From Josephine (an Australian in Amsterdam) I see that I missed an exhibition by Nick Ervinck while I was in Amsterdam. The work looks interesting, and I would have loved the opportunity to see some contemporary visual arts while in town. My theory about the Netherlands is that they have a long history of being mercantile traders, and so welcome travellers and traffic into the country – it is their bread and butter. This extends across the entire culture (for example Dutch hotel staff always ask me where I’m from and actually have conversations about it), and this is why they are such a hub for innovation around ideas. It is traffic and flows. Anyway, missed what looks like an interesting show, and the chance to begin to feel the contemporary flavour of a city steeped in culture as culture and not Culture as Museum Exhibit.