I am spending a prolonged weekend in Breda, a small town in North Brabant in the Netherlands. The reason is that my Tilburg quarters do not have available space for a few days. So, I followed the kind invitation to a colleague's home in Breda. It is nice little place and extremely lively and very friendly, with a lot of cultural events of different kinds on offer. The one I witnessed most closely was the celebration of the 2017 Red Hair Day, where those with ginger or red hair united on the basis of this commonality. It was a happy event, and a local newspaper reported 40 000 red hair visitors from all over the world are in town. We also went to Zundert, Van Gogh's birth place, to see the Flower Parade. This was a very major event and it was amazing that about a million of flowers had to be mounted per wagon. The weather was and stayed beautiful, which I really appreciated not just for our entertainment, but also for all the hard work which went into preparing these colorful events.
Interior design has been always a funny discipline for me. I have stayed in many business hotels and they must have been the result of such craft. But I mostly did not like it there. Well, the Shanghai Peninsula is okay, measured by facts. Everything perfect. At least I have a memory of it at all. But still does not feel like home. In the year to come, I will take a closer look at the accommodations we stay, and keep a photographic and written record on what makes them likable (or not). Benchmark for now, is still Vincent van Gogh's Chambre à Arles. Let's see what else I will find.