Mon
26 Jan

Allow me to introduce Little Stuart, Invading Holland’s latest guest blogger (I could not name him Stuart Little for legal reasons).

Little Stu Amsterdam
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As you can see he has a striking resemblance to yours truly. That is because he was made by my Mum as a Christmas present (not as voodoo doll). He is based upon my Dutch Stuart cartoon and includes a tulip shirt, red trousers with braces and even a pair of clogs. My two year old daughter has taken an instant liking to him, especially the hair.

The other day I took Little Stuart to Amsterdam and let him lose on the city with a camera while I went to work. So without farther ado, here is Little Stuarts’s Amsterdam Adventure.

Little Stu Amsterdam Canal
“Today I got to explore Amsterdam. It sure seems to have a lot of canals. I wonder if the rest of Holland is like this.”
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Little Stu Amsterdam Flower Market
“Strolling through the flower market. They sell… flowers… like the name suggests.”
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Little Stu Amsterdam Museum
“Checking out the local art.”
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Little Stu Amsterdam Clog
“I wonder if they have a pair in my size.”
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Little Stu Amsterdam Palace
“After many hours of standing outside the palace I did not get to see the Dutch King and Queen but I still had a lovely day in Amsterdam.”
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In other news; the real Stuart (me) was interviewed last week over on AngloInfo. I talked about my accidental arrival in The Netherlands, learning the names of the Care Bears in Dutch and the best advice that I ever got about living in Amsterdam. You can read the full interview here: Expat of the Week: Stuart from The Netherlands

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Wed
14 Jan

Breaking The Law In Holland

I have broken the law. I am a criminal. I might even be a master criminal. It is hard to tell at this moment since my criminal career has only just begun. However, there is no doubt that my downward spiral into a life of crime has begun.

I did not mean to break the law. My crime had not been planned. It happened by accident. However, there is no turning back now. I am forever tainted. I can no longer claim to be the innocent civilian that I once thought I was.

I will have to live with the crime I have committed for the rest of my life. Every day that I look in the mirror I will now see the face of a criminal staring back at me. I can never undo what I have done. My only hope is that those of you reading this will learn from my terrible crime…

I drove seven kph over the speed limit through a village in Friesland.

At the time I did not realize that I was driving seven kph over the speed limit or that my crime had been witnessed by a traffic camera for that matter. Never the less, from the moment it happened I was a lawbreaker on the run, a wanted man, a criminal at large… at least I was technically, until I paid the fine a few weeks later and my debt to society was fully repaid.

My family-in-law on the other hand are never going to let me forget. They are having too much fun making jokes about having a criminal in the family.

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Mon
5 Jan

Bloggies 2015

Dear people of Holland…

… and all expats, tourists, visitors and people from other countries that are not technically Holland. It is time once again for me to call upon your support. The 2015 annual weblog awards have begun. You might recall that in previous years Invading Holland has been lucky enough to be nominated in (and even once win) the Best European Blog category. This is something I would like to attempt once more with your help. In return you will receive my eternal thanks and gratitude which comes with an official certificate and lifetime guarantee. If this sounds like something you would like to have here is how you can help:

Step 1: Click Link
Click on this link which will take you directly to the Best European Blog category of the 2015 Bloggies: http://2015.bloggi.es/#european

Step 2: Nomination Selection
You’ll need to nominate at least three unique blogs (in any category you like) by entering their name and web address. If you would like to include Invading Holland as one of your nominations please do so in the Best European Blog category.

Step 3: Email Confirmation
Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter your email address and submit your nomination. Then check your email for a confirmation (you might need to check your spam folder). You’ll need to click a link in the email for your nomination to count.

Step 4: Share
Share this information with friends, family, colleagues, pets, strangers on the street and everyone else in-between.

Thank you!

The nomination round closes on February 1st. The finals start on March 1st. For more information about the rules and procedure can be found here.

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Wed
31 Dec
Happy New Year 2015

As 2014 comes to a close I would like to thank you all once again for another fantastic year, for all your support and for making this blog so much fun to write. I hope you have had a great 2014 as well and an even better 2015.

Since it is that time of year lets take a look back at some of the blogging highlights from the last twelve months:
Growing Up In Holland
What Am I?
The Fake Sun Tan
The Three Kiss Rule
The Horrors of Dutch Drop
Confessions Of A Non Football Supporter

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Tue
23 Dec
Happy Christmas 2014
Happy Christmas from Invading Holland. See you in the New Year.
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