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Best Age to Travel with Kids

The smaller the better It doesn't seem so when you have a tiny baby and are overwhelmed with the big change in your life. But, having a toddler and having travelled with her a lot, we can assure you that the easiest…
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Danger poisonous caterpillars in the Netherlands

A plague of poisonous caterpillars explodes throughout the country. It is an annual summer problem in the Netherlands, but the number of complaints about the Oak Processionary moth caterpillars have soared this year, according to the…
British Festival in Zandvoort.
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British Festival Zandvoort aan Zee

Great Britain in the Netherlands for a weekend, that's the British Festival in Zandvoort. Take the well-known double-decker bus to the various locations, eat Fish 'n Chips with a sea view, marvel at the beautiful British cars, be amazed…
Koorbiënnale
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10th International Choral Biennale Haarlem and Amsterdam

Adventurous vocal festival at the highest level. From 28 June through 7 July 2019 During its 10-day run the Choral Biennale presents some of the best international vocal ensembles of today, at the same time exploring the boundaries of choral…
Houtfestival
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Houtfestival: open-air music and dance festival

One of Haarlem’s biggest outdoor fests offers an exotic blend of music. It takes place at the Stadspark de Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem. Houtfestival is a relaxed event where people of all ages and backgrounds come. You can listen to the…
Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
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Pentecost 2019 in Holland

Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar.  It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the…
Luilak
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Luilak 2019: all-night market for plant lovers

The famous Luilakmarkt (Luilak market) from June 7th, 2019 until June 8th, 2019 is a pot and plant market which starts at 16:00 in the afternoon and goes on throughout the night until around 11:00 in the morning, Luilakochtend (Luilak morning). Besides…
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Hot dogs: a guide to summer with your four-legged friend.

As a dog trainer who often works outside, I feel it’s essential that all my fellow dog lovers and owners are aware of certain dangers. Whilst the Summer months are indeed delightful, they are accompanied with seasonal…
Housing Event
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Review Haarlem & Haarlemmermeer Housing & Education Event 2019

The ‘Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer Housing and Education Event’ on Saturday may 18th was an excellent way to find out why Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer are great places to live and to learn all about finding a home and education in these areas.…
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DUTCH RAILWAY: FEW OR NO TRAINS ON TUESDAY

Dutch railway company NS warns travellers about next Tuesday’s public transport strike and serious bother for passengers.   Dutch railway company NS is recommending travellers avoid the train on Tuesday. They expect little…
connecting or NetworkingRachel Smets
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Connecting or Networking.

If you want to create a lifestyle doing what you really love, do you practice networking? If you are connecting with people, how is it helping you? As I was speaking for the Women Economic Forum in Portugal (WEF, Tomar) last week, I gained…
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“Expat Language”: What do YOU call yourself?

Expat, third culture kid, trailing spouse, international, what language do you use to describe yourself or your situation? Do you identify with any of these terms? Do you choose not to? Or perhaps you’ve struggled to find a term that describes…
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Best Speeltuin in Haarlem.

What kid can resist a good playground? Luckily, we can find in Haarlem safe and fun Speeltuins to let children play outside and enjoy the sun. After visiting with my son most of the Speeltuin in the city, I thought it could be useful for mums…
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Why you should travel SOLO.

Have you ever considered travelling solo? Do you think it’s lonely? If you have this or any other concern, then this might change your mind. People ask me ‘Why are you traveling solo? Aren’t you lonely? Scared? Is it safe?’ It…
Earth HourNagy Arnold
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Celebrate Earth Hour in Haarlem.

Recently I had a chance to observe the day of silence on Bali. Local people didn’t leave their houses, didn’t speak, switched off the TV and didn’t use mobile phones for the entire day. Later they started to play with fire, but I’d…
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What You Need To Know About Dental Care For Expats In Haarlem.

Roughly 25.7% of the Haarlem population are foreign expats. There's many important aspects to take care of when you move to a new country and dental care is no exception. Looking after your teeth is important and, fortunately,…
TAX
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Free Income Tax Return Workshops 16 March 2019

During 2 Workshops on Saturday, 16 March 2019, at 1,30 PM and 3, 00 PM, our business partner Melvin van Jaarsveld – van Loenen of NAHV Belastingadviseurs will present information about how to file your taxes in the Netherlands. There will…
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How to Learn Dutch for (almost) Free

When moving to the Netherlands, we didn’t know any Dutch. In less than 3 years, we reached the level enough to pass the Inburgering exam, understand the incoming post without referring to a dictionary and have basic conversations (which is…
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MANAGING A HEALTH CONDITION ABROAD.

It can be extremely stressful when we or someone we love becomes ill abroad. As well as the (very normal) physical and mental turmoil of illness, we often find ourselves dealing with additional challenges that are unique to international life. At…
MarchexpatsHaarlem
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Things to do in Haarlem this March.

EVENTS, EVENTS & MORE EVENTS! From a Kids Carnival to a Dutch Language Café, a free Tax Income Return Workshop, an Artificial Intelligence Lecture, a Comedy in English with award-winning comedians to the Monthly Drink. March, we do it…
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Brexit Newsletter for migrants.

Below is the transcript of the newsletter that is being sent out to British nationals living in The Netherlands. British nationals are strongly advised to create a DigiD account so you can have an electronic version of your tempory residence…
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How you can change your life for the better.

Are you waiting for great things to happen to you, or are you CREATING great things? I believe in creating your life and achieving your dreams, and not waiting for life to just happen to you. Instead of having excuses ''I'm too old, I'm…
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Making Your Home More Accessible in Haarlem.

At least 70,000 new homes will be built in the Netherlands in 2019 according to NVM, the Dutch estate agents association. It is not clear how many of these houses will be accessible. What is clear is that up to 45% of people with mobility limitations…
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Planning a Multilingual Family

Living away from the home country, I didn’t need to take a decision on whether my children are going to be raised multilingual, it is just meant to be so. At home, we speak Russian, Ukrainian with some friends, English with non-Russian/…
new expats
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Things all new expats need to know in The Netherlands.

I can gladly say I have been living in Haarlem for 5 years, I decided to reflect on my time here. I decided to compile a list of things I wished I knew before I moved here.  Of course, everyone’s experiences may be different, but I hope…