Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Vacancies
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Job vacancies increase in the Netherlands

The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recently released the figures of the open positions of the Dutch labor market. This reports show that, despite the large growth differences between the regions the labor market has increased. The…
Zijlstraat
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Zijlstraat is where it's at

Have you been in the Zijlstraat recently? There are so many new and exciting things to try there. From craft beer to cajun food, and even organic candy. There are a plethora of new things to try and here are just a few of them. Zijlstraat,…
Wonder Wander
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Exhibition i WONDER i WANDER today in De Lichtfabriek

De exhibition i WONDER i WANDER in De Lichtfabriek (the old the Light Factory) is part of Kunstlijn Haarlem. Themes of the exhibition are Alice in Wonderland and the big questions: Who are we? What is reality? The Light Factory is…
shopping hours Haarlem
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New shopping hours Haarlem center 3 x 7

From Thursday, November 5th, 2015 the shops in the center of Haarlem will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 19:00 hours (3x7). The extension of the opening hours, with shops being open one hour longer than before, is still…
Talk (photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)

Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Talk Back

Earlier this summer, when it was finally my daughter's turn for a carnival ride, she wandered a few steps away from the line. I stepped out to pull her back and was confronted by a 5- or 6-year-old boy who'd been standing behind us. "Excuse…
Haarlem Connect
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Invitation to Haarlem Connect

Welcome to Haarlem (again)! In this joint event of the City of Haarlem, Haarlem Marketing and expatsHaarlem we will welcome all internationals of Haarlem & surroundings to our wonderful city. You are welcome on Friday, October 30, 2015…
Taste of Lapland
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Taste of Lapland

This weekend Villa Westend Velserbroek is entirely in the atmosphere of Lapland, the most northern point of Europe, located in the Arctic Circle. The event allows visitors to enjoy the atmosphere and flavors of the real Lapland. Dining…
Community Yoga
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Community Yoga: Free weekly Yoga class, with big benefits

My job is great, but after a long week, my back and mind are on the exhausted side. When Friday comes around, I want to get in some of my exercise for the week, but my gym has become so crowded that even a yoga class there was starting to turn…
Rice Cakes
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Warning: Don’t Let Your Children Eat Rice Cakes

Well-known rice products found in grocery stores all over the world can be harmful to young children. A new study has revealed excessive levels of a carcinogenic substance in some popular favorites and is issuing a warning to parents. Adults…
Schiphol
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Schiphol pollution levels potential health risk

Many of us live relatively close to Schiphol airport. Where the volume of polluting particles in the air could form a potential health risk for people living nearby, the public health institute RIVM writes in a new report. The concentration…
Kinderopvang Op Stoom
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Op Stoom: The best kinderopvang in Haarlem

I am the mum of three little kids: a five-year-old son and two toddler daughters. For five years, we have relied on daycare in Haarlem: four years with Op Stoom and one year with Kinderopvang Haarlem. My conclusion: Op Stoom is much better! Op…
Bilingual
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Becoming Bilingual: A Piece of cake?

This article isn’t about children that were exposed to more than one language since birth, but about kids that were exposed to a different language after the acquisition of their mother tongue. That was my case at five. I know people usually…
Dislike button (Getty images)
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Dislike button on the way

Facebook is to add a "dislike" button to its social network, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said. Since the “like” button debuted in 2009, Facebook users have been asking for its counterpart. Mid-September Zuckerberg announced in a…
ProefPark Haarlem 2015
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Photos Mobile Food Photography Workshop at ProefPark Haarlem 2015

Here they are, the photos of the expatsHaarlem/Haarlem Foodies/Haarlem Photo Club Mobile Food Photography Workshop at ProefPark Haarlem 2015. With our Haarlem Foodies Chef Nicoletta Tavella, chef at La Cucina del Sole, food advisor for…
Inside out
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How Emotions Serve (in any setting)

It's not often I enjoy a “kid film” as much as I did this past summer's Pixar hit, Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt connected with myself (as things resonated with me) and also with my eight-year old daughter whose hand I squeezed…
Groene boekje Dutch Language
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Dutch language gets thousands of official new words

Thousands of new words will be included in the new edition of the Groene Boekje - the "Little Green Boek"- with the official list of Dutch words, which will be published on October 13, the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf published. New words such…
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De Vrije School

The range of types of education and schools is large. What to choose depends on your own needs and preferences. This month I present to you: De Vrije School (The free school/Waldorf education). What is the idea and how does this work out in…
I am not a tourist Expat Fair
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with FREE tickets

Are you an international living in or moving to Holland? Looking for opportunities and information to make the most of life abroad? jot down Sunday, 4 October 2015 in your diary for Expatica’s annual ‘I am not a tourist’ Fair, hosted in…
Haarlem Cultuur Festival 2015.
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Haarlem Cultural Festival 2015

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 12th and 13th September in Haarlem. There are lots of activities to do in…
aromantic
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Dutch men are not ROMANTIC!

The word “Dutch” has some negative connotations.  In the 17th Century the English marked the word “Dutch” as anything they did not like or considered unwholesome.  To name a few that survived to this day;  “Dutch courage” (over…
Haarlem Sustainable Market
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Haarlem Sustainable Market

Today, September 6, 2015 sustainable entrepreneurs show their products or services. In addition to approximately 100 market stalls there will be also venues for demonstration sessions and music. The world's first wooden e-bike, Ekoplaza,…
new entrance Van Gogh museum (Photo: Novum)
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Museumplein turns yellow with 125,000 sunflowers at the new entrance Van Gogh museum

A maze made up of 125,000 sunflowers has been set up on the Museumplein in Amsterdam to celebrate the opening of the new entrance hall to the Van Gogh museum.  The sunflower labyrinth covers almost half of the Museumplein and everyone is welcome…

FIVE WAYS TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR CHILD AFTER SCHOOL

After six weeks of summer vacation, I find myself going back to our school time routine. However, as I reflected on last year’s first week of school experiences, I realized that it was so easy to let the new school year go by. Last year, we…
Sand Sculptures Zandvoort
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European Championship Sand Sculptures in Zandvoort

This year marks the fourth subsequent European Championship Sand Sculptures in Zandvoort aan Zee. The sculptures will remain on show through October. Between August 15th and 21st, seven ‘carvers’ from different European countries…
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30 TOTALLY FREE THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is an expensive city. Sure, the rent prices are exorbitant and it's not exactly cheap to go out .... unless you're doing one of these 30 activities!    1. Watch the random action on the Dam Square or Leidseplein Sure,…
Important facts for the first step to elementary school (Photo: Leóny Lasschuit)

Important facts for the first step to elementary school

  In this article I focus on the first step towards the (regular) education: Elementary School Where should I start picking a good elementary school? Once your child is 4, it's time to attend school. But before the 4th anniversary…
Heineken bier
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The Netherlands world’s second-biggest beer exporter

Dutch brewers hit in 2014 a record high as world’s second-biggest beer exporters.  Dutch breweries exported an all-time record 1,6 billion euros worth of beer last year, surpassing 2013 exports by four per cent, Centraal Bureau…
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Free Music Festival: Haarlem Jazz & More

Once a year the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe takes place in our fantastic city. This year the festival will be held from August 19 – 22, 2015.   Artists/bands will perform here and play different types of music. Think of: Jazz, Pop…
Greenjoying Loosdrechtse Plassen