Crossing Over. Thirty Years on the Wrong Side of the English Channel
(Derek Blyth) The Low Countries - 2011, № 19, pp. 28-37
Utrecht seemed in 1979 like Utopia compared to the crumbling island monarchy the author had left behind. He was living in Maastricht when Thatcher went to war with Argentina. After Amsterdam he finally landed in Brussels. Sometimes Belgium seems old-fashioned and a bit cynical to the author. Other times, it is right up there with the world's most progressive countries. Blyth senses that the Low Countries are in danger of losing those ideals like tolerance and optimism that first brought him there in 1979.
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