Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus
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Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus

They both work in the same sector, wear red, and have a big white beard. For Piet's sake: what's the difference?  The Big Day Sinterklaas: Sinterklaas' "heerlijk avondje" / delicious is 5 December, although Sint arrives with a steamer…
EXPAT CINEMA: The Hand of God
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EXPAT CINEMA: The Hand of God

On 5 December at 14:15 hours The Schuur in collaboration with expatsHaarlem presents the most personal and intimate new Italian film by Paolo Sorrentino (the director of La Grande Bellezza) The hand of God, with English subtitles.   Expat…
Evening closures and stricter anticorona measures during the dayPhoto by marco fileccia on Unsplash
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Evening closures and stricter anticorona measures during the day

The Netherlands will shut down from 5pm to 5am, apart from essential services for at least three weeks from this Sunday, as the cabinet struggles to reduce the spread of coronavirus, now at an average of 22,000 new cases a day. The number…
Earlier Coronavirus press conference on Friday, as hospital problems mount
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Coronavirus press conference this Friday, as hospital problems grow

Demissionary prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge will host a new press conference this Friday, a week before the one planned on December 3. De Jonge said the decision has been made following a meeting with ministers…
Press conference: Light lockdown and 2G policy to comeMatt Seymour
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Press conference: Light lockdown and 2G policy to come

The Netherlands will be going into a three-week light lockdown. Coronavirus measures will apply from Saturday 13 November at 18.00 to at least Saturday 4 December.  At the press conference yesterday, Prime minister Rutte began his address…
Expat Cinema: Do Not Hesitate
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Expat Cinema: Do Not Hesitate

On Sunday November 21st Toneelschuur and expatsHaarlem will present a special screening of the Dutch Oscar entry Do Not Hesitate, with English subtitles. Readers of expatsHaarlem get €3 discount and pay €8,50 instead of €11,50. Don't you…
November 2021 Events in HaarlemMarc Kleen
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November 2021 Events in Haarlem

''11 November is the nacht....''. Sint Maarten 2021 is happening. There is, however, some government's advice for residents and parents or supervisors. Haarlem’s events agenda for November presents a powerful international movie at the Filmschuur…
Sint Maarten will go on in Haarlem, but with coronavirus measures
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Sint Maarten will go on in Haarlem, but with coronavirus measures

Singing with the kids door to door on Sint Maarten on Wednesday 11 November. Is that possible in Corona time? The Kennemerland Safety Region and GGD Kennemerland are following the decision of the government: Sint Maarten 2021 is happening! There…
Jip & Janneke (image: Annie M.G. Schmidt)
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Crafting a lantern for Sint Maarten

On November 11, it's Sint Maarten (Saint Martin)' s Day. Sint Maarten is a great children’s event! Ringing doorbells, singing songs at the doors in exchange for a treat (sweets, mandarins or even some small coins) and - as darkness falls -…
New coronavirus measures: face masks are back, more working at home again and coronapass entry in more locations
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New coronavirus measures: face masks are back, more working at home again and coronapass entry in more locations

The government  has announced this second of November, 2021, that it is bringing back some of its previous coronavirus prevention measures and introducing new ones, in an effort to reduce the surge in new coronavirus cases. Face masks return…
Kus van de cactus
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Travel through your senses, and let them take you to Mexico

When you think of home, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you come from a country with a rich culinary history, normally food is the first thing that will pop into your head. It's common to taste nostalgia when being far from home…
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Haarlem's autumn festival 2021!

You can see the complete schedule for Haarlem's Autumn Festival below. Stay warm with a tasty pumpkin soup, drink a delicious beer and stroll through the cozy streets of Haarlem. Pop-up performances and art shows are organized in pop-up…
Autumn in Haarlem's nature
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Enjoy autumn in Haarlem's nature

Autumn with its beautiful colours and invigorating breeze makes Haarlem and the surrounding areas even more beautiful. Haarlem is a lively town with a population of over 350,000, and once a thriving North Sea trading port. Even though Haarlem…
As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced
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Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry pass

As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted. You can get a coronavirus entry…
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Joel lives in Haarlem. Joel is sad. Joel is funny. Joel wrote a book.

So who is Joel Azulay? Joel is your neighbour who takes the dog out at the same exact time every day, your friend from home who married his highschool sweetheart, the waitress at your favourite cafeteria, your annoying cousin who still collects…
Back to school!Deleece Cook
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Back to school!

If you’re a parent, you’ll be more than aware that children in Noord-Holland go back to school on Monday 22 August. Maybe you’re even scratching off the days on your calendar ;-) . Change can be difficult for kids and starting at a…
No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extendedDaniel Schludi
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No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extended

This week saw the 22 millionth dose of vaccine administered. The Netherlands now has high vaccination coverage and the figure is continuing to rise on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a greater increase is still needed. There are still an estimated…
World Heritage Committee deletes Liverpool from UNESCO’s World Heritage ListMarcus Cramer
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World Heritage Committee deletes Liverpool from UNESCO’s World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property “Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City” (UK) from the World Heritage List, due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying…
butterfly parks in the netherlands
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The butterfly effect: A butterfly can flap its wings in a park in the Netherlands, and you get people visiting it.

The Netherlands with many picturesque cities around its canals and some very beautiful nature destinations, can enchant its travelers with its many different colors. These can come not only from the tulips, but also from the butterflies that…
Organizing Your Wedding In HaarlemPexels
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Organizing Your Wedding In Haarlem

Every year, 130,000 people get married in the Netherlands. Haarlem is the perfect place to organize your big day, as you can find everything from the venue to the beautiful flowers right here. You could even get married in the Grote Kerk if…
Since June 5th the Mall of the Netherlands in Leidschendam presents an interactive TikTok-Museum.Solen Feyissa
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First Tik-Tok-Museum in The Netherlands

Since June 5th the Mall of the Netherlands in Leidschendam presents an interactive TikTok-Museum. In the museum users of the app can record their videos with about 25 different installations. After the success of the Instagram Experience…
repatriation expatNest
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REPATRIATION: Will I ever feel that I belong somewhere?

I love the concept of “Cultureland”. It expresses the essence of the international experience that we expats share, no matter where we are in the world. Today we check in with re-pat Eva Antza, whose exploration of cultural intelligence…
Pentecost 2021 is on the 23th and 24th of June. Here a couple of tips to spend your long weekend.Pexels
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Pentecost 2021 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…
Bloemendal Galery reopening
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Art in Haarlem: Just like the flowers, Galerie Bloemendaal is coming back to us this month!

Finally, the Galerie Bloemendaal reopens after five months with a colourful spring exhibition and is waiting for us to enjoy it, together with the artists and good music. "Just like the sun colours the flowers, art colours life", is…
Aneta 30 over 30
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Are you a woman over 30? It's time to celebrate... you, with a special photo-shoot!

Get ready to celebrate your amazing self this May! The super-talented Czech photographer Aneta Jeremiášová, who lives in Haarlem and won the first place of the 2020 Unlike Portrait Awards, is looking for 30 amazing women to join her in a…
This course is meant for children in the age between 8 and 12 to expand their knowledge of Dutch. Both online and face-to-face in Haarlem, starting May 10th.
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Dutch for Children

This Monday afternoon course is meant for children in the age between 8 and 12 who want to expand their knowledge of Dutch. The interactive course consists of 8 fun and meaningful lessons for children who wish to learn Dutch and communicate…
Pandemic Getaways
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Wonderful and safe getaways during the pandemic

Since March 2020, the Netherlands has had several different levels of lockdown to control the virus, some of which offer an opportunity to get away for a weekend. Here are my tips on how to responsibly enjoy a holiday in the Netherlands during…
Aneta photo win
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Aneta, who won the 'Unlike Portrait Awards', lives in Haarlem!

I recently saw this portrait that left me speechless. The light, the colours, the model's alabaster skin and piercing look. A portrait that looks like a painting, but it's not. It is a photograph and it is real. And it was taken by the super-talented…