High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Even at Home I am not a Tourist
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Even at Home I am not a Tourist

(Filip Matthijs) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 93-100

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The author doesn't need a reason for not travelling. Just as the reader doesn't need one when he decides he will go and pack his suitcases. This article is not a diatribe against tourism – and most certainly not against travelling. Ad Vingerhoets – the ‘holiday prof' of the Netherlands – is a much-travelled man and now he never goes on holiday any more: ‘It has not made me any happier. Maybe I simply have no talent for holidays.' That is how the author feels, too. For him there is no anticipation, no holiday depression or euphoria of the unknown – and absolutely no post-holiday blues or enthusiastic braying that you really should have been there.

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