My new Dutch friend, Robert, is back in Rotterdam by now. We did meet up and I found out what his situation is. He plans to move his family to America in the next year or so. He has visited before and likes the Northwest very much. This trip he was doing research and making contacts, talking to ad agencies, government business agencies and freelancers such as myself. We had a very nice visit and I even learned something about typography and letter formation that I did not know.
We hear a lot about how America’s reputation overseas has been damaged by the current administration. Another friend, recently returned from France and Holland, said people were friendlier after he told them (when asked) that he didn’t vote for Bush.
There are still Europeans who want to move to America, who see open space and open minds, who want to live someplace where not everyone looks the same.
Robert was telling me that Muslims now make a significant minority in Holland. But they are so badly treated, it makes his throat choke. He liked seeing all the different people in Portland, tall, short, skinny, fat, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, young, old, all mixed together.
He said Donald Rumsfeld got it right when he called France and Germany “old Europe”. Traditionalism is so strong, it’s hard for someone who wants to try doing things differently. Hee hee, Robert also said that France want to run everything. I guess that’s pretty traditional, too.