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Translating My Dutch Father-In-Law #1

My Dutch Father-In-Law is extremely enthusiastic about speaking English. He’ll dive into an English sentence with the kind of fearless confidence I wish I had when speaking Dutch. It’s the kind of fearlessness where sentence structure, past/presence tense and pronunciation do not matter. Show More Summary

Top 100 International Exchange and Expat Blogs

This is just a quick update to let you know that Invading Holland has been nominated for the Top 100 International Exchange and Expat Blogs of 2016 (or IX16 for short). If you would like to vote for Invading Holland or one of the other great blogs on the list it’s very easy. Show More Summary

Elfstedentocht

Knowing my luck it will now freeze enough for there to actually be an Elfstedentocht this year since I’ve drawn this cartoon (which, by the way, first appeared in the January/February edition of DUTCH:The Magazine). The post Elfstedentocht appeared first on Invading Holland.

My New Year’s Expat Resolutions

We’re already three weeks into the New Year which means we are passed the point where you can comfortably still wish people ‘Happy New Year’ without them giving you a strange look in return. It’s also far enough into the New Year that...Show More Summary

Frozen in Friesland

This week I found myself suddenly trapped in Friesland as snow and ice descended upon the province, transforming it in to Freezeland. Our first warning of the approaching winter weather had actually happened on the Sunday, a full day...Show More Summary

#WECANDOIT

Metaphorically speaking, if any group of people in the world epitomizes the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick," which was popularized by Teddy Roosevelt, it is the women of the GCC countries.If you have any doubt...Show More Summary

A Taste of New Orleans in Utrecht

This morning, before lethargy and two jobs could distract me, Charlie and I headed out to the market at Vredenburg in search of some okra. I knew that there used to be a vegetable stall there that always had okra, … Continue reading...

Current Art Exhibitions Now in Jeddah

Now through February 9th, there are a couple of art events that are open to the public going on for those of you in Jeddah. I hope that you are able to attend these two exhibitions, which are open each evening from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Both venues are fairly close to each other off of Tahlia Street, so it is possible to go to both events in one evening. Show More Summary

Gender Segregation is Insulting!

Few things about life here in Saudi Arabia get me all riled up like the extreme gender segregation does. It is one of the things that I dislike the most and one of the things that I feel does WAY more harm than good.In my opinion, gender segregation is largely responsible for many of this country's social problems. Show More Summary

Huize Molenaar Viewbox

I regularly see things related to Utrecht on Twitter or Facebook that interest me. As a reminder, I open up a separate tab in my browser and hope to get around to following up on it in the not too … Continue reading ?

Kloek Caturday

I couldn’t resist a quick snap of the Kloek restaurant cat’s reaction to seeing Charlie walk past. Tagged: caturday, kloek kat, photography, utrecht cats

Daydreaming

This was a beautiful day. Today is not that day. I’m feeling permanently damp from the dog outings of the past few days, where it doesn’t fully rain, but 20 minutes is enough to leave you feeling pretty saturated. Tagged: … Continue reading ?

A Big Yellow Building and the Moon

Any wander around town when friends are visiting deserves a brief stop at the Willem Arntsz Huis. Between the amazing building and the big yellow birdies, it’s definitely worth a short stop. So while my friend was visiting last weekend … Continue reading ?

Charlie and the Black Cat

Charlie is a smart dog. Too smart sometimes. He can open doors with ease, give you a high five, jump through hoops, and much more. But he does have his less than brilliant moments. Such as today. We were walking … Continue reading ?

"The Spirit of Jeddah" 2016

I am happy to share with you this video produced by the US Consulate General of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The under five minute video features clips from the city's recently held historical festival "Kunna Kida," which translates to "We were like this" in Arabic and captures the flavor of the festival. Show More Summary

First Caturday of 2016

My friend who visited last week is a fellow cat lover, so as we were wandering around town, we invariably caught sight of quite a few cats, indoors and out. She spotted this one, who was high up on a … Continue reading ?

The Domtoren and the Pope

I love this little intersection of historic spots and lovely architecture, especially as dusk makes its way in and the setting sun turns the Domtoren a glorious rose gold. Now the spot also has the addition of the statue of … Continue reading ?

Camera Obscura

A friend of mine came for a visit yesterday, but before meeting up with her, I took Charlie out for a walk to try to make up for the fact that I was going to be gone all day. We’d … Continue reading ?

Scenes from 2016 Jeddah Historical Festival

The 3rd annual KUNNA KIDA, Arabic for "We were like this," just concluded its ten day run in Jeddah's oldest district, the historic area called Al Balad, which in 2014 was named a UNESECO World Heritage site. I had a fabulous time the evening I went with a group of about ten friends and two guides. Show More Summary

New Yorker Magazine Article: "Sisters-in-Law "

The following is an article which appears in the latest issue (Jan. 11, 2016) of New Yorker Magazine, written by Katherine Zoepf. "Sisters in Law" Saudi women are beginning to know their rights. The guardianship system gives a woman a legal status resembling that of a minor. Show More Summary

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