Let’s talk villages! This is the first in a series of articles exploring a few of the great little towns and villages tucked into the countryside around Haarlem.
About Dan Glasstetter
I am from The United States and moved to The Netherlands for what was supposed to be a short-term work assignment. That was back in 2003 and more than four jobs ago. Haarlem is now my home. You are most likely to find me out on my bike, walking in the dunes, or enjoying the sites, sounds, and culture of the city.
Entries by Dan Glasstetter
Getting on your bike and pedaling to the supermarket or into the city center for dinner and drinks is a key part of the Dutch experience. As an expat, one of the first things you will do is become familiar with the cycle routes to your favorite neighborhood destinations and start zipping around the city, […]
Since March 2020, the Netherlands has had several different levels of lockdown to control the virus, some of which offer an opportunity to get away for a weekend. Here are my tips on how to responsibly enjoy a holiday in the Netherlands during the pandemic.
Most of our favourite comfort food is born in the recipes that mom made for us when we were kids – but as our palettes mature and we learn to cook on our own, we venture away from mom’s recipes and build our own comfort food repertoire. For me that means wild game, or in […]
Yes, it is official: the Dutch drink an awful lot of coffee. However, the coffee landscape in the Netherlands brings with it unique experiences and traditions. Read on to discover more!
The best way to master a foreign language is to jump in and start interacting with the locals. Sure, you will make mistakes – such as signing off an email with ‘friendly vegetables’ instead of ‘kind regards’ (writing groenten instead of groeten), or mispronouncing the word ‘yellow’ and unknowingly telling someone that you bought horny […]
Did you know that there is a herd European bison roaming a stone’s throw from the centre of Haarlem? Next to the largest dune lake of the bison area Kraansvlak in Zuid-Kennermerland National Park, you might have chance to spot them – and, from September, you could join the Bison Trail to observe them up-close.
Mountain biking in the Netherlands: An uphill climb or a flat disappointment? I used to live in Boise, Idaho, a small city situated on the sunny slopes of the Rocky Mountains in the western United States. Boise is renowned for its isolated location along a forested river valley that cascades down from the nearby snowcapped […]
The new Saint Bavo church in Haarlem has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Don’t get me wrong, I find it a beautiful piece of architecture to be admired from afar while biking along the Leidsevaart or walking on the edge of the Vijfhoek. But it’s not on “my side” of the […]