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Holland vs. The Netherlands – What Is the Country Called?

When I first arrived in The Netherlands I knew very little about the country. I didn’t know the language, I didn’t know the traditions and after a few months I discovered I didn’t even know the name. For a long time I thought this country was called Holland (and yes, I named this blog before I found out). Show More Summary

Why We Can’t Watch Buurman en Buurman With My Father

If you’ve ever watched Dutch children’s television you are probably familiar with Buurman en Buurman. It’s a stop animation show about two neighbors who (in each episode) try to build, fix or invent something. It almost, always goes horribly wrong. Show More Summary

Adventures In Bilingualism – English vs. Engels

Raising children in The Netherlands has been interesting. Mainly because it has allowed me to watch helplessly as our daughter’s ability to speak Dutch slowly catches up with mine, and then overtakes it at alarming speed. She was already correcting my Dutch at the age of three. Show More Summary

Happy New Year 2018

The old year has drawn to a close and a new one has begun. I always enjoy the run up to this time of year. There is something I enjoy about wrapping things up, looking back over the accomplishments of the previous year and planning the goals of the next. Show More Summary

Merry Christmas 2017

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. May you have a fun and festive holiday. I’ll see you in the New Year. The post Merry Christmas 2017 appeared first on Invading Holland.

The Dutch Drop Taste Test

The Dutch Drop Taste Test This cartoon first appeared in DUTCH:The Magazine The post The Dutch Drop Taste Test appeared first on Invading Holland.

Sinterklaas vs. Santa – Eight Humorous Differences

November and December can be a very confusing time of year for expats in The Netherlands, especially for those who have never heard the name Sinterklaas or seen a Zwarte Piet before. Who is Sinterklaas? If you were to ask a Dutch Person...Show More Summary

Dutch Things – Horror In Holland

Greetings dear readers and welcome to a spooky edition of Invading Holland. As the nights grow darker and All Hallows Eve creeps closer it becomes customary to share horrifying tales designed to scare and delight. Stories of ghosts and ghouls, goblins and daemons, of the unknown things that go bump in the night and the madness that they bring. Show More Summary

How to Exit a Dutch Conversation

How to Exit a Dutch Conversation This cartoon first appeared in DUTCH:The Magazine The post How to Exit a Dutch Conversation appeared first on Invading Holland.

The Morning Commute That Went Wrong

The start of my day involves a short drive to the train station. It’s an uneventful but pleasant drive from the village where I live through country roads to the nearby town and its train station. I even pass fields of sheep and cows. Show More Summary

The Dutch Ticket Inspector and the Accidental Bribe

Like most people, I sometimes forget things. It’s not intentional. It just happens. It might be an important bit of information that has to be remembered, an object that must not be forgotten or task that must be done. Either way it simply disappears into some rarely checked corner of the brain. Show More Summary

An Open Letter To Radio 10

Dear Radio 10, I need to ask your help with something… Something life altering important. I need you to help me solve a mystery. The other night I was driving home in my car (since that is what I usually drive home in and driving home in someone else’s car would be both odd and illegal) while listening to a radio station. Show More Summary

The Quest For Dutch Nationality

Technically I have been lying to you all for a very long time. Theoretically I have taken your trust and miss used it. I claim that I have been living in The Netherlands since 2001 but that is not true. To make matters worse it is a lie I didn’t even know I was telling. Show More Summary

Cycle Like The Dutch – Navigating Amsterdam

If Amsterdam was ever overrun by hostile forces, evil doers or ill wishers the inhabitants of the city would be able to rest easy in the knowledge that these invaders would not make much progress, quickly lose motivation, soon give up altogether and returned home in a very disgruntled mood. Show More Summary

100 Expat Tips For Being Happy In Holland

1) Hug a tall Dutch person. 2) Embrace the language mistakes. 3) Say the word gezellig as much as possible. 4) Go to gay pride parade even if you are not gay. 5) Visit the inside of a windmill. 6) Talk in a silly Dutch accent. 7) Put Hagelslag on chocolate spread. Show More Summary

Cycle Like The Dutch – Pockets and Awkward Objects

No one can deny that the Dutch are skilled cyclists. It is a part of their everyday life so it is understandable that they are very good at it. It’s probably because of this that the Dutch are capable of displaying some every day cycling skills that seem completely insane to the rest of us. Show More Summary

The Time I Was Almost Arrested By Dutch Police

It took me by surprise when the police car suddenly pulled up alongside me. Two Dutch police officers quickly exited the vehicle with the determination of movie cops on their way to stop some nearby crime in progress. Looking around I didn’t see any bank robberies or shoot outs going on. Show More Summary

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19 Strange Dutch Habits

If you’ve only just arrived in The Netherlands or been in the country for a while there are a lot of strange Dutch habits and traditions to discover. Here are just nineteen of the weird things the Dutch get up to. 1) Cycle everywhere...Show More Summary

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