It’s a big nostalgic isn’t it? Going back to a place you once called home, cultivating memories. We all do this when possible. People say, “I’d just like to see the old homestead once more,” or “I’ve got to go and have a coffee at such and such. I always went there when I lived in….” and facilitate the past.
Vinita and I promoted our book A Sample of Gouda earlier this month with a ViewFinders Walk led by photographer Dawn Black. It’s been more than two years since I had a long ambling walk around Gouda with my dog Fritzi, and both she and I enjoyed the occasion. I could see her nose sniffing the familiar, and besides that we were together. What more bonding does a dog want than to be outside, doing a dog’s job and keeping their owner company?
“You are a mysterious person,” a friend said after reading the book. “I wonder if this is all about you, but I know it’s not.” No it’s not a mystery, I believe that everyone will take in a certain amount of atmosphere from living in a place, a certain je ne sais quoi, which lingers in the air when you make their acquaintance. We sense this and we automatically begin to ask questions, for instance, “How long have you lived here?” A trip to a past location, refreshing the memory, is thrilling and at times a more daunting experience than going someplace new, but I can also recommend Gouda as a first time trip.