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 for 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.