894 new confirmed coronavirus infections were reported to the RIVM as of Friday morning on 11 December, which is 120 more than the previous day. The weekly average is 7264. The number of infections has increased rapidly over the past ten days: last week there was an increase of 45 percent compared […]
Capitals, cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods. We all come from somewhere and it’s time to meet each others’ hometowns and who knows, we might put some new places that we have never heard of on our bucket list! In this post, we hear from Abbie about her home on the island of Bermuda, the British Overseas […]
Capitals, cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods. We all come from somewhere and it’s time to meet each others’ hometowns and who knows, we might put some new places that we have never heard of on our bucket list! In this post, we hear from Monique about her hometown of Vancouver, in Canada.
Capitals, cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods. We all come from somewhere and it’s time to meet each others’ hometowns and who knows, we might put some new places that we have never heard of on our bucket list! In this post, we hear from Emilia about her hometown of Boscotrecase, near Naples in Italy.
Capitals, cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods. We all come from somewhere and it’s time to discover each other’s hometowns – who knows, as a result we might put some new places that we have never heard of before on our bucket list! We are introducing our new feature and your input is invited.
The total number of Haarlem residents that tested positive for coronavirus over the last week was 553. The figures were announced in the new weekly update from the RIVM. A total of 67,542 Dutch people received confirmation that they are infected with coronavirus between 21 and 27 October.
In recent years, I have heard and read too many opinions and comments from people around the world, opinions full of hatred and disgust for fellow humans that they don’t know, for humans who are suffering, for humans who didn’t choose to leave their country and go to Europe. This article is a reminder of […]