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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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Free Income Tax Return Seminars April 2019

During the two Income Tax Return Seminars on April 13th, our business partner Vincent van Wijngerden of GVN Adviseurs/Expat Taxes will present information about how to file your taxes in the Netherlands, for private individuals and small companies.…
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Frans Hals Museum - Hal Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise.

The Frans Hals Museum is a museum with two locations, Hof and Hal. While the collection at Hof focuses on the Golden Age, Hal displays mostly contemporary art. Both locations draw inspiration from Hals and take a fresh look at his works. ©…
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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,…
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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…
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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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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/…
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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…
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Passing your Inburgering

Inburgering (integration) diploma is needed for some nationals to have the right to live and work in the Netherlands, to obtain a permanent residence permit, to apply for a Dutch passport. There are exceptions and exemptions, in order…
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Maintaining friendships as an expat.

To give full meaning to our life, we all need to connect with other people. Certain relationships accompany us through life; others enter and exit as each chapter opens and closes. No matter the type of friendship and who it involves…
Haarlem Talks
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Haarlem Talks with Mihaela.

This is the very first month of the year 2019! Welcome everyone to this new, exciting year, and I am happily introducing Mihaela, an amazing cook (I was lucky enough to try her food), who followed not only her heart but her ambition to push…
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Quick reads for a short plane trip.

If you have read any of my previous articles, I am sure you will not be surprised to know that I am not a native English speaker. If you had the misfortune of listening to me speaking in Dutch, you could easily tell that I am neither Dutch-born.…
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What to Know About Moving Your Dog to the Netherlands

If you've spent any time in the Netherlands then you might not be surprised to learn that Amsterdam, including the surrounding northwestern cities such as Haarlem, has been ranked in the top five most dog-friendly European cities. This…
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WHAT WILL YOU STOP DOING IN 2019? TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH

It’s that time when many of us are thinking or talking about our New Year’s resolutions… how we will make up for our ‘mistakes’ or ‘flaws’ in the previous year. But there’s a risk, especially when we put too much pressure…
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Response to Dutch Government’s announcement regarding Britons in the Netherlands in the event of no-deal

Response to Dutch Government’s announcement regarding UK nationals in the Netherlands in the event of no-deal Brexit. The New Europeans Benelux Steering Group welcomes the announcement by the Dutch government that UK nationals…
EUGreenCardRoger Casale
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An #EUGreenCard can help Britons in Europe and EU27citizens in the UK post Brexit – deal or no deal!

If Britain crashes out of the EU on 29 March then two years work on the withdrawal agreement will have come to nothing. EU27citizens in the UK and the5Million Britons in Europe could face an even more uncertain future than today. Roger…
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Find Artistic Inspiration Following Your Relocation To Haarlem

Picture this: A stately windmill stands guard over a placid river, a charming town square fills with a lively festivity, and sand dunes wind for kilometres ending with an ocean view. What more could be necessary for artistic inspiration? Located…
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Why You Should Raise Your Kids In Haarlem

The Netherlands is one of Europe's most kid-friendly countries, according to Lonely Planet. Haarlem, which is a rich destination for history, culture, and shopping - it's also exciting and comfortable to explore or live in. With almost all…
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14 Ways to Survive the Holidays when you’re Living Abroad

December begins and that means the holiday season arrives. If you’re living abroad, spending Christmas away from your family and friends can be a difficult time. For some people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and for…
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17+ Important Things you need to know when travelling alone.

Wherever you are in the world, some questions always come back: How to meet people? What can I do when I’m alone? What kind of food is common? How can you adjust easily? How can I relax when I’m stressed? The answers are in this post, just…
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Haarlem's Among Best Travel Destinations for Women

A picturesque city known for being a market town, Haarlem, Netherlands bustles like a Brueghel masterpiece complete with fresh produce, lots of flowers, cheese, and busy shoppers but the beauty of Grote Markt, the city's centrepiece, is not…
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How I Became My Home

This year marks a decade of me being an expat and I see now that I’ve felt between homes for all this time. Only recently did I realise that this feeling of belonging everywhere and nowhere has created a subtle but constant pressure in my…
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Leaving your pet behind.

Expats often have to leave pets behind and are then taken by surprise by the depth of their grief or guilt. Though some expats do relocate with their animals, for many it’s just not possible. Excessive transportation costs, lengthy quarantine…
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Things to do in Haarlem this October

Wow! It's October already?! One of my personal favourite times of the year, with all the glorious golds, browns and red colours, here are things to do in Haarlem that make this windy and wet month a little cosier. Starting From Friday…
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Money money money abroad.

Moving Abroad is exciting and a glamorous dream of many people. However, not everyone is aware of the costs involved. What a wonderful feeling it is when you first arrive in a different country. It’s a new beginning of an exciting journey.…
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Haarlem Talks with Brittany from South Africa.

Summer is gone but autumn is here! Every season has good sides to them and enjoyable moments. This month we would like to introduce Brittany to you who moved here from South Africa, works at Facebook and adores Haarlem.  She enjoys going to…
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Top Apps For Expats Living In The Netherlands

The Netherlands is considered one of the most wired countries in the world, with 60% of Forbes 2000 companies boasting IT operations in Holland. Netherlands is also known as a 'start-up capital', owing in no small part to the keen love for…
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Decoding your Dutch Payslip.

It's finally payday! You have been working hard all month and your long-awaited payslip has been delivered! But what is this? What does this mean? We decode all those numbers and long Dutch words for you. According to Dutch Review, the…
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Expat Innovations: Using Smart Technology to Make Your Home More Accessible

So, you have scored housing abroad. Congrats on passing one of the most difficult steps that most expats encounter. Now, you will likely want to ensure that all of your friends and family can visit your new home. You might be stunned to learn…