As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced
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Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry pass

As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted. You can get a coronavirus entry…
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Joel lives in Haarlem. Joel is sad. Joel is funny. Joel wrote a book.

So who is Joel Azulay? Joel is your neighbour who takes the dog out at the same exact time every day, your friend from home who married his highschool sweetheart, the waitress at your favourite cafeteria, your annoying cousin who still collects…
Emotional eating
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EMOTIONAL EATING: WHY IT HAPPENS AND HOW TO MAKE THE SHIFT

Do you eat when you feel stressed, sad, happy, lonely, bored or angry? We all have different ways to cope with negative emotions and feelings, and emotional eating is one such way. Janine Schaeffer, a nutritional consultant with a background…
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How To Start Working Out In Haarlem After A Long Break

The Netherlands has been recently ranked as the 15th healthiest country in the whole world, with a health grade of 85,86. Factors such as quality health care, healthy diets, and outdoor activities and exercise have contributed to the nation's…
free COVID self-testsDimitri Karastelev
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Ordering free COVID self-tests

The Dutch government has announced that between 10 August and 1 September, you can order two free COVID-19 self-tests. Self-testing is an important means of detecting asymptomatic infections. So before going back to work or university after…
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Coronavirus vaccinations without appointment

Have you not been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet but do you want to? From 17 August 2021, it is possible to go to the vaccination locations in Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer without an appointment for your first corona vaccine dose. As things…
No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extendedDaniel Schludi
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No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extended

This week saw the 22 millionth dose of vaccine administered. The Netherlands now has high vaccination coverage and the figure is continuing to rise on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a greater increase is still needed. There are still an estimated…
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Checklist entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad - August 2021

Good preparation is important for your return trip to the Netherlands. Are you returning to the Netherlands from a yellow EU country on 8 August? Then you need a corona certificate (vaccination, recovery or test proof). Here's the Governments'…
butterfly parks in the netherlands
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The butterfly effect: A butterfly can flap its wings in a park in the Netherlands, and you get people visiting it.

The Netherlands with many picturesque cities around its canals and some very beautiful nature destinations, can enchant its travelers with its many different colors. These can come not only from the tulips, but also from the butterflies that…
Understanding healthcare system in Haarlem
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Understanding Non-Emergency Healthcare In Haarlem

The Dutch healthcare system is one of the best in the world, and it has always been welcoming for expats. However, as US News’ highlight of the stunted vaccine roll-out has shown, there are inefficiencies in the system that can be especially…
2021 penis size
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Which nationalities have the biggest and the smallest penises?

Even if you don't want to admit it, you are curious about the size of men's genitals. That's why you are reading this ;-) And yes, a lot of research has been done over the years, that shows that the penis size vary greatly between countries. A…
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"You are the hosts of death!", said the leading Greek professor of international fame Theodosis Tassios to the unvaccinated.

Professor Theodosis Tassios described the vaccine deniers as an "organised group of enormous dimensions", which threatens the rights of all of us. Speaking on a radio interview, Dr. Tassios noted that the division is imposed by those…
Ikea SYMFONISKIkea
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What's that noise coming from the painting?

Imagine you are lying on the couch, thinking about the beauty of life and looking at the beautiful paintings you have in your home. While thinking you dream away in the art, in the colors and in the brushstrokes that are smoothly spread over…
7 steps to get unstuck
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Are you stuck? Here are 7 steps to create the life you desire.

Are you fed up working hard every day? Do you want to finally quit that 9-5 job? Do you want to wake up in a good mood and do what you love? Then do it! Live your life to the fullest! I made the decision to quit a successful corporate…
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Proof that the corona-vaccine works

The age of corona patients admitted to hospital is shooting down. This month, people in their fifties are the largest group. Intensive Care foreman Diederik Gommers: 'The people that get in hospital and in the Intence Care Unit in May are the…
Tips for phone addiction
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Are you in a toxic relationship with your smartphone?

Smartphones have become an accepted part of our personal and professional lives, and in many cases an extension of our hands! But how much is too much? When does your phone time become an addiction? And how can you begin to take back control? If…
Bloemendal Galery reopening
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Art in Haarlem: Just like the flowers, Galerie Bloemendaal is coming back to us this month!

Finally, the Galerie Bloemendaal reopens after five months with a colourful spring exhibition and is waiting for us to enjoy it, together with the artists and good music. "Just like the sun colours the flowers, art colours life", is…
summer holiday parks
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Best holiday parks in the Netherlands for an unforgettable summer

Summer holidays are around the corner! If you are already thinking about where to spend the summer break this year, you are going to love these 7 getaways in the Netherlands. There are different accommodations for families in the Netherlands…
Rachel Smets Feeling Guilty March 2021
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How to remove guilt and worry, and move forward.

Why do we feel guilty so often or dwell on the past? Why is it so difficult to make certain decisions? Many people spend large amounts of time with two useless thought patterns: Guilt and worry. Guilt is in the past and worry is in the future,…
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Free new clothes while saving the environment: Start swapping!

The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it is the second largest polluter in the world, just after the oil industry. Especially fast fashion (zara, h&m etc), which makes shopping for clothes more affordable,…
A good year Czech wines
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Dreams do come true and Dušan lives his in Haarlem!

When I met Dušan the first thing I saw was his passion for Czech natural wines. And now you can all see that, because he just founded a company that brings this naturally, delicious fermented juice to us, here in the Netherlands, straight to…
expatNest social distancing weekend
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So, any plans for this another-social-distancing weekend?

Although it's been a year that we’re practising social distancing, weekends remain important. Yes, the restaurants and bars are closed and we should keep at least 1,5 meters distance from people that don't live in our house, but this doesn't…
Ben Coates article
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The year of corona: Dutch superiority - Superior failure

In the Netherlands if we are better at something, we like international comparisons. And if we are not better at it, the answer is: 'This is not a competition!' During the corona crisis, Dutch failure is often presented as Dutch superiority. About…
Is your job making you sick?
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Is your job making you sick? Stop pretending and take action!

Is your job making you sick? Do you feel trapped in your 9-5 wondering 'this is it for the rest of my life?' On the other side of this life there is freedom. If you long for freedom, why are you not going there? Stop pretending and start taking…
Dutch turn to live-stream webcams during curfewGemeente Haarlem
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Dutch turn to live-stream webcams during curfew

The national coronavirus curfew came into effect on January 23, and search engine Google immediately reported a significant increase in the number of ''webcam" searches. Curfew in the Netherlands In the ongoing fight against the coronavirus…
Why do we love the snow?
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Why do we love the snow so much?

There's no doubt that we are going through some weird times with a pandemic and the measures to prevent it. And as if that wasn't enough, the winter of 2021 has arrived, bringing sub-zero temperatures and icy winds along with it. The dark, cold…
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Local Charities Worldwide: four Haarlemmers start a revolution of giving

I don’t know about you but I am quite done getting my heart broken every morning, for the best part of the last year. Getting up, sipping coffee on the couch while browsing through the news is supposed to be a relaxing start to my day, like…
Rachel Smets life hacks crab bucketroyalty free (author's own pic)
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When your family doesn't support your dream

What do you do if you are lacking support from your loved ones? It is time to apply the crab theory! Is your family not supporting your dream? You are super excited and motivated but they say you're crazy. Knowing this crab theory will…
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The tricky expat question: where is home?

Expats the world over establish themselves in new places, but do they call the new place home or is it where they originally came from? This Expats Nest article asks this question by sharing the story of Greek-born expat now ensconced in London. Here,…
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Dutch government resigns: what are the consequences for the corona crisis?

The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned on Friday 15 January over a scandal in which thousands of parents were falsely accused of child benefit fraud between 2013 and 2019. Ministers will stay on in a caretaker capacity…