Going to Groningen

For whatever reason, Groningen wasn’t even on my radar of cities that could end up being my home for the first half of 2016.  When I found out that’s where I’d be, the first thing I did was double check it’s location on a map.  Yep, it’s really far north.  I need to be ready Mapfor weather that’s colder and days that are shorter than I’m used to.  I bought a warm, waterproof coat and knitted myself another thick scarf.  I’ve learned that Groningen’s university was established in 1614 because the regional assembly wanted a university in the area.  Today, about a quarter of Groningen’s residents are students at the university.  I was very excited to find out that Groningen is also know as “The World Cycling City.”  There are lots of dedicated cycling paths and lanes as well as a car-free zones in the city.  I’m looking forward to getting back on a bike in a town that is designed for biking.

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