Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is here! The – normally – most wonderful time of the year is definitely going to be somewhat different this year, and maybe even difficult for some of us, so we thought it would be a good idea to try to raise everyone’s holiday spirit with an article that reminds us […]
About Lucile Courtin
Lucile (Lucy to friends) grew up in a small town in the beautiful mountains of South-Western France but sees herself as a citizen of the world. She studied, lived and worked in several countries around the globe, including Scotland, Spain and New Zealand, and embarked on a solo World Tour aged only 25. She came back from her adventures to settle in Haarlem in 2018 and is absolutely loving the Dutch life. Writer, explorer, history-nerd, cheese-lover and enthusiast cyclist, Lucile speaks five languages and works as a creative digital content creator in her own company, Alunea.
Entries by Lucile Courtin
There was once a Frenchman, who was learning Dutch. He didn’t think it was easy. He didn’t think he was very good at it, either. And he certainly didn’t think that it was fun, or at least not as fun as visiting the Dutch cheese shops – French people do call the Netherlands the second […]
I don’t know about you but I am quite done getting my heart broken every morning, for the best part of the last year. Getting up, sipping coffee on the couch while browsing through the news is supposed to be a relaxing start to my day, like it always was, but lately it has just […]
As an expat moving to a new country, learning the local language or at least some notions of it usually is one of the first concerns – right after having sorted out the important stuff actually essential to life, such as finding accommodation or identifying which shops sell good cheese and wine, of course. Newcomers […]
Hey you! Are you, like me, feeling the wanderlust growing as days pass by? Have you, too, reached that uncomfortable point, where you really need to get out and about for some kind of adventure, even if just for an afternoon, but don’t quite fancy catching a nasty virus? Read this, I found the solution!
Hello, my fellow quarantined friends! Are you looking for something new to do to occupy yourself in these somewhat dull times? How about some fun reading, to brush up on your history of our beautiful city?
Save the date! It’s happening on Saturday 28 March 2020 at 8:30 pm local time. For one hour, people all over the world will be switching the lights off in their houses, as a show of support for our beautiful, but tired planet. Will you be one of them?
Do you remember those golden days, when buying a house didn’t require you to sell an arm, two kidneys, your soul and your first-born child? Yeah, us neither. Due to steady immigration, limited space for new builds, banks’ speculative behaviours and government inaction over the past few decades, houses in the Netherlands are now more […]
From water to land, between history and modernity: explore Hoofddorp in the heart of the Haarlemmermeer.
Take time out in affluent Bloemendaal, a short bike ride from Haarlem city centre.