Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

Variée restaurant in Haarlem
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Variée restaurant in Haarlem

Some weeks ago we went to try Restaurant Variée, because I spent the last 2 years passing by but never stopping by! It was time to discover the place and the cuisine. The owners prepared us a special menu and welcomed us as I never had…
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Comparisons of the Dutch with other Europeans

The Shallow Man is a well travelled old fossil. I’ve lived in a country or three and have been fortunate enough to have travelled to a few places during my long slow jog on planet earth. I’ve written lots about various aspects of Dutch…
A problem called "Happiness"
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A problem called "Happiness"

When I was studying psychology at university, I did not imagine that later on as a therapist I would have to face a problem called “happiness.” This mysterious thing we call happiness seems to be a must-have for everyone and - whether…
Nautilus machines

I hate functional training!!!

You heard me, I hate the current trend of what is being espoused as ‘functional training’.  The idea that ‘this or that’ is ‘functional’… Functional for what? To understand the idea of what functional training is, we need to…
I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead (Photo: Shutterstock)

I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead

I didn't realize I have been riding on a dark cloud to strangers, acquaintances or even friends when I respond my usual remark of “but why shouldn't I be positive? Why shouldn't I be happy and be grateful and be alive while dealing with cancer?” I…
Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?
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Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?

Unicef calls the Dutch the happiest children in the world and they rank second in the OECD for life/work balance. How big a factor is parental leave? Robbin Haasnoot, 33, greets his daughter and wife as they return from swimming. It’s…
Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained
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Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained

You may think you’re the one deciding what you buy at the supermarket but the reality is that you’re pre-programmed by the companies deciding what you should buy! It doesn’t just stop there, you are even led to specific products because…
Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

I am not a photographer. But I have been working for 6 years as "marketing intelligence chick" for a known photography brand and have dealt a lot of time with photographers. What I learned from them? What NOT to say to a photographer. Here’s…
This Hilarious Attempt To Change The World Is The Best Video I’ve Seen In A While!

This Hilarious Attempt To Change The World Is The Best Video I’ve Seen In A While!

Want to change the world? If so, don’t be like this guy, do it right! His hilarious attempt is both funny and desperate, but there is a deeper meaning behind it! Is there something we actually can do? Sure there is, watch this video and follow…
The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born
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The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born

The Haarlem Photo Club is a network for anyone who likes reading articles about photography, joining in photo contests, connecting with other photographers, learning new techniques and sharing experiences at an event, lecture or workshop. Beginner…
Primary school in the Netherlands (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation…
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26 Places to Visit Before you Die

Last month online magazine Architecture & Design has made a ranking of their 26 Places to Visit Before you Die. 2 of them are in the Netherlands, very close: Amsterdam and Lisse. Such gorgeous places... I have visited some, others are…
Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat
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Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat

I have been living in the Netherlands for more than 10 years. Like most expats, I was working for a large international corporation. Last year, I decided to make the big dive by quitting and setting up a one-man company axed on two activities…
Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe
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Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe

Last month Mercer released its annual Cost of Living City Rankings. The global survey ranked Amsterdam as the 39th most expensive city for expats worldwide and the 12th most expensive within Europe. Cost of Living City Survey Mercer's…
Understanding fine art photography (Photo: Foam Editions)
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Understanding fine art photography

The Amsterdam photo fair UNSEEN is rapidly approaching 18-21 September 2014. This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair with high expectations of seeing…
Belgians drink the most on holiday (Photo: Ibiza.nl)
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Belgians drink the most on holiday

With an average of 3.7 drinks per day, Belgians are the biggest drinkers among European holidaymakers.  This results from a study conducted by the travel website Zoover, surveying 4.000 Europeans from 10 different countries. Dutch…
Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care (Photo: Arianna Ardia)

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care

Are you looking for high quality childcare for your baby or toddler? Or thinking at changing type of childcare? Read more about the five most common types of childcare in the Netherlands in a series of five articles. Today part 2: Nanny Care…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges (Photo: Chaud)
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges

Do you have small children and are you thinking of moving abroad? Did you shift between cultures as a child? Are your children spending a significant part of their development years in a culture that isn’t their original one? If any of the…
Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More (Photo: Ad Timmers)
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Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More

Just a few days to go and the center of Haarlem will be "filled" by Jazz & More. Haarlem Jazz & More is the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe and takes place in our fantastic city! From August, Wednesday 13th till Saturday 16th the…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold" (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold"

Social media are filled by complaints about tepid beer. The beers would be served at much higher temperatures than the ideal five degrees. But according to beer sommelier Gijs Troost it's not so bad as the drink is slightly warmer. The…
Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…
Next Supermoon (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Next Supermoon

THIS SUNDAY, August 10th 2014: Supermoon Will Be Closest Pass Yet The August 2014 supermoon will be the closest the moon comes to earth all year and should be the best of the five supermoons of 2014 as it passes within 221,765 miles or…
World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and special invitation for our Haarlem breastfeeding mums (Photo: Breastfeeding Chicago)
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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and special invitation for our Haarlem breastfeeding mums

The World Breastfeeding Week 2014 is this week, between Aug 1-7. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action WABA has announced the slogan and theme for WBW 2014: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life! This year's WABA World Breastfeeding…
NLs in top five countries for mothers (Photo; Arianna Ardia)
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NLs in top five countries for mothers

The chance of a woman in the Netherlands dying during pregnancy or childbirth has decreased by over half since the start of the century. This makes the Netherlands the fifth-safest country in the world to have a baby. While at the end…
Topless sunbathing is out (Photo: Getty Images)
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Topless sunbathing is out

European women choose less and less for topless sunbathing  This is what the French Elle writes, according to The Independent. The magazine’s summer issue suggests that topless sunbathing is over, even on the French Riviera, known…
The Amsterdam Casual sex guide (Photo: Thinkstock)
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The Amsterdam Casual sex guide

The sun has been shining in Amsterdam, everywhere I look I see what appears to be the new fashion trend here, micro hot pants, or as the Jamaicans call them ‘batty riders.’ Here’s a tip for my female readers. If you’re wearing a backless…
Haarlem CS
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Haarlem CS

Haarlem CS (Central Station): origin, style, architectonic details, difference between Haarlem CS and railway stations in other cities, renovations, qualification as "Rijksmonument" (state monument) and decoration for both national as international…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer (Photo: Luca Coppola)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer

The most amazing thing in Holland is the attitude to consider that nothing is useless.. and that everything can produce income taking on a new value in the function of a new activity. This concerns particularly the new destinations of old churches.…
Holidays Under the Tuscan Sun (Photo: Lidia Bernabei)
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Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun

'La Dolce Vita', the sweet way of life, we can't get enough of it! La Dolce Vita at the Tuscan coast? Sun, sea, hills, culture, traditions, relax, good food & wines... ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! But sometimes we can't enjoy 100%: running…