First visit: April 1985
Subsequent visits: July 1988, September 1989, September 1993, February 1994, July 1994, January 1995, February 1995, March 1995, April 1995, July 1995, place of residence August 1995-June 1996, August 1996, January 1997, February 1997, March 1997, March 1998, May 1999, July 2002, March 2009, May 2011, January 2013.
Visited: Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Hilversum, Groningen, Nijmegen, Maastricht, Delft, Leiden, Hengelo, Enschede.
I had a crush on this country for years, which resulted in my learning the language and doing my MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management. The people are much friendlier than you would expect from Northern Europeans, and the landscapes, though flat, breath-taking on a clear day. This is a decent, well-run place, with plenty of its own distinctive features whether it is flowers or dams or liberal drug laws. There is something for everyone here. Great place.
Highlight: Vla - a thick custardy drink that one drinks like milk straight from the carton. Choose the vanilla or the cinnamon/apple flavours.