Entries by Nick Ferrara

An evening on the water in Alkmaar with Greenjoy

The last Thursday in July was a beautifully sunny summer evening and the perfect time to cruise the canals of Alkmaar on an electric Greenjoy boat. The process for hiring your boat is quick and easy – and as an added bonus for COVID-19 times, it is social-distancing friendly as the entire process is touch-free. […]

Haarlemse Lente

From march 24th to the 26th, Haarlem celebrates “Haarlemse Lente” [Haarlem Sping] the modern day art scene in the historic center of Haarlem. In this sixth edition, 13 museums, galleries, and artist’s initiatives join together for an opening evening full of free to visit exhibition openings, a booming after party, and a weekend full of […]

Haarlemmers in the Olympics

Did you know that this year there are 10 Haarlemmers in the olympics? The list includes athletes who were either born in or currently live in Haarlem. In the 2014 olympics no Haarlemmers made the cut. Here is a list of the Haarlemmers in this year’s games with links to their own social media pages […]

Monopoly Haarlem is coming

How many of us played Monopoly as a kid or maybe even still play it today? Did you know that the streets and landmarks in the game come from the famous gambling city Atlantic City, New Jersey in America? You may have even seen other versions of the game based on other cities such as […]

Zijlstraat is where it’s at

Have you been in the Zijlstraat recently? There are so many new and exciting things to try there. From craft beer to cajun food, and even organic candy. There are a plethora of new things to try and here are just a few of them.

Renting a Boat in Haarlem

Renting a boat in Haarlem for a few hours in much easier (and more affordable) to do than one might expect. Now that the weather is nice, it might be something to think about doing. This article is a review about my experience with renting a boat at Greenjoy.


CtheCity is an amazing experience where you have the opportunity to “see” Amsterdam through the eyes of someone who is blind. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to walk around the city with one of those white canes? It’s a lot less scary than you would think.

See the Netherlands by Train

The weather is starting to get nice again and at least for me that means time to get out and explore.  Did you know that it is possible to travel all through the country for a whole day for around €15?  That’s a great deal and I’m going to tell you how to take advantage […]

Haarlem, our “Little Amsterdam”

When I was getting ready to move to the Netherlands four years ago I was told living in Amsterdam would not really be feasible because of where my job was.  I was heart broken but soon learned that Haarlem is actually a little Amsterdam!  It has everything just on a smaller scale.