Entries by Katie Joy

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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 […]

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My First Dutch Bike

I am London born and raised. The only people who cycled in London are brave and perhaps a little reckless. I was certainly not one of them. I had no need to cycle in London. I had buses, trains and the tube. So coming to live in the Netherlands was a huge culture shock. There […]