Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Insects as usual food in the Netherlands?
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Insects as usual food in the Netherlands?

You heard that right, just like in many other parts of the world where eating insects is a normal part of every day life, insect meat is coming to the Netherlands. Insect meat has been available in Belgium since last month but still needs…
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The first Sand Hotel opens in the Netherlands

You've heard of the ice hotels that have recently opened in cold areas in the world, but you've probably never heard of a sand hotel. Always dreamed of living (or at least sleeping) in a sandcastle? Well now it's your chance! Is the hotel…
In 2020 no chocolate anymore
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In 2020 no chocolate anymore

Bad news for all chocoholics: in 2020 there will be no chocolate anymore. This is what de Telegraaf reported yesterday, Monday, November 17, 2014. The Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut, a major supplier, warns that they can no longer…
Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum Exhibition

Concerning the exhibit “Emotions – Painted Feelings in the Golden Age,” now showing at the Frans Hals Museum, some of the newspaper headlines I read were: “Emotions, by the Old Masters,” “Pain and Pleasure in the Golden Age,” and…
Successful first Haarlem Photo Club exhibition & lecture "Abandoned & Captured"
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Successful first Haarlem Photo Club exhibition & lecture "Abandoned & Captured"

On Sunday, October 26th our first photo exhibition & lecture by the photographer was there. Olaf Kramer welcomed us in Bar Wolkers to tell all about his urbex photography collection, for this occasion bundled and adequately titled Abandoned…
Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners! (Photo: Daniela Muente)
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Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners!

Our Haarlem Photo Club member Daniela Muente made it to the Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners with her photo taken during the Haarlem Photo Walk co-organised with the Haarlem Photo Club this October. Congratulations Daniela,…
Circus Tricks - How do you juggle ex-pat life, children and still try to follow your dream? (Illustrations by Sarah-Leigh Wills and copyright Rembrandt & Kiki 2014)
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Circus Tricks - How do you juggle ex-pat life, children and still try to follow your dream?

Jane Archer-Wilms, British ex-pat, explains how she puts pen to paper, publishes and promotes in between the pooey nappies, playdates and pick-ups. Breed. This was the standard answer if you asked the 16 year old me what I wanted to do…
Bok beer season: four not to miss 
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Bok beer season: four not to miss 

It is officially bok beer season in the Netherlands. Official rules, origin and four bok beers not to miss. PINT (Promotie Informatie Traditioneel Bier), the largest beer association in the Netherlands, sets specific standards for bok…
HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe
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HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe

World of Wanderlust just published the top 13 most romantic small towns in Europe: Haarlem in the Netherlands is among them and scored the 8th position. My beloved Cinque Terre are nr. 4. According to World of Wanderlust if you need of…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
Streets of Amsterdam
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Streets of Amsterdam

Whenever I visit Amsterdam, the ongoing street scenes, always capture my attention. The feeling of relaxation, the eccentric people walking around, the hobos on the corner hanging out next to the street kids, the busy people who are always…
The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the C
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the C

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my third 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…
More than 100 schools closed
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More than 100 schools closed

Every year more and more schools are closing their doors. Last school year 108 elementary schools were shut down or merged with another school. Thus there are, according to the Office of Education have 6541 primary schools left. The PO-council,…
What’s amazing is the story of how it came to be like this.(Photo: Lucas Malkiewicz)
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Photo story: Abandoned Polish Palace

In 1910, this palace was built as a home for Polish Royalty. In the years that followed, it evolved through wars and social upheaval into an agricultural educational center, a home for the mentally handicapped and a school for disturbed children.…
Anxiety and Expat Life (Photo: Freddie Pena)
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Anxiety and Expat Life

In my work as a psychologist in Amsterdam, I often help and support people with anxiety disorders: panic attacks, chronic agitation, stress, psycho-physical tensions, insomnia, etc. All these conditions are becoming more and more frequent…
Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food
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Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food

What to visit in Amsterdam? What to eat in Amsterdam? What is the typical food in Holland? These are some of the questions I get from all my guests who come to visit Amsterdam. It is always weird to answer what to eat... Dutch cuisine is…
Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”
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Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”

This new book on the bilingual block is the first of a planned series written in both Dutch and English. It tells the story of red headed twins, Kiki and Rembrandt, who move from England to the Netherlands. They have a Dutch mother and their…
The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the B
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the B

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my second 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…
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Rotterdam The Hague Airport is worth a try

Recently I wanted to take a trip to Budapest but was outraged that it was going to cost about €400 to fly from Schiphol with KLM. I checked Eindhoven Airport and there the prices were much better and I could buy a round trip for around €60.…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 2: The Benefits
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 2: The Benefits

This article is part 2 of 3 on being a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Summing things up, we are talking about children that have spent a significant part of their development years living out of their home culture, not identifying completely with…
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…