Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

travel kids
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Best Age to Travel with Kids

The smaller the better It doesn't seem so when you have a tiny baby and are overwhelmed with the big change in your life. But, having a toddler and having travelled with her a lot, we can assure you that the easiest…
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Danger poisonous caterpillars in the Netherlands

A plague of poisonous caterpillars explodes throughout the country. It is an annual summer problem in the Netherlands, but the number of complaints about the Oak Processionary moth caterpillars have soared this year, according to the…
July Events Haarlem
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS JULY

Summer has finally arrived to Haarlem! July in Haarlem is full of events for the whole family to enjoy, from the International Choral Biennale to a British Festival and a concert on the river and in the park,  from our Monthly Drink and Dutch…
Parksessies
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Parksessies

Park Sessions is a multidisciplinary art festival that takes place four days in a row in the Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem every summer. This monumental park is the background for an easily accessible place, where various arts, from museums,…
Spaarnestad Concert
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Spaarnestad Concert

For the fourth time a wonderful open-air concert on the water that you should not miss! The Nieuwe Gracht forms the impressive backdrop for beautiful sounds and offers space for thousands of listeners. When Saturday the 6th of July…
Climbing light
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Climbing to the light

The extensive restoration of the cathedral is almost complete and it is more beautiful than ever! To celebrate this until July 31st you can climb to almost 60 meters height and enjoy great views on a spectacular bridge from tower to tower. Making…
British Festival in Zandvoort.
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British Festival Zandvoort aan Zee

Great Britain in the Netherlands for a weekend, that's the British Festival in Zandvoort. Take the well-known double-decker bus to the various locations, eat Fish 'n Chips with a sea view, marvel at the beautiful British cars, be amazed…
Koorbiënnale
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10th International Choral Biennale Haarlem and Amsterdam

Adventurous vocal festival at the highest level. From 28 June through 7 July 2019 During its 10-day run the Choral Biennale presents some of the best international vocal ensembles of today, at the same time exploring the boundaries of choral…
Houtfestival
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Houtfestival: open-air music and dance festival

One of Haarlem’s biggest outdoor fests offers an exotic blend of music. It takes place at the Stadspark de Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem. Houtfestival is a relaxed event where people of all ages and backgrounds come. You can listen to the…
Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
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Pentecost 2019 in Holland

Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar.  It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the…
Luilak
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Luilak 2019: all-night market for plant lovers

The famous Luilakmarkt (Luilak market) from June 7th, 2019 until June 8th, 2019 is a pot and plant market which starts at 16:00 in the afternoon and goes on throughout the night until around 11:00 in the morning, Luilakochtend (Luilak morning). Besides…
Learning Dutch
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Dutch Summer Crash Courses

This Summer Taalthuis Haarlem offers 2 Summer Crash Courses. With expatsHaarlem discount! Summer Crash Course Join the Intensive Dutch Summer Crash Course for Beginners in Haarlem the first week of the summer holidays. Immerse yourself…
dogs
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Hot dogs: a guide to summer with your four-legged friend.

As a dog trainer who often works outside, I feel it’s essential that all my fellow dog lovers and owners are aware of certain dangers. Whilst the Summer months are indeed delightful, they are accompanied with seasonal…
Housing Event
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Review Haarlem & Haarlemmermeer Housing & Education Event 2019

The ‘Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer Housing and Education Event’ on Saturday may 18th was an excellent way to find out why Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer are great places to live and to learn all about finding a home and education in these areas.…
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DUTCH RAILWAY: FEW OR NO TRAINS ON TUESDAY

Dutch railway company NS warns travellers about next Tuesday’s public transport strike and serious bother for passengers.   Dutch railway company NS is recommending travellers avoid the train on Tuesday. They expect little…
european-elections
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European elections: 23-26 May 2019

The European elections take place between 23 to 26 May 2019. Voting day in the Netherlands is on 23 May. Will you vote as well? Here's how to vote. Anyone aged 18 or over can vote. It is also possible to vote by proxy, in another municipality…
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Haarlem & Haarlemmermeer Housing & Education Event 2019

All you need to know about finding a home and education in Haarlem & Haarlemmermeer Planning to rent, let, buy or sell a house? Wanting to know more about the Education system in the Netherlands and in the Haarlem & Haarlemmermeer…
Dakkas
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Comedy on Top of Haarlem

The Haarlem Comedy Factory moves to ''the Roof of Haarlem'', De DAKKAS, with an excellent international line up and guests from abroad, a view on the skyline of Haarlem, a private terrace and a bar. What else? Don't miss it! Get your tickets…
connecting or NetworkingRachel Smets
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Connecting or Networking.

If you want to create a lifestyle doing what you really love, do you practice networking? If you are connecting with people, how is it helping you? As I was speaking for the Women Economic Forum in Portugal (WEF, Tomar) last week, I gained…
Haarlem Comedy Factory April
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Haarlem Comedy Factory April (in English)

Enjoy a great English spoken Comedy Night in Haarlem with upcoming comedians and new material by established comedians from the international scene. Bring your friends. Online tickets cost € 10 p.p. Remaining tickets (if…
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“Expat Language”: What do YOU call yourself?

Expat, third culture kid, trailing spouse, international, what language do you use to describe yourself or your situation? Do you identify with any of these terms? Do you choose not to? Or perhaps you’ve struggled to find a term that describes…
Speeltuin
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Best Speeltuin in Haarlem.

What kid can resist a good playground? Luckily, we can find in Haarlem safe and fun Speeltuins to let children play outside and enjoy the sun. After visiting with my son most of the Speeltuin in the city, I thought it could be useful for mums…
Tax Return
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Free Income Tax Return Seminars April 2019

During the two Income Tax Return Seminars on April 13th, our business partner Vincent van Wijngerden of GVN Adviseurs/Expat Taxes will present information about how to file your taxes in the Netherlands, for private individuals and small companies.…
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Things to do in Haarlem this April.

Spring has finally arrived to Haarlem! April in Haarlem is full of events for the whole family to enjoy, from the Flower Parade to King's Day, from a comedy to a drink... there will be something for someone. Tax sorrow time? Nope! expatsHaarlem…
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Why you should travel SOLO.

Have you ever considered travelling solo? Do you think it’s lonely? If you have this or any other concern, then this might change your mind. People ask me ‘Why are you traveling solo? Aren’t you lonely? Scared? Is it safe?’ It…
Earth HourNagy Arnold
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Celebrate Earth Hour in Haarlem.

Recently I had a chance to observe the day of silence on Bali. Local people didn’t leave their houses, didn’t speak, switched off the TV and didn’t use mobile phones for the entire day. Later they started to play with fire, but I’d…
childrens books
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Children’s books too (re)read as an adult.

My friends are having children. And I am happy for them. I am also very happy for myself. Not only do I get to be the cool in-law uncle who spoils them without worrying about bed times and healthy meals, but I also get to buy them books. Children’s…
CoffeeSeemi Samuel
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I am against 'meetings with coffee', and this is why you should be too.

New acquaintances often begin with coffee. Who knows what this meeting will turn into: a new project, a strong friendship or even love. Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you have to choose how to spend your free time,…
Christoph Paulik
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Frans Hals Museum - Hal Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise.

The Frans Hals Museum is a museum with two locations, Hof and Hal. While the collection at Hof focuses on the Golden Age, Hal displays mostly contemporary art. Both locations draw inspiration from Hals and take a fresh look at his works. ©…
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What You Need To Know About Dental Care For Expats In Haarlem.

Roughly 25.7% of the Haarlem population are foreign expats. There's many important aspects to take care of when you move to a new country and dental care is no exception. Looking after your teeth is important and, fortunately,…