We’re standing there after a long journey. It is around 5:30am local time, so we’re thankful there are just a few people in the queue. “How can I help,” the young man says in a friendly voice. We step up and hand over our passports. The young border control officer looks over the documents in a friendly but professional manner. He looks us over and asks us why we’re visiting. My wife responds in his native tongue, and he cheerfully responds back, He stamps our passports and welcomes us to the Netherlands with a smile.
With a smile.
I was quickly aware, even after a 13 hour journey (with twin nine-month old babies) why I endure such a journey. The friendly and welcoming Dutch people is one of many reasons why the Netherlands might just be the best country in the world.