Christmas Commercial AH (Albert Heijn) from Bloemendaal and Overveen
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Christmas Commercial AH (Albert Heijn) from Bloemendaal and Overveen

The Christmas Commercial is recorded in "our" Bloemendaal and Overveen. Nice! The thought of the commercial ... At Christmas dinners you show how important family is to you. But what do you do when someone can not there be? Then you start…
Stock up on supplies, Haarlem to be transformed for 3FM’s Serious Request Live
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Stock up on supplies, Haarlem to be transformed for 3FM’s Serious Request Live

By now you probably have seen one of the many posters around the city. However, if you missed this news, sit back and prepare yourself as the residents of Haarlem are in for 6 days of apocalypse like transformation and the good kind! This year…
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Windowless Planes

A UK developer is working on replacing airplane windows with windowless walls like in cargo planes. The only difference is that the inside of the newly designed planes would be totally covered in video screens. What's more, this will bring down…
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Serious Request 2014: a glass house, 3 guys, no food. This year on Grote Markt.

Serious Request Unless you just freshly came off the boat or you've spent your time in the Netherlands underneath a rock, you've probably heard of Serious Request. The concept is simple: Wait till it is almost Christmas, put 3 deejays in…
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Men Choose Smart Women over Sexy Ones

Believe it or not, recent research has found that men value brains over sexiness. Even eyes are more important to men than breasts and butt! The research was done by the University of Utrecht where around 3,500 mostly Dutch and highly…
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…
Today: International Men's Day (Photo: Internationalmensday.com)
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Today: International Men's Day

Women have their Day and men too! International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. "Objectives of International Men's Day include a focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations,…
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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…
Basking Shark spotted off the Dutch coast!

Basking Shark spotted off the Dutch coast!

Thinking of better integrating into Dutch society and doing the New Years Dive  this year? Better think again, recently a basking shark was spotted off the coast of Zandvoort and then again spotted along the Belgian coast. Seeing these kinds…
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,…
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,…
Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!
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Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!

Great photo exhibitions now in the Netherlands. Photo fair UNSEEN, 18-21 September 2014 in Amsterdam  This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair…
Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits

The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem shows until 28 September 2014 a marvellous exhibition: Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits, focusing on the interesting dialogue between the portraiture style found in Golden Age paintings and the contemporary…
Afghan Girl
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Masters of Photography by National Geographic

Who does not know the picture of the Afghan girl with penetrating glance? It is world famous picture of Steve McCurry; also known as "the Mona Lisa of photography. Like this picture, there are numerous other photos that have been under the…
Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem
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Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem

With Libelle Beach Café the known Dutch women's weekly magazine Libelle wants to bring the atmosphere of the beach to the heart of the city of Haarlem. From Wednesday, September 17 the magazine Libelle brings a month-long the atmosphere…
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…
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…
Actor Comedian Robin Williams Dead (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Actor Comedian Robin Williams Dead

The police reported that the beloved actor was found dead, yesterday. Police said that Williams was found unconscious around noon in his home in Tiburon, California, near San Francisco. According to a press release issued by the Marin County…
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…
Spain is hot and trending (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Spain is hot and trending

"Spain" was in the last weeks of July Trending Topic on Twitter. That is not surprising, because the country welcomed the first half of this year a record number of 28 million tourists. The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism…
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…

'Men from their 39th no longer interesting for women'

Guys lose their sex appeal at the age of 39. Then they start becoming  sexually invisible to younger women. As they reach the age of 39 men are viewed as father figures rather than sex symbols. This is written in the Daily Express,…
Next Supermoon (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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…
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…

expatsHaarlem: the first 2 months in figures

Website reach: Unique visitors: 8.512 in May, 9.835 in June Visits: 11.465 in May; 12.350 in June Pages: 21.733 in May, 19.665 in June. Website community: 120 members Facebook group members: expatsHaarlem: 493 expatsHaarlem…
Learning A Language By Popping A Pill? (Photo: Huffington Post)
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Learning A Language By Popping A Pill?

I just saw a YouTube movie, previously published and commented on the Guardian, about a very interesting debate on this issue: Are drugs the answer to language learning? In the words of the Guardian: "Could smart drugs be the future…
MH17 Plane crash: astonishment, anger, fear, relief, condolences and hope (Photo: de Telegraaf)

MH17 Plane crash: astonishment, anger, fear, relief, condolences and hope

"A plane that took off from Schiphol has crashed in the Ukraine." I told my husband as I saw a pop up from Sky News on my IPad. "What?" he said, grabbing the remote control to put the television on. The true horror of what lay behind…