Bee
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Bees surprise woman after supermarket shopping

In Bloemendaal thousands of bees nested in a saddlebag. The owner of the bike was at that tmoment in the supermarket doing shopping to do. Probably the queen bee chose the place, followed by the rest. A beekeeper has been called to remove…
Haarlem mayor
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Car Haarlem mayor burned down

Haarlem mayor Bernt Schneiders’ car went up in flames around 1:00 a.m. on Monday morning. The car burnt out completely. The fire department believe that the fire was caused by arson. The photos are impressive. The car was parked on…
Sorry guys, beards are over
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Sorry guys, beards are over

Beards are officially dead. What was once seen as the ultimate symbol of cool and the quintessential sign of manliness is now antiquated and unfashionable. According to Mashable, 'with the advent of the yuccie—that is, the Young Urban…
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expats Haarlem Housing
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expatsHaarlem introduces you to our new Housing manager

Nathalie will coordinate the expatsHaarlem Housing section. In this section you can read everything you need to know about the reasons to move to Haarlem, renting or buying a house in Haarlem, articles about the latest developments in the Housing…
Google
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The Netherlands first country with new Google public transport service

The Netherlands debuts as the first country in the world where Google is providing up-to-date public transport information via its Google Maps service. The Dutch news website nu.nl reports that it has been possible to request arrival…
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Vijfhoekkunstroute 2015

This weekend the 10th edition of the Vijfhoekkunstroute (Vijfhoek Art Walk) will be held in "the 'Jordaan' of Haarlem".  More information about this edition of the Vijfhoekkunstroute... This year the ‘Vijfhoekkunstroute’ is emerging…
Luilak
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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.…
Cantina023
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¡Olé! Cantina023 is Real Tex-Mex in Haarlem

Finally Haarlem has good and authentic Tex-Mex! Cantina023 opened its doors in February and it's amazing. I've been there twice so far and am always looking for an excuse to go back. All of the standards are there, burritos, tacos (authentic…
A lot of tick bites in our dunes
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A lot of tick bites in our woods and dunes

The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. In the last 2 years Tekenradar (the Ticks Monitor) has announced a record amount of ticks in the country. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Below what to do if you, your family…
4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day 2015

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4 May there…
Thrill Grill
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Thrill Grill opens its doors in Haarlem

My friend Lizzy of Haarlem Foodies tipped me: Thrill Grill opens its doors in Haarlem. Thrill Grill is THE place to be for people who like real burgers. The charcoal grilled hamburgers are made of 100% Dutch beef and served with fries from…
Anniversary
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EXPATSHAARLEM' S FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Happy Anniversary! EXPATSHAARLEM TURNS 1! It has been a year of challenges, of new experiences, old and new friendships, lots of wonderful articles, many great events, the start of services and our first partnerships. 10000 visitors…
Flower Parade
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2015

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek…
rokjesdag
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"Rokjesdag"

TODAY IT IS "ROKJESDAG". What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs Every spring the men look forward to Rokjesdag, the day when the temperature is high enough for…
Newborn
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Born yesterday: mothers and their newborn babies - in pictures

Photographer Jenny Lewis took 150 photographs of new mothers and their babies in their second day of life. Forty of these portraits of mums and their newborn babies, have been published as a book, One Day Young, by Hoxton Mini Press “All…
Facebook
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19th century vagina painting sparks French lawsuit against Facebook

A Paris high court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to decide in a case brought by a French teacher who claimed that Facebook could not distinguish between pornography and art following the suspension of his social networking account after…
contaminated cheese
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Warning against contaminated cheese

The Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) warned yesterday of the dangers of consumption of French cheese of the type Roquefort, the famous French blue cheese. The cheese is sold in different…
spring

Spring weather after Saturday

From Sunday, the temperature can rise to 14 degrees in the afternoon. Also next week it seems that we will have spring weather, with temperatures expected to be between the 10 and 15 degrees. According to Weeronline.nl yesterday. The weather…
Barcelona GO!
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Barcelona GO!

BARCELONA in Flow Motion - A fast moving short film.... TOO COOL! Gold prize winner at Timelapse Showfest 2014. 1 million plays within 5 days of launch. Commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board, this fast moving, short film showcases the…
makeup
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Australian mum turns Bratz dolls into Regular Girls by Removing their Heavy MakeUp

“These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a “tree change”, swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint…
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Uiltje Bar: A new place for craft brews

Maybe you've already hear of them or tasted had their beer but did you know that they will be opening their very own café this weekend?! That's right, Brouwerij het Uiltje will be opening the Uiltje Bar at Zijlstraat 18 in Haarlem on Saturday…
Albert Heijn
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Albert Heijn broke the rules with its ‘crystal’ glasses

The crystal glasses of Albert Heijn should not be labelled lead crystal. They don't contain lead. The supermarket group Albert Heijn broke the advertising standards rules by suggesting shoppers could save up for the highest quality crystal…
lover
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Dutch man is bad lover

Dutch men are the second worst lovers in Europe. They are worse than French, Spanish and Swedish lovers. At least, according to the female members of Ashley Madison, a site for people with a relationship. The booby prize goes to the…
Valentine postcards (Photo: Daniëlle Martens)
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Happy Valentine Free postcards and lipstick kisses!

The Dutch postcard company PostNL makes this year valentine very special: postcards that are posted with a lipstick kiss before 13 February 17:00 are free of charge. How does it work? Place a real kiss with lipstick on the corner of…
expat
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Things NOT to Say to an Expat

ExpatsHaarlem's friend & worldwide known comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding just made a new video in which he gives directions for small-talk with an Expat. About Things NOT to Say to an Expat. And suggestions about what to say instead. Watch…
work
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expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Work

The expatsHaarlem Work section is yet another service that expatsHaarlem has developed to make your life in the Netherlands and in Haarlem in particular a little easier. In this Work section you can read everything about the Dutch labour…
chef
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LE CHEF'S LIST 100 OF THE BEST CHEFS IN THE WORLD

A list of the 100 Best Chefs in the World has been created by the French magazine Le Chef. The magazine polled over 500 two-to-three Michelin starred chefs around the world and asked them each to provide five names of chefs they thought…
jobless
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Dutch jobless total rose in December 2014

The number of jobless people in the Netherlands rose by 12,000 in December 2014, the first increase since May 2014, the national statistics office CBS said last Thursday, January 22, 2015. The increase takes the Dutch unemployment total…
Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime (Photo: Rick van den Berg)

Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime

Yesterday evening a gunman claiming to represent a "hacker collective" stormed the TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Hilversum and demanded airtime, before he was arrested by police. No-one was hurt and no shots were fired during…