After studying Spanish at the University of Utrecht, Matthijs moved to Spain, where he lived for 21 years. Here, he not only perfected his command of the language, but also gained extensive experience in management, administration and customer service. Besides Spanish and his mother tongue Dutch, Matthijs speaks fluent English. In his spare time, Matthijs likes to get his hands dirty; he is a certified leatherworker and is trained in woodworking. He also likes to tinker with his classic Solex moped and his 1968 Ford Taunus.