Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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How to raise a bilingual child?

The problem of bilingual children is acutely felt in another country, where the one language is used at home and another is used in the big wide world. The son of my friends from the UK, a five-year-old Dany, speaks the purest English…
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How To Ensure Seniors are Safe Outdoors

Adults over the age of 65 make up approximately 16% of the total Dutch population, due to the increased life expectancy together with an influx of immigrants. In our modern times, it has become increasingly important for seniors to hold…
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Returning home for another culture shock!

While many expats expect to experience culture shock when moving to a new country, few of us anticipate the shock of returning home. We assume we will transition smoothly because we have grown up and are already familiar with the culture.  However,…
Veronica's Funky Vintage Market
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Veronica's Funky Vintage Market

Second hand lady, men, kids clothes, shoes, jewels and more. On Sunday 11 March 11-16,30 hours in Haarlem. - There's a lot of baby clothes, also a lot of great brands! - There's A LOT of girls' clothes size 92-116 - There's super nice women's…
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Dutch history; Molen de Adriaan the cement mixer.

The windmill, Molen de Adriaan was built on the foundations of the Goevrouwetoren by Adriaan de Booys, an industrial producer from Amsterdam. The Goevrouwetoren, or Goede Vrouwtoren (Goodwife Tower), was a tower built to help defend Haarlem…
FRozen Haarlem
Experience Haarlemmermeer
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Experience Haarlemmermeer Fair 2018

Get information, meet services and businesses, attend free workshops and presentations, enjoy a stand up comedy, live music, networking, meeting people and having fun! Free professional childcare and kids entertainment is available during…
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Things to do in Haarlem this March

From peeking into your neighbour's houses and the expats Haarlem end of month drink, we got you covered this March. On Friday, March 2 is  Italiano per Bambini. on Friday, March 9 is the Haarlem Mamma Club. On Sunday, March…
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VIDEO: Snow in Haarlem!

Haarlem received its second dusting of snow today, but do you remember the snow we had a month ago?
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Pros and cons of giving birth in the Netherlands

I became a new mum recently, and one of the first things I wondered when I found out I was pregnant was ‘do I want to give birth in the Netherlands?’. For some expats, especially the ones from other European countries, giving birth in their…
Kids Carnival
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VIDEO: expatsHaarlem Kids Carnival

Highlights of the Kids Carnival. Enjoy!   You can also purchase photos here.
Cold Netherlands
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Thursday real feel temperature: -17C degrees

Freezing winds from Siberia are blowing into the Netherlands this weekend bringing heavy frost with sunny sky. By next week Wednesday and Thursday, the temperature could dip to as low as -6C degrees to -9C degrees overnight. The temperature…
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Cruising the Stages of Adjustment abroad

Expats almost always go through a period of adjustment when settling in a new country. This article will help you to determine the stage you are and will be, experiencing. The cycle of adjustment can be divided into four stages: honeymoon,…
Haarlem Talks
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Haarlem Talks with Giulia from Italy.

This is the second month of the new year and it is time to meet a new expat who lives in Haarlem. Giulia came from Italy, she was always fascinated by northern countries. She works as an engineer and as a hobby she makes youtube videos. She…
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Do Dutch people use tissues?

The other day I read a very interesting post on a Facebook Expats site. A young woman was questioning and seeking clarification as to whether Dutch people made use of tissue paper. She personally noticed that she had not come across any Dutch…
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Sharenting - the overshare of children on social media.

For many, having a baby is an occasion to be celebrated. But does it need to be celebrated together with every casual acquaintance and former co-worker that you’ve friended on Facebook over the last decade? The parenting overshares,…
New Year's Comedy Night 2018
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Video: Haarlems New Year Comedy Night and Drink 2018.

Watch our video of the New Year Comedy Night and Drinks, what a fantastic evening! Special thanks to our members and the performers, Jacob Adriani, Johan van Hespen, Gillian Graven, Tim Van t'Hul, and to Double Dutch Haarlem  and Sportcentrum…
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Dutch History; the gruesome murder of prime minister Johan de Witt.

After a disastrous defeat in the 'raamjaar', Johan de Witt and his brother was murdered and eaten by an angry mob, but is this true? A largely forgotten figure, Johan de Witt was once a key figure in Dutch politics. He was elected Grand…

How The Elderly Can Build Their Wealth

The Dutch government encourages seniors to live independently for as long as possible, which means the elderly have to rely on and manage their own finances and survive with the support of friends and family. For the elderly, managing their…
Myth Sex
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Myths and Truths about Sex in long term relationships

Though sex is not the only ingredient to a happy relationship, it is an important one and can reveal a lot about a relationship. If there is love between you and your partner, your relationship deserves the chance to be rekindled. Distinguishing…
Geluksroute Haarlem 2018
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Geluksroute Haarlem 2018

Geluksroute (Happiness Route) is a relaxed way of sharing happiness, which makes for inspiring meetings and wonderful discoveries. Discover it on Saturday the 3rd of February 2018 and Sunday the 4th of February 2018 in Haarlem. The invitation…
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Speed course bitcoin and blockchain

Heard of the new buzz words and want to know more about it? Join the speed course bitcoin and blockchain. Free for our readers.   Program of the speed course bitcoin and blockchain The lecturer Henk van Cann will address: - Why…
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Write it down! Dreams vs Plans.

I have never believed in wish lists, although I write them since I was fifteen. There were always quite vague points, such as "pumping up a press" or "get rid of acne," but more recently, I have become more specific in my desires. Sometimes…
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Create goals that you WILL achieve! Learn HOW.

· What will you be doing in 10 years? · Where would you like to be? · What is keeping you from achieving your dream or goal? Many people have resolutions and goals every year, but only a few people achieve them. It seems like somewhere,…
Haarlem Talks
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Haarlem Talks; with Philipp from Germany

Welcome to the Haarlem Talks in 2018! This is the first interview of the year so enjoy to get to know Philipp who comes from Dresden, Germany, works as a project coordinator at an environmental organization, plays baseball and thinks Haarlem…

From a Language of Criticism to one of Compassion and Connection

I grew up with loving parents. Of course, they weren’t perfect, but I just can’t blame my problems on them. They did well and now as a parent, I actually strive to be like them in most aspects. But I grew up in a broader culture of: “Want…
National Tulip Day
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National Tulip Day 2018

An estimated 1.7 billion Dutch tulips bring a welcome touch of spring to households and businesses all over the globe each year. National Tulip Day sees Dutch tulip growers create a massive temporary garden on Dam Square Amsterdam, blooming…
New Year's Drink 2018
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New Year's Comedy Night & Drink 2018

Join the Haarlem New Year's Comedy Night 2018 and/or the expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2018 on Friday evening, 26 January, in the gorgeous ancient building of the Societeit Vereeniging Haarlem. New Year's Comedy Night Attend the funniest…
Date Night

Not your everyday date night ideas.

There’s nothing wrong with the classic dinner date or going to the movies. But it gets old after a while. And they can make for awkward first dates if you’re strangers or if communication was wearing off between long-term partners. To spice…
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Coffee walk through Haarlem.

On a November afternoon, Daniëlle Martens went to discover cozy places in Haarlem. Haarlemfoodies was invited by in cooperation with Haarlem Marketing. The inspiration came from the book: Koffee! 182 coffee spots that make…