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- Why I Love Sinterklaas 1 week ago When I first arrived in The Netherlands I had no idea who Sinterklaas was. I didn’t even know he existed. My first November/December in the country was deeply confusing for that reason. During the years that followed I learned a little bit more about the tradition but I largely ignored it. I...
- Secret Messages At Amsterdam Centraal 2 months ago Have you ever noticed how places such as train stations and airports sometimes hide secret messages within public announcements? They usually include a slightly unusual name which is in fact a code intended to communicate to the staff that there is a problem somewhere. For example, an innocent...
- Five Ways To Fake Speaking Dutch 3 months ago After many years of living in The Netherlands I have mastered the ability to fake speaking the Dutch language. It is something that came in handy when I first arrived in the country and is still useful to this very day (more so than it probably should be at this point). I probably should have used...
- Invading Holland Redesign 3 months ago Surprise! I’m back and things look a little different now. If all has gone well you are now reading this on the all new Invading Holland redesign. If everything has gone badly you are now staring at a 404 error while weep and beg my computer to bring everything back. Hopefully everything has gone...
- My Thoughts On The Brexit 6 months ago Well… f**k! A few people have asked me my thoughts on the Brexit and that about sums it up. F**k! The Brexit is a much more serious subject than I would ever normally write about so this is going to be a step out of my comfort zone. I’m usually the guy that writes the (hopefully) funny stories...
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Website Reviews » There are 63 reviews on Invading Holland
21:59 PM October 24, 2012
A brilliantly amusing blog which makes me chortle out loud. Story telling at its best in the blogosphere.
14:53 PM October 26, 2012
We're fond of him !!
22:21 PM October 26, 2012
The best and most amusing blog in Europe. It's always a delight to read and I just love Stu's self deprecating insights about what it is to be English in Holland.
22:42 PM October 26, 2012
I can't read enough posts of Stu! Brilliant! And I'm not a foreigner but as Dutch as can be. After reading all his posts several times, I started reading them to my boyfriend. We both think dat Stu should writes books! We can imagine all the situations he gets involved in and we find every single post as funny as can be. Actually, we are very proud to have Stu as our (un?)official King (inside joke for Stu-followers) and since we've read his posts, we are determined to avoid anything that seems like a circle party when we celebrate our birthdays. Stu, thank you for letting us inti your life and daily issues!
23:38 PM October 27, 2012
I can really relate to Stu's quirky but oh so spot on observations on life as an expat. Fabulous!
01:24 AM October 28, 2012
Hilarious. This guy is spot on. Reminds me of the time I was a expat myself
07:32 AM October 28, 2012
Stu makes me laugh out loud, and I am a miserable git. Thanks Stu.
12:50 PM October 28, 2012
As soon as I'm done reading an entry, I look forward to the next one. It's a great read for us expats, and very funny too.
16:27 PM October 29, 2012
This blog is one of my absolute favorites (possibly my favorite) on the Interwebz. Invader Stu has an incredible and hilarious writing style that captivates his audience with his life about living in the Netherlands while making them burst their guts open with laughter!
17:31 PM November 01, 2012
Being very Dutch it's hilarious to read about our traditions and strange habits (Dutch circle party here we go!). Read this blog when you are Dutch or foreign, it's soooo funny!
21:56 PM November 01, 2012
For the Dutch people everything is normal, but when you read the blog (from an English point of view), you realise that it is not that normal. After reading the blog you will understand what I mean. So start reading!!!!!!
14:03 PM November 05, 2012
A super witty blog, always have a right laugh reading the posts
21:29 PM November 05, 2012
Every country has it oddnesses but the Dutch really seem to have a lot of them! I have been following this blog for two years now and still new topics are being published frequently. Cool!
08:41 AM November 06, 2012
Very cool blog.
08:46 AM November 06, 2012
Stu has a great ability to make fun of the little oddities that anyone living in the Netherlands has experienced.
08:51 AM November 06, 2012
As an expat in The Netherlands I understand Stu feelings and shocks with the country (circle parties) Every day has a fun, witty article, that lights your spirit and make you realize, you are not alone in this country, more think like you and have suffered the shock with you. Love it, puts a smile on my day. Thanks Invader Stu!!
08:57 AM November 06, 2012
Invading Holland and especially Stu is Excellent witty charming and so interesting on his personal insights into the seddy underbelly of the expat world, We just love him to bits! Read his blogs Every day and twice on Sundays! My whole family thinks he is just the bee's knees and the cat's pajamas So thanks for sharing all the wonder that is Invading Holland Stu as always a Pleasure
08:57 AM November 06, 2012
I just don't know how to describe it, but I really like the way Stuart tells about us Dutchies. I mean, have you ever heard of a circle party or attended one? I grew up with them, so they were pretty normal to me. Turns out that they are totally weird to all non-Dutchies. He makes me laugh at our own customs, and that's what I like.
08:57 AM November 06, 2012
Invading Holland and especially Stu is Excellent witty charming and so interesting on his personal insights into the seddy underbelly of the expat world, We just love him to bits! Read his blogs Every day and twice on Sundays! My whole family thinks he is just the bee\'s knees and the cat\'s pajamas So thanks for sharing all the wonder that is Invading Holland Stu as always a Pleasure
08:58 AM November 06, 2012
A wonderful take on life in the Netherlands through an Englishman's eyes. I love his self-deprecating humour, fantastic illustrations, and accident-prone ways.
09:05 AM November 06, 2012
I discovered Stu upon my arrival to the Netherlands and he has since put a smile on my face every time I read his blog. He's got the sense of humor that only an English man can portray and the insightfulness and wit of his writing fits my very own thoughts like a glove , a very comfortable warm and fuzzy glove. I love Stu and wish I would have him in my friends entourage , but for now I' ll settle with reading his thoughts about life in this beautiful country. :)
09:38 AM November 06, 2012
Awesome blog, one of my personal favorites! Fun, witty and completely accurate! Love it!
09:46 AM November 06, 2012
The funniest and best written blog I could find about life in Holland. Stu is amazingly creative and has a great talent on decoding the dutch culture.
09:54 AM November 06, 2012
Few bloggers can match Stu's wit and insight as he describes his encounters with the everyday idiosyncrasies of Dutch culture. Often recognizable, frequently hilarious and always entertaining, Invading Holland is by far my favorite entry in the Expat Blog Awards. Go Stu!
09:58 AM November 06, 2012
This blog is hilarious and Stu is brilliant. Hail King Stu!
10:17 AM November 06, 2012
Much of the expat blogosphere here in Europe is filled with relentless naval-gazing, uber-serious self indulgence and humorless posts about "finding yourself." Stu's Invading Holland is none of these things, thank dog. It's funny, poignant and it has nifty cartoons. Nifty cartoons!
10:31 AM November 06, 2012
I follow many blogs, but there are only a very slim few that I actually come back to again and again! Stu's blog about the random encounters and experiences he runs into in the land of cheese and windmills are so incredibly funny, and hit the spot with precision, as to what it is like to be an outsider in Holland. Invading Holland gets my vote!
11:50 AM November 06, 2012
I tried to find blogs to prepare me for the experience of moving to the Netherlands. Stu's is my favorite by far.
12:34 PM November 06, 2012
I keep reading this blog for half a year now. Always looking forward to new posts,they just make my day!
09:27 AM November 07, 2012
Have been reading this blog for some years now and it doesn't fail to keep me surprised with new fresh entries. As entertaining as ever.
10:24 AM November 07, 2012
Sorry that the debt you incur from my leaving a comment doesn't include Rentokil services. You owe me one, but you've already paid in advance by the pleasure I've had from reading your blog. Witty and accurate, so many experiences I recognise.
22:20 PM November 08, 2012
Stu is the voice of all expats in the Netherlands... and he says it in a much more humorous way than the rest of us ever could. I love his deep look at the eccentricities of life here in Holland
11:09 AM November 22, 2012
I've been reading Stu's blog since before I moved to The Netherlands. My (Dutch) girlfriend had heard of it and pointed it out to me whilst I was still in the UK. After reading one or two posts, I was hooked and did a complete catch-up from post number 1! I always loo forward to a new post.
15:04 PM November 22, 2012
A very entertaining blog! Written with a lot of humour, and still going strong after several years.
15:13 PM November 22, 2012
Stu is unfailing witty and insightful. Fabulous blog. :)
15:56 PM November 22, 2012
Best expat blog I know :)
18:30 PM November 22, 2012
Reading Stuarts blog make me love being so Dutch :-) Every blog is hilarious and make me laugh. If you've never read is, let's get started!
10:34 AM November 27, 2012
This one. Yes, this one. It is good. That is all.
10:37 AM November 27, 2012
Great blog! So true and recognizable.
08:03 AM November 28, 2012
Wow, reading this blog for almost 5 years now. Being able to entertain me for that long is a challenge. Invading Holland has succeeded. He comes with new original stories every time. And gives us Dutchies a glimp of how it is to be living in the Netherlands. And he does that in the most funniest way possible. Way the go Stu! Love the cartoons!
14:00 PM November 28, 2012
He's so incredibly funny.
17:04 PM November 28, 2012
Invader Stu always makes me laugh. If I am having a bad day I just have to read his latest post and depending on the subject he either cheers me up or makes me think my life is not that bad compared to some of the things that happen to him. Well done Stuart,please please never stop writting.
19:16 PM November 28, 2012
Fantastic blog! Even my Dutch boyfriend reads it from time to time. Hoping to move from the US to be with him soon. I really enjoy all of your funny encounters in the Netherlands.
03:47 AM November 30, 2012
Amazingly funny. Makes us want to move back home to Holland!!
09:36 AM November 30, 2012
So funny to see your country through someone elses eyes.
10:41 AM November 30, 2012
I found his blog by accident about 3 years ago. And I'm still happy I did!
10:04 AM December 03, 2012
My favourite expat blog, always makes me smile. The Sinterklaas letter alone should earn Stuart this award. Another favourite is the circle party post. All my friends (Dutch and Australian) found it hilarious.
14:14 PM December 03, 2012
I really enjoyed this blog!
14:38 PM December 03, 2012
Just discovered this blog, and will follow it for sure... As Italian person who spent one year in the Netherlands, I felt understood...:)
15:09 PM December 03, 2012
I completely love invader stu's blog, even after leaving Holland now I STILL read it and it still makes me laugh so much. Just a realistic guy that tells it like it is :)
16:13 PM December 03, 2012
he asks the same questions to the life in Holland as I do....
16:14 PM December 03, 2012
Super funny blogs wich teaches me a lot about my fellow dutchies.
20:20 PM December 03, 2012
Love the story...love all of Stu's stories
23:58 PM December 03, 2012
Great Blog that makes his life experiences interesting and entertaining
12:10 PM December 04, 2012
Stu's blog is amazing! He has very cool, and confronting stories about us dutchies :)
15:16 PM December 04, 2012
15:34 PM December 04, 2012
Humoristic and very recognizable. Makes me laugh out loud :D
20:02 PM December 04, 2012
Amazing blog which is always a delight to read. Gives me great pleasure just going back and finding old blog posts as all are high quality.
09:39 AM December 05, 2012
This blog delightfully captures what touches our lives in the Netherlands. Puts a smile on your face.
11:20 AM December 05, 2012
I've followed this blog for years. Stu's light and humorous take on living in Holland is always a pleasure to read!
10:39 AM December 06, 2012
Stu's blog is consistently entertaining and nicely observed.
21:13 PM December 06, 2012
STU is awesome..!! May the STU win :)
18:07 PM December 08, 2012
We love reading the stories about the quirky Dutch people seen through the eyes of a quirky Englishman! :-)