Innenschau
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Language no problem Theater INNENSHAU with discount

INNENSHAU will be performed in Toneelschuur Haarlem on 4, 5, 6 January, 2018, 8:30 PM. ExpatsHaarlem readers get discount. Let's enjoy the performance together, join our Innenschau Meetup on Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:00 PM. INNENSCHAU,…
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My First Sinterklaas

This past weekend on the evening of December 5th, I celebrated my first Sinterklaas. I first learned of the old Dutch custom earlier this year when moving to Haarlem with my Dutch boyfriend. As a Canadian new to the tradition, I would like…
Christmas Market
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Haarlem’s Christmas Market Photo Walk

The Christmas Market in Haarlem is one of the biggest and nicest Christmas markets in the whole Netherlands and Benelux.  Every year the city turns in a real spectacle. This year the Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday…
Sinterklaas
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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…
Festival
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How to celebrate the festive period in Haarlem

December is here! To some its the most wonderful time of the year. This is what the city of Haarlem is up to during this festive period. Haarlems Winterbier Festival Come and enjoy the Haarlems Winter Beer Festival on the 9th & 10th…
elderly
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Outings with Oma & Opa - Simple ways to Support our Elderly

The Netherlands is uniquely progressive as it generally allows for an integrated consideration of all members of society, including the elderly. As expats settling into the Dutch way of life, you might notice how the national tram system creates…
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How to behave online in 2017

We learn how to succeed, follow a dream, but no one says how to behave online. Go search "how to behave online" on Google and you'll get "how to behave in the church" or “how to behave in the Gladiators Games." That's all you should know about…
Dutch
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The Dutch and their Dutch

Dutch is a strange language. Many expats live in the Netherlands for years and never truly get to grips with it. There are so many unwritten rules that you simply cannot learn everything from a textbook. You can ask Dutch people to explain why…
Comedy Café Haarlem
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Comedy Café Haarlem - 1

Join us for a great English-Spoken Comedy Night on Friday 24 November 2017, 8-9 PM at Tierney's Irish Pub. Three talented comedians will take to the stage to offer you a night of full of laughs. After the comedy: the Monthly Drink! Make sure…
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 -…
Sint Maarten
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Sint Maarten's Day

St. Martin's Day or Sint Maarten in Dutch is a popular children's feast day in many parts of the Netherlands and it is celebrated on 11 November.  Typically, in the early winter evening of 11 November, small groups of children can…
couples
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Most Dutch couples are two higly educated people

Last year the biggest proportion of Dutch couples consisted of two highly educated people, instead of one highly educated person and one less educated person as was the case in 2006, CBS (Statistics Netherlands) reported this Monday. In…
Artline
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Artline Haarlem presents Kunstlijn 2017

Haarlem transforms into a major cultural temple in which visual arts are central on November 3rd to the 5th. There is painting, sculpture, and design, but also film, dance and theater. In addition to the various exhibitions and open gallery…
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Language no problem Theater POLY-INTERPRETABILI­­­TY with discount!

POLY-INTERPRETABILITY will be performed in Haarlem by POINTLESS INTERNATIONAL on Friday 3 & Saturday 4 Nov, 20:30. Read more about the performance & the ExpatsHaarlem discount and meetup. The clowns are back in town! Coco, Buster,…
Tetris
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TONEELSCHUUR HAARLEM LANGUAGE NO PROBLEM THEATER PROGRAM 2017-2018

Toneel-en Filmschuur Haarlem offers a ‘language no problem’ program that consists of a broad variety of films, theater, dance and musical theater performances for adults, youngsters and children. Below you find the Language no problem theater…
Hong Kong
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Interview of the month October 2017 – with Natasha Jain.

Moving Abroad Successfully, is it possible? Since it’s my mission to support expats taking this step and integrate with success, I take these regular interviews with experienced expats. How do they do it? How do they settle in, effectively? Let’s…
Experience Haarlem Fair 2017
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Video and photos Experience Haarlem Fair 2017

We are pleasured to show you the video en photos of the Experience Haarlem Fair 2017. Here is the video of the Experience Haarlem Fair 2017. The video is made by Cherello With. Find the photo album of the Experience Haarlem Fair…
historisch
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Geschiedenis Festival 2017

Want to learn more about the country you live in? Come to this year’s Geschiendenis Festival! This year, the Historisch Nieuwsblad is hosting this event where historians from The Netherlands and abroad speak about a range of diverse topics…
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Andriessen de Klerk Festival 2017

This year marks the 125 and 100-year birthdays of Haarlem’s two famous composers Hendrick Andriessen and Albert de Klerk (Andriessen de Klerk Festival.) To commemorate their achievements, Haarlem is putting on a festival in various locations…
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What no one tells you before you move abroad

I remember when my partner got a job here in the Netherlands and the thought of starting a new life here emerged for the first time. Of course, my closest family was worried and sad about me moving and also some of my friends too. But most…
haarlem cultuur
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Haarlem Cultuur Festival and Open Monument Days

It’s Haarlem Cultuur Festival in the Grote Markt on September 9 and 10! Come join the fun and experience art, music, theatre and more right here in the heart of Haarlem. Let’s not forget that it’s also Open Monument Days in Haarlem…
festival
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Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival

Come to Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival! They’ve got live music, food, drinks, sports, activities for children, and much more! Right next to the water and perfect for spending time outdoors, the festival is as it is every year, A HIT! It’s…
Netherlands
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One Day Getaways – Exploring the Netherlands

The first time I have ever been to the Netherlands was last year. My partner got an internship in Amsterdam for 6 months so I was regularly visiting, spending a lot of time here. Finding an apartment in Amsterdam seemed to be a mission impossible,…
Haarlem Jazz
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Haarlem Jazz & More 2017

No article can effectively describe the sweet smooth sounds of jazz. And everyone knows jazz doesn’t sound any sweeter or smoother unless it’s FREE! Right here in the center of Haarlem, it’s the HAARLEM JAZZ & MORE FESTIVAL! Haarlem…
culture shock
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Culture Shock - what is it and how to deal with it.

Moving to a new place is exciting but it can also feel scary and overwhelming. You have to adapt to new people, a new language, a new way of doing things. You may have to change your eating habits or the way you behave (and even dress). Often…
Jakarta
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Interview of the month 2017 Summer Edition with Merel Nahuysen

In my goal to inspire and supporting people, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Moving abroad is a big change and often challenging, but also filled with opportunities. Or not?  This month I introduce…
trakteren
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What does 'trakteren' really mean?

Just that one little Dutch word can send everyone running. Children because it's exciting and usually something delicious, adults because it's just one more of those things expected from you when living in the Netherlands. Anyone living…
elderly
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You should check in on your elderly neighbours

Has the West lost its ability to care for the vulnerable in society? Taking care of our own families is increasingly difficult in the 21st century; especially if some members live abroad and far away from other family members. The UK…
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Parksessies Art Festival

Love to listen to live music from local bands? Have an eye for installations made by local artists? Want to experience creative culture for all ages while relaxing in the beautiful summer weather? Come to the Parksessies Art Festival! Parksessies…
dutch snacks
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Five Dutch snacks that will clog your arteries

As I eat my way through the delicious high in fat, high in sugar Dutch snacks, I often wonder why I don’t see more obese people in the Netherlands - then I almost get run over by a bike and realise that they have institutionalised exercise…