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Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day)

[Credit: Miguel Cruz, http://travel.u.nu]

Well, for those of you up early, you’ll notice that you’re receiving a second post today.

That’s right, I’ve been a busy little beaver. Just tap-tap-tapping the keyboard of my laptop to bring you more fun and merriment.

If truth be known, I have two reasons for this second post: 1) I am one post behind on my April Ultimate Blog Challenge in which I must blog daily OR 30 times in 30 days; and 2) it’s Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) here in Nederland, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that.

(I know, can you believe that we’re having Queen’s Day the day after all the hoopla of the likely future Queen of England’s wedding to the likely future King of England?! Aren’t we just Party Central around here?!)

So I was all fired up to start typing, when I realized that someone else had really covered just about everything I wanted to explain. Only in a funnier way.

Lots of people have written articles and blog posts about the Queen’s Day festivities, but the truth of the matter is, no one else seems to have captured the hijinks and highlights of the day in all its amusing glory better than this person.

I’m serious. I decided that I couldn’t top this Queen’s Day post by the talented and charming Invader Stu (of Invading Holland), a British expat living here in the Netherlands.

Many of you may recognize him from some of the droll and supportive comments he leaves. And I’ve been meaning to do a ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, …’ segment introducing Invader Stu anyway, so let’s just combine his great Queen’s Day story and my introduction into this post and call it a win-win situation.

Please do me (and yourself) a favor and check out more of his great posts while you’re over there. He’s a talented graphic artist, and occasionally performs as an improv comedian. His site is always good for a laugh or three.

I can tell you two of my personal favorites are his Dutch Circle Party Guide (you can’t make this stuff up!) and this one about his bachelor’s stag party night before he married his lovely Dutch bride.

Oh I love it when a plan comes together!

Now, if you don’t mind, I need to get ready for Koninginnedag

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