Last week was exhausting, especially the trip to the Netherlands. I barely got to see The Hague, but did manage to explore Rotterdam a little and really took to the place. An old industrial, port city that was flattened during the Second World War and is still being re-developed, especially around the old docks. It has some very striking modern architecture. I stayed in the Hotel New York, the old offices of Holland Amerika Lijn building, and had a great room full of character and a view of the harbour (with a bathroom that was in the old service elevator). When I wasn't busy meeting people or giving talks, I spent time reading Benjamin Black's Elegy for April, an atmospheric tale set in 1950s Dublin.