Welcome to Tiengemeten, a tiny speck of an island and a nature reserve in the middle of the Haringvliet. Lucky bastards that we were, we were able to get here in relatively high style — by sailing ship! Certainly a nice reminder of how the 1% feel like.
Okay, maybe 10%.
In any case, we made a grand entrance while docking by the small port on the island, in full view of all the day-trippers waiting for their public ferry to arrive. I didn’t know what to expect but I was more than excited to find out what there was to see. While it did get busy with some other ships trying to get settled in, when my feet finally hit the ground, the silly side of me felt like I was Magellan. The locals, sans machetes, weren’t as unwelcoming, thankfully.
We only got to see a small part of the island but what I did see was quaint, rural, and quite beautiful – if there ever was an idyllic island retreat in this country, this would be near the top of the list. After a couple of hours, it was time to board the ship and head back to Hellevoetsluis, but not before we said hi to the skipper’s friend whose 25-meter Dutch freighter was parked right across from us. I learned later on that the ship dates back to 1914(!) which makes it pretty much a floating museum. Amazing island and an amazing day overall.