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:

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.

31 Mar

Being involved in the bloggies three years in a row has been brilliant. I get excited every year when I see Invading Holland has made it through to the final. It makes me very happy. I’m aware that admitting such a thing is very un-English of me but it is really hard to contain myself (even if it does risk perminate banishment from my home country).

It makes me feel very lucky to have such amazing and supportive readers who think I’m worthy enough of being a finalist in such a huge blog award. I’ve said it before but I mean it when I say this blog would not have become what it is today without you. I’ve been a winner of the Best European Blog Award once and now a runner up twice and each time it has been very exciting.

So thank you everyone who has supported Invading Holland over the years. Congratulations to the winner; Tallbloke’s Talkstop. And watch this space again next year when the 2015 Bloggies start.

15 Mar
Categories: The Blog
24 Oct

I have some very exciting news to share with you this week. I’ve been working on a new t-shirt design based on some of your suggestions and it is finally ready. Now you can show off the progression of your integration into (the often confusing) Dutch culture with the ‘Integration 75% Complete’ t-shirt (assuming that you are at 75% or there abouts).

Integration 75% Complete T-Shirt

There is a male (grey) and female v-neck (purple) version of this t-shirt which are both available through the webshop or by emailing They cost 19.50 each.

29 Sep

That’s right! I am back from my break and I am very excited to present the new Invading Holland redesign! It’s something I’ve been working on for quite a while and (although it took a lot longer than I expected) I am very pleased with the outcome.

The biggest part of the redesign is the webshop where you can now find all the Invading Holland T-Shirts (including a new one that will be available soon), badges and even the opportunity to get your very own Invading Holland style cartoon (something I’ve been doing behind the scenes for a little while now). The gallery has also been updated to show off more cartoons and the profile page has been rewritten.

Of course there is always the possibility that as you look around you might notice a few things not working as expected (I hope not but you never know) so if you spot any errors or have any other feedback I’d love to hear from you. There will be a few more minor updates coming later but all the big changes are done for now. I’m still looking for some more images to use in the webshop so if you have bought a t-shirt and would like to show off a bit just send me a photo of yourself wearing it. I’ll then include it in the next update.

Next week I will be returning to normal writing beginning with the story of my very Dutch summer holiday, a fight with a sun umbrella and how it led to my latest accident prone incident.

In the mean time; have a look around. I hope you like the new design.