Well, the Brits say van Goff and the Dutch say, something like van Ghk-ough-chk. Has three syllables with a gutter stick at the beginning and end. Don't think I'll live long enough to pronounce it the way they do. And by the way, they pronounce it different in the south of Holland, wouldn't you know?
Here we are living it up on Gay Street in Brussells:
I always try to be alert to how Americans are perceived in the old world. Here is an example of a huge, multinational American corporation buying a giant sign and squatting it on top of an old classic style building in Brussells. It you look up ugly American I think you will find this image there to illustrate it.
We have been somewhat nervous about riding the trains from Einhoven to Brussells on Friday and on to Paris today. We did encounter delays and a few anxious moments when everyone around us on the train looked suspicious but after a bomb scare in Antwerp, we arrived safely in Paris today. Everyone could not have been nicer, especially this sweetie from Dordrecht:
prejudices. Indeed, I know it. I can stand any society.
All I care to know is that a man is a human being -- that
is enough for me; he can't be any worse."
—Samuel Langhorne Clemens