The KNSM island - that stands for Royal Dutch Steamboat Company, the company that served the Dutch colonial territories - houses a few galleries and stores. The KNSM building with its former luggage hall and arrivals and departures hall is available for exhibits and cultural events. The upstairs Kompaszaal from the fifties, open for lunch and dinner, has been restored in its original state. It is impressive in its own way, a rather cold and austere design, but yet there is this contradiction in feelings because of the strong nostalgia. I have no difficulty imagining people waiting here for the ships that will take them to far away places.