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1.5 Nijntjes

While visiting the Centraal Museum the other week, I came across two more of the Nijntje/Miffy statues as interpreted by various artists. The first one, appropriately, now stands outside the Nijntje Museum, which is across the street from the Centraal … Continue reading ?

How I Survived My First 15 Years In The Netherlands

It’s hard to believe that this year marks two big anniversaries in my life as an expat here in the Netherlands. The first being the 10 year anniversary of this very blog (that took place in March) and the second being today; the 15 year...Show More Summary

Waad Academy

Waad Academy just opened its doors this past fall to welcome students. I recently had the chance to tour this impressive state of the art facility located in the Obhur area of the city. This new school offers a brand new concept in education here in Jeddah, focusing on turning out well-rounded individuals by feeding the mind, heart and body. Show More Summary

New Arrival

I am happy to announce the birth of Matthew who, like a confused tourist with an inaccurate guide book, missed the King’s Day celebrations and arrived a few days ago. My wife and I are both tired but very happy. Our daughter is already enjoying her role as a protective big sister and often tells […] The post New Arrival appeared first on Invading Holland.

Utrecht Festival Survival

Festival season is upon us, ranging from street festivals to massive music festivals. Even in the city center of Utrecht you’ll find an increasing number of festivals going from spring until autumn. Some of the newest are the Trek Food … Continue reading ?

Saudi Society Will Accept Women Driving

I just wrote a guest post about the women's driving issue for the site called SAUDI WOMEN DRIVING, which offers news and thoughts pertaining to the issue of - you guessed it - Saudi women driving. I was prompted to write this in response...Show More Summary


We visited the Centraal Museum last weekend to see all of the renovations finally complete. It’s still a stunning and highly creative museum. Even the shadows are works of art. This is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge, whose … Continue reading ?

My Utrecht Art Collection

It should come as no surprise that I have a fondness for old photos of Utrecht and contemporary art inspired by the city. Over the past few years, I’ve been creating my own little collection. I don’t have as much … Continue reading ...

In Search of Art

The Centraal Museum has undergone some renovations and expansions recently and they’ll be officially unveiling them this coming Friday and over the weekend, as part of the National Museum Weekend. To raise awareness about the museum and it’s collection of … Continue reading ?

The Great Speculoos Mystery: Part 5

…………………………. Case File #113e …………………………. Long time readers will know that the mystery of the anonymous speculoos gifts that occasionally appear on my desk at work is my greatest unsolved case. Despite my best efforts I have been unable to uncover the identity of the perpetrator. Show More Summary

My Favorite Photo from 2015

I was asked to choose my favorite photo from 2015 and write a blog post about it by a fantastic printing company called Social Print Studio. I am participating in this photo project they are sponsoring - and their favorite post will get a free print of their photo. Show More Summary

What Is Rokjesdag?

In the Netherlands there is only one true way to know when Spring has arrived. It is not the blooming of the first tulip or the birth of the first baby duckling. It is quite simply Rokjesdag. Rokjesdag (also known as skirt day) is the name given to the first day of the year when […] The post What Is Rokjesdag? appeared first on Invading Holland.

Pesticide Deaths in KSA: "It's Allah's Will..."

One day when we left our apartment shortly after to moving to Saudi Arabia, we were engulfed by a thick misty smoke-like fog. I suddenly couldn't breathe. I quickly covered my mouth and nose with my scarf. My husband was furious as he knew all too well what it was. Show More Summary

One Last Nijntje

On the Jaarbeurs side of the train station there was yet another Nijntje on parade last summer. She had a view of the recently completed new town hall building. This splatter version of Nijntje (called Nijntje!) was by Jurriaan van … Continue reading ?

Oma Nijn

I never finished posting some of the Nijntje statues that were dotted around the city last summer as part of the celebration of Nijntje’s (Miffy’s) 60th birthday. Seeing as today is Easter, I thought today might be a good day … Continue reading ?

Dutch Easter Egg Hunt

Dutch Easter Egg Hunt This cartoon first appeared in the March/April edition of DUTCH:The Magazine The post Dutch Easter Egg Hunt appeared first on Invading Holland.

Yanbu Flower Festival 2016

The 10th Annual Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival is in full swing and is scheduled to end next weekend, unless it is extended as it has been in years past. The entrance reminds me of Universal Studios or Epcot Center, with a big globe of flowers with "Flower Festival" written around it. Show More Summary

Things I’ve Learned from Ten Years of Blogging

Ten years ago today I made the very first post on Invading Holland. Wow! Ten years! Please forgive me if I freak out a little bit for a moment. I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this blog for ten years already. Even writing that sentence does not seem real. Show More Summary

Trijn van Leemput

In honor of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d do a quick post about Trijn van Leemput. She’s considered a heroine of the 80 Years War against Spain, particularly here in Utrecht. The story revolves around the Vredenburg fortress that … Continue reading ?

Invading Holland T-Shirts Available in Shops Now

Exciting news! You can now walk into a physical shop and buy a physical Invading Holland T-Shirt for your physical body. During the month of March I’ll be taking part in what has become known as Loppisstores, rent your own table. Loppis...Show More Summary

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