26 Jul

A lot of people requested that the ‘Greeting’s from Holland’ postcard I made in my last post be made into a real post card. Well now with your own printer and some card paper you can make your very own Invading Holland post card to send to your loved ones (or enemies, they need some love sometimes too). Just download the two links below the preview image and follow the instructions included.

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16 Jul

Summer Rain in Holland

To say that Holland’s summer has been slightly unconventional this year would be putting it mildly. In fact, saying that Holland has experienced ‘a bit of rain’ would be like saying Australia sometimes gets a bit sunny and sunscreen is advised or Canada gets a bit chilly and occasionally experiences snow fall. Neither of these statements do the reality justice. What would be more realistic would be to say Holland has had enough rain fall this last week to fill every canal in the country twice over (with more rain forecasted on the way).

There have been a lot of disappointed looking tourists arriving all over the country the last few days because they forgot to pack their umbrella and a snorkel. I’ve had a strong desire to run up to each and every one of them screaming, “It’s not usually like this. I promise.” But I don’t do this for two very good reasons. (1) It wouldn’t work. They wouldn’t believe me and (2) they would think I was a crazy person for randomly shouting out a weather forecast at them in the middle of the street.

If the weather continues this way the Dutch tourist board is going to have to give some serious thought to rebranding.

Come and enjoy the many sights and attractions Holland has to offer:

  • Why not take a canal trip on one of Holland’s many flooded canals.
  • Experience historic Holland as it was thousands of years ago; below sea level.
  • Re-enact scenes from the ‘Singing in the rain’ with your friends.
  • Enjoy a brisk swimming in Dam square.
  • Stag party? Don’t miss the Amsterdam Red Light District wet t-shirt competition.
  • For hay fever suffers; enjoy an extremely low pollen count.
  • And finally… Why not remember your visit with a collection of souvenir umbrellas for you and the entire family.
  • Summer Rain Postcard
    6 Jul

    Today our young guest writer Alex de Leeuw returns to tell us all about his visit to Floriade with myself and my parents (during their visit last week). Since Alex is Dutch and only young his post has been translated into English by my wife.


    Vandaag zijn wij naar de Floriade gegaan. Het is een tuin-expositie. Dat betekent dat er veel planten en dat soort dingen zijn.

    Today we went to Floriade. It’s a horticultural exposition. That means there are lots of plants and stuff…

    Er waren overal bloemen…

    There were flowers everywhere…

    …en het weer was heel heel lekker.
    “Mmmmm. Zon.”

    … and the weather was really really nice.
    “Mmmmm. Sun.”

    Het eten was een beetje raar.
    “Ik vind groen eten niet lekker.”

    The food was a little bit odd though…
    “I don’t like green food.”

    Maar later vonden wij gelukkig normaal eten.
    “Dat is beter.”

    But later we found somewhere to get normal food…
    “That’s better.”

    …en ? waar naartoe?
    “Hierheen denk ik.”

    … and decided where to go next.
    “I think we should go here.”

    Wij zijn naar India gegaan…

    We went to India…

    …en China, maar niet echt natuurlijk. Het was allemaal een stukje van de expositie.

    …and China but not the real ones of course. It was all part of the exposition.

    Er was heel veel te doen. Ik geef de vissen te eten.
    “Dag Meneer Vis.”

    There were lots of things to do. I feed some fish…
    “Hello Mr Fish.”

    …en ik vond een klein strand om te spelen.

    … and even found a small beach to play on.

    “Ja. Inderdaad.”

    “Yes. It is.”