Last week, I took the bus from Paris to Amsterdam, and watched as France slowly became the Netherlands.

The cultures of Europe are a spectrum over the land, and while some major reference points have emerged, like Dutch or French, there are certainly a lot of in-between cultures. You notice this in the language, the architecture, the agricultural methods. In Belgium especially, I saw French architecture slowly give way to Dutch styles — with so much lovely and interesting inbetween-cultures to vibe on.

As you know, readers, I am returning to Toronto in June to present at the Urban Ecologies conference. I have decided to fly home from Italy — Rome, specifically. I look forward to traveling over land from Amsterdam to Rome. With so many cultures and mountains and rivers inbetween, my question will be, how does the Netherlands become Italy?

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