Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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…
summer holiday parks
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Best holiday parks in the Netherlands for an unforgettable summer

Summer holidays are around the corner! If you are already thinking about where to spend the summer break this year, you are going to love these 7 getaways in the Netherlands. There are different accommodations for families in the Netherlands…
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…
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The number of unemployed Haarlemmers has risen

Unemployment in the Netherlands rose in 2020 for the first time in five years. At the end of last year, 357,000 people were out of work, compared to 314,000 at the end of 2019, according to figures from the recently published report…
Bavaria takes over Haarlem brewery UiltjeUiltje
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Bavaria takes over Haarlem brewery Uiltje

Uiltje Brewing Company from Haarlem, the brewer of specialty beers such as Bird of Prey, Dikke Lul 3 Bier! and F * ck the caravan is in the Fik, will be owned by Swinkels Family Brewers. Het Uiltje will expand and remain autonomous. Uiltje…
Buying a property in today’s housing marketTierra Mallorca
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Buying a property in today’s housing market

If you are, or have recently talked to anyone who is, a prospective property buyer, you will know that today’s Dutch housing market really is a sellers’ market. You will then also know that properties are often being sold (well) above the…
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…
Rachel Smets Feeling Guilty March 2021
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How to remove guilt and worry, and move forward.

Why do we feel guilty so often or dwell on the past? Why is it so difficult to make certain decisions? Many people spend large amounts of time with two useless thought patterns: Guilt and worry. Guilt is in the past and worry is in the future,…
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…
swap studio
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Free new clothes while saving the environment: Start swapping!

The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it is the second largest polluter in the world, just after the oil industry. Especially fast fashion (zara, h&m etc), which makes shopping for clothes more affordable,…
A good year Czech wines
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Dreams do come true and Dušan lives his in Haarlem!

When I met Dušan the first thing I saw was his passion for Czech natural wines. And now you can all see that, because he just founded a company that brings this naturally, delicious fermented juice to us, here in the Netherlands, straight to…
expatNest social distancing weekend
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So, any plans for this another-social-distancing weekend?

Although it's been a year that we’re practising social distancing, weekends remain important. Yes, the restaurants and bars are closed and we should keep at least 1,5 meters distance from people that don't live in our house, but this doesn't…
Haarlem women's day
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International Women’s Day: 12 remarkable Haarlemmer women!

March 8 is the International Women's Day and here in Expats Haarlem we want to celebrate it by honoring some of the Haarlemmer women who made and are still making an impact in the Netherlands and in the world! Haarlem's history has many special…
Ben Coates article
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The year of corona: Dutch superiority - Superior failure

In the Netherlands if we are better at something, we like international comparisons. And if we are not better at it, the answer is: 'This is not a competition!' During the corona crisis, Dutch failure is often presented as Dutch superiority. About…
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New CBS report tracks Dutch government’s climate targets

February has had its fare share of extreme weather scenarios in the Netherlands. Going from country-wide 'code red' warnings for snow drifts and blizzards near the beginning of the month to the start of a record-breaking run of mild days just…
Is your job making you sick?
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Is your job making you sick? Stop pretending and take action!

Is your job making you sick? Do you feel trapped in your 9-5 wondering 'this is it for the rest of my life?' On the other side of this life there is freedom. If you long for freedom, why are you not going there? Stop pretending and start taking…
Amsterdam’s Tuschinski most beautiful cinema in the worldHama Haki

Amsterdam’s Tuschinski most beautiful cinema in the world

Amsterdam’s Tuschinski Theatre has been named the most beautiful cinema in the world by Time Out magazine. Time Out's most beautiful cinemas In their list of the 50 most beautiful cinemas in the world, Time Out magazine honours modern…
Online retail turnover increased by over 92 percentrupixen.com
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Online retail turnover increased by over 92 percent

Online sales were 92.1 percent higher in January than in the same month a year earlier. Since the start of the publication of Internet sales by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in January 2014, the growth has not been so strong. The cause can…
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/winkels-en-contactberoepen/winkelen-en-boodschappen-doenArturo Rey
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Corona: rules for shops in the 1.5 metre society

From 3 March all non-essential shops may offer shopping by appointment. Shops for basic necessities such as among others supermarkets and other food stores, chemists and gas stations may stay open for business. Delivery and pick up of orders…
More breathing space in lockdown, but caution remainsMartin Sanchez
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More breathing space in lockdown, but caution remains

The coronavirus measures are testing everyone’s resilience, both physically and mentally. The longer the crisis continues, the more difficult it becomes for everyone. Now that a year has passed, the pandemic’s social and economic effects…
Dutch turn to live-stream webcams during curfewGemeente Haarlem
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Dutch turn to live-stream webcams during curfew

The national coronavirus curfew came into effect on January 23, and search engine Google immediately reported a significant increase in the number of ''webcam" searches. Curfew in the Netherlands In the ongoing fight against the coronavirus…
Why do we love the snow?
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Why do we love the snow so much?

There's no doubt that we are going through some weird times with a pandemic and the measures to prevent it. And as if that wasn't enough, the winter of 2021 has arrived, bringing sub-zero temperatures and icy winds along with it. The dark, cold…
Snow with bisschopswijn
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Dutch snow? Time for Dutch mulled wine: bisschopswijn!

Finally, we had the snow storm we all have been waiting for and don't we deserve it, especially this weird year! So while outside it feels like -14°C and we came back inside after walking and playing like children in the snow storm in the center…
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Local Charities Worldwide: four Haarlemmers start a revolution of giving

I don’t know about you but I am quite done getting my heart broken every morning, for the best part of the last year. Getting up, sipping coffee on the couch while browsing through the news is supposed to be a relaxing start to my day, like…
Camille learning Dutch with Taalthuisroyalty free
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Back to school: Camille and her Dutch learning journey

As an expat moving to a new country, learning the local language or at least some notions of it usually is one of the first concerns – right after having sorted out the important stuff actually essential to life, such as finding accommodation…
Rachel Smets life hacks crab bucketroyalty free (author's own pic)
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When your family doesn't support your dream

What do you do if you are lacking support from your loved ones? It is time to apply the crab theory! Is your family not supporting your dream? You are super excited and motivated but they say you're crazy. Knowing this crab theory will…
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The tricky expat question: where is home?

Expats the world over establish themselves in new places, but do they call the new place home or is it where they originally came from? This Expats Nest article asks this question by sharing the story of Greek-born expat now ensconced in London. Here,…
Lockdown measures tightened including curfewAnne Nygard
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Lockdown measures tightened including curfew

On the evening of  Wednesday 20 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that lockdown measures have to be tightened in response to concerns about new variants of the coronavirus. The previous announcement on…