My trips to the Netherlands all happened relatively recently. It was not part of my earlier travels to Europe (unless you count transiting in Schiphol…).

Why? I guess it’s a combination of things. Europe is an expensive destination for an Asian, especially in the age before digitalisation made possible new and disruptive travel platforms such as Airbnb and Couchsurfing. So, when confronted with this limitation, more romantic destinations such as Italy or France won out.

As a result, my Netherlands travel typically takes place around business travel. The stories, therefore, are different in focus and mood than when I’m travelling on one of my odysseys, or on holiday.