Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Dutch holiday maker has more often sex
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Dutch holiday maker has more often sex

Nearly three-quarters of the Dutch have more sex on holiday than at home. This results from a research of Radio 10 for the radio show Tim in the morning. In particular caravan owners profit of the holiday atmosphere: 90 percent of them say…
ProefPark Haarlem
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Interview ProefPark Haarlem: We want a culinary revolution

Most Haarlem Foodies know that ProefPark Haarlem is coming up, but do you know the ins and outs of the event? Read about them in Haarlem Foodies’ interview with the man behind ProefPark Haarlem, Sjors van Wezel. The weather is nice, a beautiful…
Dutch gin
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Dutch gin best in the world

In the United States the gin of the Dutch distillery Rutte in Dordrecht has been nominated the best in the world. Three products won double gold. It concerns both the Dry Gin Dry and the Dry Gin with celery. Also the Dutch gin Old Simon…
GREENWASHING

Greenwashing in cosmetics

Last week during one of my meetings - the subject of this blog post found me. It comes up in one form or another, in every single meeting I have and in every casual conversation with people I meet when we talk about green beauty products. “Do…
New: Sugar And Spices Bites
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New: Sugar And Spices Bites

The couple Umang and Jalpa had a clear vision: they wanted to create a place where you can have a casual drink, where you can have lunch or dinner, with the Indian cuisine as a starting point –without the cliché curries-, paired with excellent…
Parksessie
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Today: last Parksessie

If you are free today, this is a tip. Parksessies is a small and creative event in the city park Haarlemmerhout, plenty of arts, theatre and music in a summer picnic atmosphere. During Parksessies the parc is transformed by theatre and…
Greenjoy Boat Renting: Special 20% Discount for expatsHaarlem and Haarlem Photo Club members (Photo: Greenjoy)
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Greenjoy Boat Renting: Special 20% Discount for expatsHaarlem members

Wow, it’s amazing.. SUNNY WEATHER IN THE NETHERLANDS! Can you believe it? Why not making the most of it then? The weather forecast seems to be pretty awesome for the coming week! Let's hope even weeks! Are you – like many others – eager…
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Renting a Boat in Haarlem

Renting a boat in Haarlem for a few hours in much easier (and more affordable) to do than one might expect. Now that the weather is nice, it might be something to think about doing. This article is a review about my experience with renting…
Haarlem Foodie
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Are you a Haarlem Foodie? Show it!

The trend this summer: show that you're a FOODIE. Wearing the only real Haarlem Foodie t-shirt or hoody. Get spotted with your Haarlem Foodie t-shirt, hoody or tank top and Win! How do you order a Haarlem Foodie t-shirt, hoody or tank top? Click…
Photp Contest Haarlem & Food (featured photo: kampeergek.nl)

Photo Contest: HAARLEM & FOOD (& DRINKS) - Summer edition

MAKE & UPLOAD OR MAIL YOUR BEST PHOTOS (max 3) AND BE PUBLISHED!  ********************************************************* What is a virtual challenge? The virtual challenge means that there is no physical event but we go away and…
Taking perfect photos in sunshine [The person on the photo has given their written permission for ExpatsHaarlem to use the photo in the article.]

Taking perfect photos in sunshine

It is no secret that taking photos during sunshine can be difficult. In full manual mode, it’s not difficult to get an OK result. But for those that are a little picky, wanting correct colors and exposure, it can on a sunny day be challenging…
Travelling
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10 Tips to Save Money when Travelling

Do you want budget travel tips for free? Would you like to travel more often without breaking the bank? If you are at all interested, read on to find out how you can do simple things to save money next time you go on vacation. 1. Go Off-Season It’s…
Do you make these 9 sunscreen mistakes?
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Do you make these 9 sunscreen mistakes?

It’s time to make healthy skin a priority.. and to avoid sun protection mistakes: sunburn, basking in the sun to get tanned, relying only on sunscreen to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. By now, you probably know too that you…
Italian mistakes
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6 embarrassing mistakes to avoid in Italian

Learning Italian or planning to exercise your Italian during your holidays? Italian can be a minefield for well-intentioned non native speakers. Don't make yourself a laughing-stock and check out our list of six of the most embarrassing mistakes…
knocker
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COME KNOCKING

Door Knockers add character to any door, it is a feature that carries the characters of the culture and how you knock on a door. Some countries don’t have door knockers, only door bolts, does that say anything about them, like minimalist or…
Terrace
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Terraces more expensive, Amsterdam on top

People going out for a round of drinks on a terrace will in some cities pay more than a year ago. Amsterdam is the most expensive city in the Netherlands in which to have a drink on a terrace, taking the first place from Haarlem. Haarlem is…
NS Actie
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Kids Free: kids travel unlimited and for free on NS trains

With the Kids Free Subscription 3 children of 4/11-years-old travel for free and unlimited with you on weekends and during the week on the NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen/Dutch train net) . The advantages of Kids Free Applies on weekends…
Top 10 Tips for Doing Business with the Dutch
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Top 10 Tips for Doing Business with the Dutch

Whether you have a Dutch boss, subordinates, colleagues or customers knowing how the local culture influences the way business is carried out is crucial to successful and effective business relations. Be prepared for lots of meetings…
gender pay gap
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Dutch gender pay gap disminishes under one euro an hour

The wage gap between men and women in the Netherlands is shrinking because men are earning less. This results from a new research by wage assessment website the Monsterboard jobs platform. According to the study, the difference in average wages…
rage

How to Face RAGE in Young Children

For this week I am focusing on the emotion called RAGE. Have you ever felt rage? If yes how did it feel in your body? Where did you feel it? How did your breathing go? Where did it happen? With whom did it occur? What thoughts…
Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground, is open
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Summer tip: Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground

Speelparadijs Linnaeushof: the biggest playground of Europe! So close! Linnaeushof is located in Bennebroek, a 15 minute drive from Haarlem, 20 from Leiden, just some more from Amsterdam and The Hague.  During the whole season (April…
multilingualism
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Multilingualism Is Not An Excuse!

So often, I found myself saying or thinking: “She doesn’t do this or that, she’s multilingual”. When asked whether K. already says something, I sometimes have to reply: “No”. And I am very tempted to add: “She’s multilingual,…
Smaak Italie
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Smaak van Italië 2015

Italian flavors, fragrances and emotions, among the avenues of the wonderful Kasteel De Haar. A terrific location for the Italian event of the year in The Netherlands, among the tree-lined avenues surrounded by a beautiful park. And a couple…
Dutch food
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22 DUTCH FOODS YOU MUST TRY

Get your taste buds ready to sample some traditional Dutch food! In order to experience the Netherlands in an authentic way, you just HAVE to try traditional Dutch cuisines and specialties. So, here are the Top 22 Dutch foods you must try: 1. Haring…
Dutch Labour Law
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Changes in Dutch Labour Law 2015

As of 1 July 2015, new Dutch labour laws may result in some changes to the way you hire and dismiss personnel. More specifically: Changes affecting temporary personnel (Flexwet). Changes in regulations regarding the dismissal of employees…
Spring photo contest 2105

Haarlem Photo Club Spring photo contest 2105: the winners

Back in May we had this photo contest where our members could upload their best spring photo. We received some nice ones, some that were a bit less nice and a few outstanding photos that really gave us that crisp new spring feeling. Our jury…
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My top 10 terraces in Haarlem for the summer

In the Netherlands, people are so anxious to sunbath that when the sun is showing up you can find everywhere in the streets improvised terraces in front of the doors. This is the Dutch way! In the Netherlands, let's be really clear, sun…
ChildrenPhotosOnline
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Sharing Photos Of Children Online: Eight Ways You Can Do It

I’ve been very open about sharing my children’s pictures on the Internet, to go with various blog posts, memes and pinnable images. But recently, something terrible has happened to fellow blogger Vanessa at De Su Mama. Her children’s pictures…
Culture Shock
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Beyond Culture Shock

Moving to a foreign country has an emotional impact which can be more or less strong according to our own way of reacting to it. Some people are immediately enthusiastic about the country they moved to and adapt to it smoothly. Others, after…
English native speaker
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Six Reasons I Wish I Was An English Native Speaker

I love English! It is so great to be able to communicate with a large number of people from all over the world and hear all the different accents! And while I know I speak it really well, and even blog in this language- and my mother speaks…