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October children's month: more tips
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October children's month: more tips

October is children's month in Haarlem In addition to the 7 tips that I gave you last week, in the Brochure Oktober Kindermaand 2014 of the Gemeente/Municipality of Haarlem there are much more. Below, a selection of them. Every…
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the A

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my first article on expatsHaarlem.. and surely not the last one. I have a project for you: The Dutch Healthy Food ABC. I will take the Dutch alphabet as source…
6-12 October: week of the education in the Netherlands
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6-12 October: week of the education in the Netherlands

6-12 October is the week of the education in the Netherlands. Here is the link to lots of nice and educational activities in many Dutch places (Haarlem, Hoofddorp, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Delft  etc.) for babies, toddlers,…
October children's month: 7 tips
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October children's month: 7 tips

Beginning of October. This means that Haarlem turns into a true Mecca for kids! The whole month of October there are in Haarlem lots of fun activities to do for kids of all ages. The focus of the program lies in the Autumn Holiday, from the…
5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem
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5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem

Fancying to taste a special seasonal beer? Go to the center of Haarlem and taste a great bokbier. There is plenty of it today as: it is Bokbierdag! Is one bier not enough? Take a bokbier crawl!  Bokbierdag 2014 beer crawl You can start…
Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014
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Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014: feedback and photos

Haarlem! Summer! Open Air! Photography! We had the best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK. A bit of wind didn't spoil our day: 42 photographers having a great day! What about the shoots? Our jury, composed of our Photo Club Team members…
4 professionele Fotografie Webinars met speciale ledenkorting! (Photo: De Rooij Fotografie)

4 professionele Fotografie Webinars met speciale ledenkorting!

SPECIALE HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB LEDENAANBIEDING: 35% korting voor 4 PROFESSIONELE FOTOGRAFIE WEBINARS van de Fotografie Webinar Academy De Rooij -het grootste online fotografie trainingscentrum van Nederland- over HERFST fotografie, NACHTfotografie,…
(Image: Carol Rossetti)
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10 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who's Really in Charge of Women's Bodies

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. Thousands of shares show the appeal of Rosetti's work. The message is…
Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!
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UPCOMING HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB EVENTS

As we have so many nice upcoming photo events, we put them for you in a row: Omdat we zoveel interessante aankomende evenementen hebben, hebben we ze voor jullie op een rij gezet: Matt Granger Photo Walk, Tuesday. 23 September 2014,…
Finally! The first comparison site for Dutch health insurance in English (Photo: Globelink)
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Finally! The first comparison site for Dutch health insurance in English

ZorgWijzer.nl has launched the first and only Dutch health insurance comparison tool in English! Expats that are living or moving to the Netherlands can now easily compare different health insurance plans based on their wishes and requirements. The…
Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!
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Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!

Great photo exhibitions now in the Netherlands. Photo fair UNSEEN, 18-21 September 2014 in Amsterdam  This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair…
Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits

The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem shows until 28 September 2014 a marvellous exhibition: Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits, focusing on the interesting dialogue between the portraiture style found in Golden Age paintings and the contemporary…
Afghan Girl
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Masters of Photography by National Geographic

Who does not know the picture of the Afghan girl with penetrating glance? It is world famous picture of Steve McCurry; also known as "the Mona Lisa of photography. Like this picture, there are numerous other photos that have been under the…
Drongo Festival (Photo BIMU)
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Drongo Festival

Drongo Festival: "Languages for your Future", Professional information on multilingualism and playful experimentation with language-jamming, 27 September 2014, Public Library in Amsterdam.  Linguistic matters, as "displaced people"…
Dealing with Dutch Directness: disconnect or connect? (Photo: Creative Mornings)
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Dealing with Dutch Directness: disconnect or connect?

Did you catch the tongue-in-cheek article, “10 ways to fit into Dutch society” (posted 3 June, 2014 on expatsHaarlem), written by Simon Woolcot (a.k.a. Amsterdam Shallow Man)? I was entertained for sure, which I imagine was the whole point.…
Cultural Weekend in Haarlem
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Cultural Weekend in Haarlem 2014

Autumn is getting closer and it is more tempting to plop, with legs up on the bench this weekend but that would be a shame. Indeed, it is the weekend of culture, this 13th and 14th September in Haarlem. There are lots of activities to do in…
What Happens When A Photographer Takes The Same Photo From A Different Angle /1
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What Happens When A Photographer Takes The Same Photo From A Different Angle /1

You’ve probably already seen the world’s most famous landmarks through photos that show them in all their beautiful, historical glory. Here’s what happens when the photo is taken from another angle. The Pyramids of Giza Same place…
Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem
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Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem

With Libelle Beach Café the known Dutch women's weekly magazine Libelle wants to bring the atmosphere of the beach to the heart of the city of Haarlem. From Wednesday, September 17 the magazine Libelle brings a month-long the atmosphere…
How to lose those extra kilos weight (and never get them again)
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How to lose those extra kilos weight (and never get them again)

I've never considered myself fat. Moreover, most of my life people have admired me for being slim and for how good I look. I gained 22 kilos weight during my pregnancy and then within four months they had disappeared without any effort on my…
Variée restaurant in Haarlem
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Variée restaurant in Haarlem

Some weeks ago we went to try Restaurant Variée, because I spent the last 2 years passing by but never stopping by! It was time to discover the place and the cuisine. The owners prepared us a special menu and welcomed us as I never had…
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Comparisons of the Dutch with other Europeans

The Shallow Man is a well travelled old fossil. I’ve lived in a country or three and have been fortunate enough to have travelled to a few places during my long slow jog on planet earth. I’ve written lots about various aspects of Dutch…
A problem called "Happiness"
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A problem called "Happiness"

When I was studying psychology at university, I did not imagine that later on as a therapist I would have to face a problem called “happiness.” This mysterious thing we call happiness seems to be a must-have for everyone and - whether…
Nautilus machines

I hate functional training!!!

You heard me, I hate the current trend of what is being espoused as ‘functional training’.  The idea that ‘this or that’ is ‘functional’… Functional for what? To understand the idea of what functional training is, we need to…
I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead (Photo: Shutterstock)

I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead

I didn't realize I have been riding on a dark cloud to strangers, acquaintances or even friends when I respond my usual remark of “but why shouldn't I be positive? Why shouldn't I be happy and be grateful and be alive while dealing with cancer?” I…
Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?
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Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?

Unicef calls the Dutch the happiest children in the world and they rank second in the OECD for life/work balance. How big a factor is parental leave? Robbin Haasnoot, 33, greets his daughter and wife as they return from swimming. It’s…
Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained
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Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained

You may think you’re the one deciding what you buy at the supermarket but the reality is that you’re pre-programmed by the companies deciding what you should buy! It doesn’t just stop there, you are even led to specific products because…
Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

I am not a photographer. But I have been working for 6 years as "marketing intelligence chick" for a known photography brand and have dealt a lot of time with photographers. What I learned from them? What NOT to say to a photographer. Here’s…
This Hilarious Attempt To Change The World Is The Best Video I’ve Seen In A While!

This Hilarious Attempt To Change The World Is The Best Video I’ve Seen In A While!

Want to change the world? If so, don’t be like this guy, do it right! His hilarious attempt is both funny and desperate, but there is a deeper meaning behind it! Is there something we actually can do? Sure there is, watch this video and follow…
The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born
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The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born

The Haarlem Photo Club is a network for anyone who likes reading articles about photography, joining in photo contests, connecting with other photographers, learning new techniques and sharing experiences at an event, lecture or workshop. Beginner…
Primary school in the Netherlands (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation…