Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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Haarlem Comedy Café

Beleef comedy op zijn best: met goede Nederlandstalige comedians, in oergezellig Café de Zwaan, met privébar, uitzicht op de singel, meer dan 40 biersoorten, heerlijke bitterballen en... in Haarlem! Voor maar € 10 p.p. Kom naar het Haarlem…
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A day off in Bloemendaal

Take time out in affluent Bloemendaal, a short bike ride from Haarlem city centre. Aren’t weekends the absolute best!? It’s amazing all the cool stuff you can do with the luxury of free time. Like, finally going on that romantic date your…
Klim naar het licht
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Climbing to the light

The new Saint Bavo church in Haarlem has always been a bit of a mystery to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I find it a beautiful piece of architecture to be admired from afar while biking along the Leidsevaart or walking on the edge of the Vijfhoek.  …
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Break-up letter to a friend: The truth shall set you free

A month ago I had the unfortunate displeasure of breaking up with a friend. Not a lover but a friend in the platonic sense. It hurt me that what was once a beautiful, committed, unconditional friendship with someone I still like had to end.…
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Comedy on Top of Haarlem 4

The Haarlem Comedy Factory and DeDakkas present their fourth Comedy on Top of Haarlem, with a new excellent line up with INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS, A FANTASTIC VIEW ON HAARLEM and a PRIVATE TERRACE!   Program - 8:00- 8:30 PM: Doors open…
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Open House Weekend Toneelschuur & Filmschuur

Have you always been curious about that very special building on the edge of Haarlem’s red light district? Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September sees the kick-off of the new cultural season, and to mark the occasion Toneelschuur will be holding…
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Theater tip: LANGUAGE by Vanja Rukavina

Let Language lead the way to a better world.  Welkom bij een college over taal. Welcome to a lecture about language. Dobro došli na predavanje o jeziku. Добро дошли на предавање о језику. 言語に関する講義へようこそ。 언어…
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Toneelschuur Haarlem 'Language No Problem' Theater Program September-December 2019

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…
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Life isn’t an extended vacation

Life in the Netherlands:  Week 6 Life isn’t an extended vacation For the first few weeks that we were living in Haarlem, our life looked like a promotional video for the Netherlands.  The kids and I laughing in our new urban arrow…
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Haarlem Late Summer Comedy: Friday September 6th

Enjoy late summer with a laugh, a chat and a good time. With a fantastic international line up that comes to Haarlem for you, free parking, a private bar, a big terrace with view on the park and 10% discount on food (the best pancakes in…
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS SEPTEMBER

Summer may be coming to an end but there are plenty of reasons to be happy that September has arrived in Haarlem! As always we have the Dutch Language Café, our monthly drink and to celebrate the start of the cultural season, we have 3 comedy…
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Superhero Kids run Haarlem

Unleash your superpowers this September! If you are between 5 and 15 and have a particular interest in superheroes then this event is definitely for you! This is the very first Superhero Kids Run to take place in Haarlem but we do not think…
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Heritage Days

Experience history on your doorstep during Heritage Days I don't know about you, but so often I say 'oh I must visit that building' or 'I must find out what that statue is all about' and very often, I forget all about it! We tend to leave…
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PolderGoud Festival

PolderGoud Festival 2019   PolderGoud Festival is a blazing music festival in an industrial setting! Surprising elements are presented to you and ensure a constant shift of your attention. For anyone looking for a great festival…
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Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival

Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival   Today, Sunday 1st of September, the summer festival Schalkwijk aan Zee takes place in the Molenplas recreation park for the 9th time. Like every year, visitors can enjoy art, theater, dance, delicious food…
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Marnetta's Soul Food

Food for the soul! From Jamaica to Haarlem, Fiona McGeever talks all things Caribbean with Marnetta Anderson the owner of Haarlem's spicy lunch spot Marnetta's Soul Food If Marnetta’s welcoming smile doesn’t warm your heart, then…
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Taalthuis open day September

Are you interested in following a Dutch course? Do you want to learn Dutch in a structured but fun way? On September 4 Taalthuis organizes an open day so you can come and see why learning Dutch at Taalthuis is a good choice. ExpatsHaarlem readers…
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My first realisations of Dutch life

Life in the Netherlands: Week One My first realizations of Dutch life Recently, my family decided to take a leap of faith and move from the states to Haarlem, Netherlands.  We had a very comfortable life in America; good jobs, a nice home,…
Haarlem Summer Comedy
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Haarlem Summer Comedy

The Haarlem Comedy Factory & City Beach Bar Oerkap present the HAARLEM SUMMER COMEDY!  Join our OPEN AIR COMEDY with excellent INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS and a FANTASTIC VIEW on the RIVER SPAARNE and the city of HAARLEM.   Program -…
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS AUGUST

August is here and with it comes an array of fantastic events! From the much-loved foodie festivals Haarlem Culinair and ProefPark Haarlem to Haarlem Jazz & More, there is something for everyone! Make sure to check out our open-air Haarlem…
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Haarlem Culinair silver jubilee

This August will mark the 25th edition of Haarlem's favourite foodie festival, Haarlem Culinair. Over four days the Grote Markt will be transformed into a culinary spectacle that will showcase the best of Haarlem's food scene. Haarlem Culinair…
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Haarlem Jazz & More 2019

Haarlem Jazz & More 2019, from Wednesday 14th of August until Sunday the 18th, promises five days of magical musical festivities! Jazz fans it's almost that time of the year again! Get ready to kick back and enjoy the smooth sounds of Haarlem…
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ProefPark Haarlem Food Truck Festival

The 2019 summer edition of ProefPark Haarlem Food Truck Festival will kick off this Friday, August 23rd to the 25th in the Kenaupark.  Kenaupark offers the perfect location for the 7th edition of ProefPark Haarlem Food Truck Festival.…
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LGBTQI+ books to read during Amsterdam Pride

Pride Amsterdam 2019 is just around the corner and many people are looking forward to celebrating diversity and equality during the canal parade. Parties and activities will take place all over the city between July 27th and August 04th. Pride…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…