Entries by Katie Joy

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The most popular Dutch baby name list has been published by SVB

The popular names list is published every year by the social insurance bank, SVB. 88,494 boys and 84,286 girls in total were born in the Netherlands in 2016. Here is the list of the most popular names; TOP 10 Girl Names 2016 (with various spellings) Sara/Sarah/Zara (1.046) Sophie/Sofie (961) Anna/Anne (903) Lisa/Lize/Lise/Liza (859) Evi/Evy/Evie (834) […]

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National Tulip Day

The start to Tulip season officially begins on Dam Square in Amsterdam.  The event is organised by Dutch tulip growers who build a unique tulip picking garden on Dam Square. Anyone can come and see the tulips and pick your very own, for free! Tulip season is inaugurated officially on National Tulip Day; January 21st. […]

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Dutch electric trains are fully powered by wind energy

The Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by the national railway company, NS. The two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS electric trains should run on wind energy. “So we in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” said Boon. An increase […]

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The Traditional Dutch Birthday Party!

It is my birthday today. (On a Wednesday, I know! Middle of the week birthdays suck!) And of course I have been asked by various friends how am I planning to celebrate? This year I think I may have a quiet celebration with just my partner and have a romantic meal. (I might have a […]

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Jopen Festival

Haarlem goes back in time outside the Jopen Kerk! The Haarlem Historical Festival is a relaxed atmosphere, with upbeat sounds, various artisans demonstrating their craft and the restaurant ‘t Good Time serves delicious dishes.  In the fourteenth century Haarlem grew into a major brewer city in the Netherlands, this is a celebration of that.  Come and […]

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ProefPark Haarlem final weekend of August

The summer edition of ProefPark Haarlem will be held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, August 2016. What is ProefPark? ProefPark is a festival of cuisine from all around the world offered in food trucks! Participants include What Els, Ecopizza, Curryup, Pass the Peas, Miss Little Pancake, Aunt Tapas, Duck & More, Wrap ‘n’ Rollin and […]

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Sand Sculpture Festival

Are you good with a bucket and spade? This years Sand Sculpture Festival has started and is free for anyone to see the artists work in progress and the final results until the end of October.  This year the theme is, ‘Amsterdam Icons.’ This summer, international artists will compete to create the best work at […]

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Final Weekend of EuroPride in Amsterdam

This weekend is your last chance to celebrate universal love in Amsterdam with EuroPride 2016.  EuroPride, first held in 1991, takes place in a different European city every year and is being hosted by the Dutch capital in 2016 to mark 20 years of the Amsterdam Gay Pride organisation. This year the event has the […]

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Haarlem Culinair is here!

Get ready to gorge yourself on the delicious culinary treats that Haarlem has to offer.  It’s that time of the year when the Grote Markt in the center of Haarlem is turned into a foodie paradise. Restaurants in Haarlem are offering their cuisine to visitors (at a reasonable price) each day from the 4th August […]

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A Comic Strip Bonanza!

Stripdagen Haarlem is a biennial comic strip festival in the center of Haarlem. The festival consists of lots of free exhibitions, various comic strip fairs, talks, concerts, film showings, musical performances and children’s activities. When is Stripdagen? Daily from June 3rd to June 12th. Find out more information, including when, times and places,  here: Stripdagen.

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Kleverpark Festival 2016

The 32nd edition of the Kleverpark Festival is upon us and even more fun, more surprising, more exciting, more comprehensive and instructive than previous years. Kleverparkweg, Schotersingel and Van Ostadestraat and Kleverpark change into festival grounds with many Haarlem products, fashion, good food, accessories, workshops, music and a nice flea market in the surrounding streets. […]

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Seinfestijn: A food & lifestyle market in the heart of Haarlem.

Immerse yourself in the cozy, casual atmosphere of this small festival and get pampered with delicious food, inspiration for your home and find fun and original gifts for the people around you and of course for yourself.  The Seinfestijn market is open between 12:00 – 18:00 on 22nd May, at Seinwezen Kinderhuissingel 1, 2013 AS […]

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Luilakmarkt 2016: Lets wake those slackers up!

On Friday 13th May, starting from 16:00 and approximately finishing the next morning at 11:00 is Luilakmarkt.   Luilakmarkt Luilak (slacker) is a non-Christian festival and is usually celebrated on the Saturday before Pentecost.  It’s a party that mocks people who like to sleep and have a lie-in.  The participants are very early to rise and try to make […]

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Why You Should Never Live In Haarlem

You do not want to live in Haarlem. Haarlem is full of ugly old streets. The scenery is pretty average. This windmill does nothing. Haarlem has a big obnoxious Church getting in the way in the main square. Nothing happens in Haarlem. (Look at these boring free people.) Haarlem has no culture. Haarlem doesn’t have […]

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A Liberation Pop Festival!

It is that time of the year when Haarlem turns into one huge music concert in celebration of freedom.   Bevrijdingspop! (Liberation Pop Festival) On Thursday 5th May, Haarlem hosts the oldest and biggest liberation pop festival in The Netherlands, with several music stages in and around Haarlemmerhout. There is also a special children’s festival […]

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Have You Tried These Dutch Foods?

You’re in The Netherlands and you want to eat like a true Dutch person. Then pull up your chair, get your napkin ready, swig a glass of milk and start chewing on your Stamppot! Here is a list of traditional Dutch food that you may want to try.   Traditional Dutch Food Hollandse Nieuwe Dutch […]

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King’s Day

King’s day is just round the corner, this is when the whole country dig deep into their wardrobes to find their bright orange clothes and get all the Dutch flags out for a huge and merry party on 27th April. But what is King’s Day? Koningsdag (King’s Day) is a national holiday in the Netherlands. Celebrated […]