It’s pretty awesome; you leave on Friday after work, drive for a couple of hours and you’re in France before sundown. Everything is different here, the climate, the language, the food. The French don’t speak Dutch or English and although all Dutchies learn English, German and French in secondary school, you forget most of it by the time you’re 17 so communication is a challenge. There’s nine of us and we’re renting a really lovely house that has a jacuzzi overlooking a valley, we’ve cheese and wine and warm weather. Excellent. And we left just in time because this is what the Netherlands is like right now!