Lifestyle: Living, Leisure, Work and Wellness

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Yes. Summer has finally arrived..!!

In case you haven't noticed.. Today it's June 21st. In other words; "The Longest Day Of The Year!" So, a good reason to celebrate the summer.. If you feel like embracing the summer Then go for it! Get out of your comfort zone, challenge…
Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children
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Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children

At least 5 crèches in the Netherlands now refuse children who have not been vaccinated, according to a survey conducted by RTL News. Of 560 daycare organizations that responded to RTL’s questions about vaccination policies, 118 said…
Blossom by Victor Droogh
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Spring photo contest: we have a winner!

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. According…
INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING (Photo: Arianna, Daniel, Novita)
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INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, the Internationally-Touring Canadian Stand-Up Comedian, has performed in 35 countries worldwide. His intelligent cultural and social observations are delivered with a high energetic, flamboyant style that is impossible…
Shit Expats Say in The Netherlands
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Shit Expats Say in the Netherlands

Stand-up Comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding explores expat culture in the Netherlands. Performing soon for expatsHaarlem!  
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Songs not to play on Father's Day

Songs not to play on Father’s Day   It is Father’s Day today. There are a lot of great songs about fathers but try to avoid playing these around your dad today.   5.) John Denver- Please Daddy (Don’t get drunk this…
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Father's Day

Father’s Day (Vaderdag) in the Netherlands is always the third Sunday of June: this year on June 15th.  What's Father's Day? According to Wikipedia Father's Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds…
This weekend: today Vlaggetjesdag in Scheveningen; tomorrow: Fish market in Ijmuiden (Photo: Spits)
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This weekend: today Vlaggetjesdag in Scheveningen; tomorrow: Fish market in IJmuiden

Vlaggetjesdag” (Flag Day) festival is celebrated today, June 14th, in Scheveningen. “Vlaggetjesdag” (Flag Day) was the celebration welcoming the arrival of the first young herring of the season to the port of Scheveningen, Vlaardingen…
Being a mother.... looks familiar ?
Beach Body Diet Tips (Photo: Fitness Magazine)
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Beach Body Diet Tips

With the summer sun heating things up, it’s time to shed those heavy clothes or better yet, hit the beach or pool to cool off. With that thought in mind everyone seems to be gearing up to show off their toned beach bodies. As health and…
Clothing industry revises children's sizes (Photo: NOS)
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Clothing industry revises children's sizes

Dutch children are on average 2 kilos heavier than they were 12 years ago, and their waists are 4 cm thicker, according to research institute TNO. "The current children sizes, of 12 years ago, are too small nowadays. Children have become…
The future of photography, in a world where everyone has a high quality camera (Annie Leibovitz for DIsney. Photo: Disney. Published in Fast Company)

The future of photography in a world where everyone has a high quality camera

Renowned and highly respected photographer Annie Leibovitz recently gave an interview about the future of photography. In the interview, she pointed out how the difference between us (the photographers) and everyone else is, that we take…
Photo Stories 1895-2014 will tell you why (Photo: Lecturis)
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Photo Stories 1895-2014 will tell you why

Every photo has a story. Why does someone during his whole life shoot only woman legs? Who was the woman with the mysterious name Tai Aagen-Moro? And what's in the soup of Daguerre? More than one hundred fifty exceptional photographs from the…
Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")
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Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")

This summer, the Boerenplein (Farmer Square) next to the Jopenkerk is one of the nicest places in Haarlem. For many reasons. One of them: eight Sundays long fresh and healthy food enthusiasts can sit at long tables next to food trucks for lunch,…
Luilak Day
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race - Amsterdam 2014.
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expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2014

Urban Photo Race Kicks-off July 26 in Amsterdam. expatsHaarlem is one of the main sponsors of the race.  Amateur and professional photographers are invited to experience and share a unique view of Amsterdam in this exciting 12-hour competition…
Endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics found to affect sperm (photo by Shutterstock)

Endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics found to affect sperm

For a first time a direct link between exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals from industrial products and adverse effects on human sperm function has been found. These are the findings of a German - Danish team of researchers from the…
The Beatles' Influence on English-language in the Netherlands
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The Beatles' Influence on English-language in the Netherlands

Fifty years ago today, the Beatles arrived in the Netherlands – minus drummer Ringo Starr, who was hospitalized in London. The band was embarking on its first world tour. It would be the first and last time the Beatles performed in the Netherlands,…
The Italian ice cream goes on tour from Florence to Amsterdam (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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The Italian ice cream goes on tour from Florence to Amsterdam

"Gelato Festival", the Festival of the Italian ice cream, goes on tour: from Florence to Amsterdam, where the event will take place from August 7 to 10. Do you know that Italian ice cream comes from Italy? Of course! Do you know that it comes…
Duch toddlers' songs - Olifantje in het bos

Dutch toddlers' songs - Olifantje in het bos

Olifantje in het bos Laat je mamma toch niet los! Anders raak je de weg nog kwijt, en dan krijg je later spijt. Olifantje in het bos Laat je mamma toch niet los!   Don’t know the music? Our mini members Luca & Laura…
'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'
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'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding asks 'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?': 1,496,839 views in 2 weeks time! Cue Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, a worldwide very popular comedian who explores gender, sexuality, culture, stereotypes and identity.…
Appeltaart tuned into a Dutch Cheesecake with no oven (by Appetit Voyage)

Appeltaart tuned into a Dutch Cheesecake with no oven

This is a personal interpretation of the Dutch cheese cake / appeltaart. A quick and easy recipe mixing apples and cinnamon into a delicious cheesecake! I arrived in Haarlem (NL) a few years ago, to taste the life here! I already knew…
Haarlem Summer Photowalk (Photo: Carlos Charlez)
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Haarlem Summer Photowalk

Haarlem! Summer! Open Air! Photography! The best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK.   Come and join us in the 'Haarlem Summer Photowalk' on August 16th at 13:00. This is a joint event of expatsHaarlem Photo Club and the Amsterdam Photo…
English lessons to bilingual children in Haarlem and surroundings (Photo: Gerlinde de Haas)
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English lessons to bilingual children in Haarlem and surroundings

Haarlem is a great place to grow up for children and although there are many internationals living in Haarlem, there is currently no international education in Haarlem. Once at school, multilingual families often experience that the primary…
Real Espresso in Haarlem (Photo: Nick Ferrara)
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Real Espresso in Haarlem

Looking for a real espresso in Haarlem? Check out Mogador in the Botermarkt. Espresso here is always amazing and in my opinion the best in Haarlem.  
Nederlandse politiek voor dummies (Photo: Bol.com)
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Books - Nederlandse politiek voor dummies

Finally a book in which Dutch politics are understandably explained. In Dutch. Good exercise. How did Dutch politics start? What do members of the parliament do? How are decisions taken? What are the government and the parliament doing?…
Run for KiKa
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expatsHaarlem runs for KiKa, against cancer in children

It must be every parent's worst nightmare: hearing that your child has cancer. Every year 500 to 550 children in the Netherlands are diagnosed with this horrible disease. Today's cure ratio for cancer in children is 75%, which means there's…
Five forms of child care in the Netherlands - Day care

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 1: Day care

Are you expecting your first child soon? And are you looking for high-quality childcare for your baby? Or are you an expat family that has arranged childcare already, but would you like to reconsider whether this form of care still fits you…
"The art of the Brick" - Lego exhibition
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"The art of the Brick" - Lego exhibition

The Art of the Brick- Lego  museum exhibition tour  North America, Asia and Australia and now... the Netherlands! The Art of the Brick makes a stopover in Amsterdam during its international tour to allow visitors to marvel at incredible original…
Radio TV Design Museum in Haarlem is open again (Photo: RHT)
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Radio TV Design Museum in Haarlem is open again

The Radio TV Design Museum is open again since March 1, more than 2 years after the fire. The Radio TV Design Museum, housed in the attic above bike shop 't Mannetje in Spaarnwouderstraat, was struck on 22 February 2012 by a grave fire.…