Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

homesickness
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9 Tips to Beat Homesickness

It can be difficult adjusting to a new environment and homesickness creeps in. You feel lonely and miss your familiar routine, your family, friends, and neighbourhood. You long for your kitchen with your food and drinks and being able to find…
Haarlem Talks
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Haarlem Talks with Alice from Italy.

Meet Alice, originally from Italy but she has been travelling all around the world. She moved to Haarlem from Bali, because she found love with a Dutchman. She is a yoga teacher and loves Haarlem for its beauty, calmness and the breweries!   1.…
appelparade
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The Appelparade with Haarlem Foodies.

Around Haarlem, there is plenty of food events. But where can you taste, drink and discover new products? Let me introduce to you Landgroed de Olmenhorst. In the middle of Haarlemmermeer, between The Hague and Amsterdam, Landgroed de Olmenshorst…
road trip
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3 road trips with kids to make from the Netherlands part 1 France

Spring is already here and I am sure you have already started thinking about your next family trip. No matter if you are planning a break for the upcoming bank holidays or your summer vacations, these road trips with kids are perfect for anyone…
sleepless nights
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When expat worries become sleepless nights.

“I can’t sleep.” “I don’t sleep through the night.” “I lie awake for hours each night before I fall asleep.” Do any of these sleepless nights sound familiar to you? People suffer from disturbed sleep for different reasons,…
Liberation Day
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5th May: Liberation Day and festival

Following directly on from Remembrance Day, 5 May is a national day of celebration known as Liberation Day throughout Haarlem and the Netherlands. You will find a wide variety of entertainment and events taking place to commemorate the liberation…
William the Silent
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Dutch History; William the Silent. How the Prince of Orange became an outlaw.

William the Silent or more commonly known as William of Orange was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that started the Eighty Years' War. He was born in the House of Nassau as Count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became…
Haarlem
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Things to do in Haarlem this May

Its now May in Haarlem and there are lots of things to do! On Friday, May 4 is the first instalment of the freedom festival, the memorial concert. On Saturday, May 5 is the freedom concert! The whole of Haarlem turns into a massive music…
Tulip fields
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Tulip fields in Holland: where and when to go?

Every year, 2 million tourists come to Holland to see the Tulip fields. Most people will go to Keukenhof, and if you want to make a photo of the background with the fields, you will need to stand in a line. When to see the Tulip fields? The…
flower parade
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VIDEO: Bloemencorso Haarlem 2018

Wasn't the flower parade this year in Haarlem lovely? We managed to capture it on video for you. Enjoy!  
doubting
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What To Do When You Start Doubting Everything.

There you are, in a new country. You decided to live abroad and you made it! Awesome! Then, some weeks go by and suddenly a fear creeps in. Do you start thinking to yourself, “What the heck am I doing here? Is all this hustle even worth…
Author
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Haarlem Talks with author Buan Boonaca.

Spring is absolutely here finally! It seems like we can say goodbye to the cold weather for a while now. So, we decided to treat you this month. In April the subject of HaarlemTalks is a very special someone! Meet Buan Boonaca, an American author…
Mud Masters Obstacle Run
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Mud Masters Obstacle Run 2018

Doing Mud Masters is one for the bucket list. A day full of mud, obstacles and fun with your friends – one that years later you’ll look back on with a smile and brag about at get-togethers with friends and family. This year the Mud Masters…
Vegan
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Why Go Vegetarian Or Vegan In Haarlem?

Does the sound of sauteed spinach or roast fennel send your senses into overdrive? Are you concerned about the effect of the meat industry on the environment, or motivated to adopt a vegan lifestyle because of your love for animals? If so, welcome…
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Genieten—go enjoy yourself!

On a recent trip to Suriname, the only Dutch-speaking country in Latin America, I come to appreciate the word ‘genieten’ (verb). As a foreigner, you often hear this word from the Dutch but I seem to take it for granted because the word itself…
Est! Est!! Est!!!
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Wine tip: Est! Est !! Est !!!

Est! Est !! Est !!! di Montefiascone is an unforgettable name for a wine named after a special story. In the year 1111 the German bishop Johannes Fugger traveled to Rome. On his way to Lazio, he asked his servant Martin to find a good…
lonely
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Is social media making us more lonely?

Have you ever felt you can’t wait to get back on your device to check Facebook? Or do you tend to sit on your phone while hanging out with friends? Have you ever sat at a dinner table and been more interested in what’s happening on Twitter…
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Dutch History; Corrie ten Boom, how a watchmaker turned into a hero.

Corrie ten Boom was the first licensed female watchmaker in the Netherlands, who, along with her father, and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II by hiding them in her closet. Born in Haarlem…
New York Deli
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New York Deli: Food and Live comedy

On Haarlem Foodies we gave in February  a preview of this new spot with the taste of the Big Apple. With a unique concept inspired by inspired by Delis in The Lower Eastside. Fast-casual American Jewish comfort food with outstanding quality. The…
Rokjesdag
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Rokjesdag 2018

Saturday 7 april will be the first "ROKJESDAG" of 2018. What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs. Every spring the men look forward to Rokjesdag, the day when the…
Pilates
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Ever wondered what is Pilates and how it started?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. He was a sickly child, born in 1883 in Germany. He suffered from asthma and acute rheumatism. Later in life, determined to overcome his illness, he developed a movement system called…
Haarlem
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Things to do in Haarlem this April

From Spring Gardens to Kings Day, we got you covered this month! Hopefully, the weather will be better...   On Friday 6 April, is an English language comedy night, Stand Up Live! On Saturday 7 April, is Kids tulip picking…
summer
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How to spend summer in Holland and survive?

When I just moved to Holland, my expats' friends told me I would need a summer coat! I was laughing. It's hard to believe but today I have five summer coats and five pairs of leather waterproof sneakers as I can only wear sandals during super…
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Shopping in Haarlem: 10 baby gifts to make mums happy

After talking to different mums about their must-have baby items, here you can find my definitive baby gifts list. This top 10 baby products will help mums to sleep, feed, dress or educate their babies better. Make mums and babies happy by shopping…
settle in
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How to settle in smoothly abroad.

You found your way to the supermarket without taking unplanned detours. Finally, you begin to recognize your neighborhood and you can find your new house without navigation. Your mailbox has your name on it and it’s all starting to feel familiar.…
Keukenhof spring garden
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Keukenhof Spring Garden open 22 March-13 May 2018

Keukenhof, the world’s most beautiful spring garden, opens its doors from 22 March to 13 May 2018. Keukenhof Spring Garden Keukenhof (“Kitchen garden”, also known as the Garden of Europe), is one of the world’s largest flower…
Haarlem talks
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Haarlem Talks with Reni and Béci from Hungary

Meet Reni and Béci from Hungary! This month in Haarlem Talks we are introducing to you a couple who moved to Haarlem in October, they have their own company, are photography and video professionals, like to play the guitar, and to explore the…
tax

Dutch taxes: Some tips for expats

As resident of The Netherlands expats are taxed on their worldwide income. Expats will have to report their income and their assets to the Dutch tax authorities by filing a Dutch income tax return.  An income tax return needs to be filed…
bilingual
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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…
safety seniors
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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…