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The Scrub Pine Syndrome. Walking in the Netherlands
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The Scrub Pine Syndrome. Walking in the Netherlands

(Gerard van Westerloo) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 22-29

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What possesses a modern human being to make him shoulder his rucksack and set off on foot through the Netherlands, which as we all know is the world's most built-up delta area? This country may not be primeval, but a walk through the Netherlands is a succession of small, unspoken delights: ‘everything the Dutch painters saw, long before you and I were born', as Van Westerloo states. His enthusiasm does not stop him, however, to warn us for some dangers of walking in the Netherlands, such as New Nature and the tyranny of education.

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