Amsterdam

How To Spot Tourists in Amsterdam

Every year thousands of tourists descend upon Amsterdam to explore the city and take in its many sights. They are usually easy to spot but it is not always their maps and suitcases that give them away. Sometimes there are more subtle signs that can be used to tell the tourists in Amsterdam apart from the locals. 11 ways to spot tourists in Amsterdam: 1) Tourists will be the only ones wearing any item of […]

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Little Stuart’s Amsterdam Adventure

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

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Free Samples

As I walk through a particularly busy part of Amsterdam on my lunch break I notice two girls across the street. I’d seen them there several times before, every day in fact. They were always standing outside the shop where they work, both wearing aprons and holding a plate of free samples which they would offer to passers-by. At this particular moment on this particular day they had attracted the curiosity of a short middle […]

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Tales From the Red Light District – The Banana Bar

Red Light District Banana Bar

I was very excited about having my first visitor in Holland. Since I had only been in the country for a short while myself I had not had much time do a lot of the more touristy things yet. Showing someone else around seemed like a great opportunity to do so. It was also great because the visitor was Neil, my best friend from College who was also very excited about visiting Holland. Museums, art galleries, […]

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The Lost Bike

“On the bright side, at least this means I am finally fully integrated.” I said cheerfully. My wife did not seem to share my enthusiasm. We were standing in front of an empty bike rack. However, it was not supposed to be empty. It was supposed to contain a bike. My bike. But it did not. We were house sitting for friends in Amsterdam while they were on holiday and it was the bike rack […]

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