Citizens of the Airport #27 – I Still Prefer Travelling With My Mother

I like to think of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a village, inhabited by millions of people for not more then a few hours per day max. But who are the people that pass through? What makes them tick? I’m on a quest to meet the Citizens of the Airport!

“I felt the taxes in the Netherlands were too high, so I moved to Antwerp. But then I met a guy in a bar who told me that I had it all wrong and that I could do a lot better. So I said: ‘I’m all ears!’ At the end of a memorable night, he caved in and told me: “ANDORRA! You have to go to Andorra. I moved there the month after that.”

Flying with my mother

“I enjoy flying with my mother. Since her husband died, she regularly flies with me. She has seen a lot more of the world than her sisters and brothers. I am CEO of several companies and I travel all over the world. But even so, I still prefer travelling with my mother.”

You know what? People who live here should be really glad they were born in this country. There are a lot of countries where people are a lot worse off.”


Posted by:   Ben Kortman  | 
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Sbatti happen then if you meet a nice Woman?

Lolita M. Balboa

“Never miss an opportunity to travel with your mother.”
When I came across this message, I started saving for the trip of my mother. That’s why, in 2002 I was able to accompanied her in Europe particularly in Brussels, The Netherlands, Germany, and Paris. I cannot describe how happy my mother was during that time. And it was one of my memorable memories with her. AS the saying goes – Lifetime is measured by memories and not by age – so if your parents are still around – make memories by traveling with them.

Ben Kortman

What a lovely story and message Lolita! Thanks for sharing :)

Dimitris Papadogiannis

I really appreciate the citizens of the airport blog, it usually has nice stories. However, presenting in a positive way moving to tax havens, a major reason behind the crisis in Europe, is not a proper corporate message! You could have at least skipped this part…

Ben Kortman

I agree, it might not be very chique, but with Citizens of the Airport I aim to tell the whole story, not just the correct part. I am sorry you feel this way. I hope you will still read my blogs…

Dimitris Papadogiannis

Of course I will. The blog is very nice and I tend to spend quite some time in the airports, so getting to know more the background of some of the people you tend to see around you is always interesting. My comment was mainly focused on the corporate nature of this blog and whether it is appropriate to include the fiscal nature of the gentleman’s move to Andorra. But I agree it is part of the story that made him a frequent traveller.

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