When I was ten years old, I had the opportunity to go to the decennial flower festival, The Floriade, in Zoetermeer. The Floriade is an amazing horticultural World Expo that occurs every ten years in the Netherlands. People flock from all over the world to marvel at themed hectares (10000 square meters) of plant-life, garden art and horticultural innovation. As I was a kid when we went, most of what I remember about the Floriade involved lots of hybrid flowers and the fact that I won a goldfish that I couldn't take home, but it has always been a family memory of something amazing that we experienced.
This year, The Floriade 2012 is being held in Venlo, The Netherlands, as the highest bidder in the region. A one-day ticket will run an adult around €25,00 (33 US dollars), and a plane ticket to Europe, of course. This decade's theme is "be part of the theatre in nature; get closer to the quality of life," and features 66 hectares on five themes: environment, green engine, relax & heal, education & innovation, and world show stage. Who feels like going?