Amsterdam is one of the world's truly great cities and the Netherlands is probably the most progressive country on earth. So this summer, Elkemo decided to descend on the lowlands for an unashamed design junket, starring: the Stedelijk, the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank's House, Droog, a Tulip Museum, a Cheese Museum, houseboats, brown pubs, beige cafés, cheese stalls and literally one thousand bike racks. During a 70km trek to the north of Het Ij – on collapsable city bikes – we also embraced the sheer horizontality of The Waterlands – Edam, Marken, Volendam, Broek in Waterland. We also got a tan. It was wonderful trip.