10 Year Milestone

Ten years ago I stepped off a British Airways flight and began my life in Holland. At the time I did not realize that this was what it was. Back then I thought it was just the beginning of the next six months of my life in Holland but I have been here for over a third of my life now.

And I am so happy that Holland has become my home. At the beginning I was not always thrilled about it and for a while when the honeymoon period was initially over I down right hated it. But luckily I stuck with it and discovered so much to love about the country. It’s still hard being away from my family and friends at times but I visit them when ever I can. I’ve also made new friends here who mean a lot to me and most importantly of all I met my wife who I love dearly (I told my self I would not cry).

I look forward to continuing my life in Holland and would like to thank everyone who has supported me for these past ten years. Thank you. You know who you are.

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Over the next few days I’ll be looking back on a few of the old stories about my arrival in Holland (with a bit of a re-write).

23 responses to “10 Year Milestone”

  1. Heather says:

    I think a circle party is in order! :)

  2. Invader Stu says:

    Oh dear god please no :p

  3. Congratulations on your 10-year invasion of Holland. I’m sure that they think that all things have remained the same but secretly, they have to admit that your luxurious animated facial hair is a cause of wonder.

    Well done.

  4. Jules says:

    Agree with Heather: time for a circle party!

  5. Alison says:

    Impressive! Congrats, or should that be gefeliciteerd! I’m looking forward to the revisit to the early days.

  6. Breigh says:

    Happy anniversary! :)

  7. Riayn says:

    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary!

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  9. Hanny says:

    Wow 10 years, that is amazing! Congrats :D

  10. Dave2 says:

    I would have been permanently stuck on “Year Two” for the past ten years, so congratulations!

  11. VallyP says:

    We are glad you stayed too, Stu! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend. I’ll mail you the address….might help :)

  12. Bart says:

    Congrats! Your invasion lasts more than twice as long as the previous attempt (somewhere during the 1940’s I believe).
    The wife and I are coming to A’dam this weekend, so we’ll bring a bunch of tulips and a family pack of Heineken to your doorstep.

    PS: year 4: so wrong
    PPS: year 5: so very very wrong
    PPPS: Year 6: no no no no no

  13. French Bean says:

    The year 7 cartoon totally cracked me up!

    Honestly, congratulations on settling your life in a new country and making it your home. It takes guts, skills and an everlasting love of Speculoos to achieve that! I have a mere couple of years of doing so in France and I feel like I’m still stuck in the year 1 phase. :p

  14. Aledys Ver says:

    Gefeliciteerd!! I’m glad you stayed – big fan of your blog here! :D

  15. Anita says:

    Parabéns, gefeliciteerd. I think you have gone through all he phase of enchantment, cultural shocks, denial, anger, frustration, surrender and finally… acceptance.

  16. MissNeriss says:

    I agree with Heather, a circle party is definitely in order!

    Congrats, and thanks so much for your blog! I love reading it and it never ceases to brighten my day.

    (love year two!)

  17. Invader Stu says:

    Thank you everyone for all your messages and congratulations. I am very touched.

    Unexpected Traveller – You know how to compliment a guy

    Bart – It’s always good to know I am more successful then the Nazis’

    French Bean – I had that for a while here. It gets better after a while… and Speculoos really does help.

    Anita – I call it the seven stages of being an expat

    MissNeriss – No, no. Really don’t put yourself to any trouble. Put the chairs and the tea pot down :p

  18. dragonlady says:

    Wow I’ve had my own craft room for ten years.
    Sorry, we do miss you really.

  19. Wezz6400 says:

    Congratulations on 10 years in Holland, and knowing you, on staying alive for another 10 years as well. ;-) Glad to see you are still enjoying this beautiful country.

  20. Invader Stu says:

    Dragonlady – I knew you were going to say that :p

    Wezz6400 – Thank you. I am indeed.

  21. suus says:

    Wow, time flies when you’re reading blogs :) Kewl beans Stu

  22. Efrutik says:

    STU!!! BIGGEST CONGRATS!!!!! This is so awesome, I have also the same thing with America. Can’t believe I’ve been here this long. Congrats and thank you for sharing your journey with us, your readers. It’s a pleasure to read and a great excuse to have a peak at your life :)

    Hup, Hup, Hup, for Stu in Holland :)

  23. Amanda says:

    Congrats on a real milestone :)

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