The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (2/2)

From outside, in the dark light of night, the Havezate Marveld Aparthotel looked like a castle, or a replica castle, a film set of a castle. Inside it was something different. I walked to the end of the long corridor and opened the door to my room, my eyes adjusted focus to look across the vast … Continue reading The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (2/2)

The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (1/2)

I left Adam at the airport. I was off to Amsterdam, he was off to Oslo. Our flights were due to leave within 10 minutes of each other. I wondered how this life had happened to us. ‘What are you visiting for?’ asked the man at passport control. I hesitated. ‘Business?’ I answered questioningly. I … Continue reading The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (1/2)

Holland: Return to Haarlem (Rotterdam, & Amsterdam)

The man behind me struggled to open his bottle of drink, knees digging hard into the back of my seat as he strained. ‘Shall we open the smoky bacon or the prawn cocktail?’ his companion asked, whilst rustling away with her grab-bags. Smokey bacon. The crunches and slurps were interspersed with a conversation on whether the … Continue reading Holland: Return to Haarlem (Rotterdam, & Amsterdam)