Happy Place

Happy Place

*All he’s been doing for the last half hour is nodding and smiling.

21 responses to “Happy Place”

  1. Aledys Ver says:

    I thought I’d seen you there on that beach a time or two, Stuart! haha

  2. At least your happy place is innocent enough to require nothing more than nodding and smiling. Could be worse and embarrassing!

    PS: Like the pic! :-)

  3. Invader Stu says:

    Aledys Ver – I go to a lot of circle parties so I spend a lot of time there.

    Unexpected Traveller – You should have seen the first versions of the happy place cartoon. I’m not kidding. In one of them I was dressed as Han Solo.

    PS: Thanks :p

  4. Alison says:

    I know these trips to happy places quite well. I get to visit with both Dutch and Italian conversations. Good times, good times!

  5. Invader Stu says:

    Alison – Good times indeed. I must admit that I sometimes use them with English conversations but for slightly different reasons :p

  6. Dave2 says:

    Wait a second… are you NAKED in your happy place?!?

  7. Invader Stu says:

    Dave2 – What happens in the happy place stays in the happy place!

  8. I can recognize the “happy place” look any day. It happens to me when I have entered into the third hour of those endless French dinners and have had my senses numbed from all the food and wine consumed.

  9. Anita says:

    I have had a couple of happy places, I have also visited the Moon and the stars, Saturn and all its rings, rewinded to moments of my childhood and tried to figure out when/how/why all this stuff about living in Holland has begun.

  10. M. Verhoef says:

    Het zogenaamde binnenpretje (^_^)

  11. Paolo says:

    So true!! Great blog, will come back more often!

  12. Invader Stu says:

    Barb the French Bean – French dinners sound epic :o

    Anita – You must go to a lot of circle parties too

    M. Verhoef – Het zogenaamde binnenpretje=The so-called chuckle? I cheated and used google translate :p

    Paolo – Thank you

  13. Sabrina says:

    Hahaha :) Nodding and smiling is my absolute forte when we visit my boyfriend’s Italian family!

  14. Martin says:

    Well… dear invader that is a way to learn Dutch too.

    By the way, I like your site and it is nice to know what foreign people think about the Netherlands and these crazy people over there.
    It is very amusing to read, also for the Dutch like me.
    Besides that, some things you are used to do and find common, seems not so common in the eyes of foreigners and makes you think why you are doing it like that.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy your stay in the Netherlands (^_^)

  15. Invader Stu says:

    Sabrina – It’s good to know it can be used in all situations, not just Dutch ones :)

    Martin – Thank you very much :) I experiences the reverse of what you just described myself this Christmas. The English tradition of Christmas crackers that is so normal to me was seen as such a strange and mad thing by my family in law. Hehe.

  16. Martin says:

    Dear Stu,

    Sometimes it is good to see the things from a distance to see what weird things the people in your country are doing.
    It also refreshes your thoughts about certain habits and traditions and you wonder how this tradition has grown on you.
    I have the same with the circle birthday parties, I am used to it but if you see it through the eyes of a foreigner, it might look strange and even I wonder why it is like it is.
    By the way, at birthday parties it is normal they also serve alcoholic drinks like beer, cognac, jenever, liqueurs or other drinks.
    Also it is not celebrated always like this but in most families it is normal.

    How do you celebrate birthdays in England?

    I also read somewhere you find the table in the toilet strange but it has the function to check your droppings if they look healthy by colour and no have blood inside.
    The newer toilets all have this table but older ones don’t have it.

    Yes, the Christmas cracker tradition looks strange to us too but we have the heavy firework tradition (or carbid canons) on old years day where they throw dynamite at you and then I prefer your cracker tradition (^_^)

  17. suus says:

    I use birthday circles to expand my happy place with more features, storylines etc :)

  18. Martin says:

    In fact we use the circle tradition also for Sinterklaas, Christmas and other party like events.
    Maybe we should try different shapes like square shape or row shape (like if you are sitting in a train).
    However,I think the main thing is that you find people you like and can talk with them about anything you are interested in.
    People make it gezellig and if you have the right people it will become gezellig no matter where you are and how you are sitting or standing.
    Sometimes alcoholic drinks will help a bit but also can work the other way around.
    I have seen it at company parties, if you sit or standing, when there are no chairs to sit on, with the right people at a table it can become gezellig but with other people it will be utterly boring and you can’t to get home soon.
    Then there also is the kliekjesvorming, some people who know each other get together and stay together all the party and you as a stranger stay outside het kliekje and are not accepted as part of het kliekje.

  19. lily says:

    We’ve all been there, and the multiple beers only makes getting to ‘the happy place’ easier :)

  20. Windmilltales says:

    I found myself doing this in meetings too! My boss asked me once if I had followed a meeting, I had to be honest and say the first 40 mins were fine but after that I switched off

  21. Invader Stu says:

    Martin – Most birthday celebrations in England end with the police being called… I’m over exaggerating of course… slightly.

    Lily – That is so true. Sometimes it makes it so you can’t get out of it.

    Windmilltales – I’ve done that too :)

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