The first event was a bike trip for international students to discover some highlights that they never had seen before. We cycled more that 25 kilometers: see route. Meeting point was Groninger Museum.
It was great that Gonneke opened the doors of her boat called “Hoop doet leven” (Hope brings/gives life) , so that we could have a peek inside her life living on a ship.
Then we walked around the Wall House. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing architecture have a look at Wikipedia. On Saturday and Sundays you can visit this great building divided with a wall, see opening hours.
After seeing Kaap Hoorn and the ‘beach’ of Hoornse Meer we had a picknick with hagelslag and pindakaas (peanut butter) and new combinations were invented: banana with hagelslag!
We also visited a “hofje”, de St. Anthony Gasthuis. For more info about “hofjes” you can read on Wikipedia. There is also a “hofje” in one of the popular nightlife streets Peperstraat. If you are there during day-time you can check if the door handle opens and then you are free to have a look around respecting the privacy of the habitants. For more info see also Wikipedia.
Benny offered us coffee and tea in his 27 square meter container dwelling. Did you expect that a living area, sleeping area, music area, study area, shower & toilet and kitchen area would fit into this long but narrow space?
Then we visited Dot and the city beach. There were 2 persons even swimming!! How brave!! And you really liked the graffiti and made lots of nice pictures there.
Then we visited the romantic Prinsentuin. In summer time it is a nice place to rest at the Theeschenkerij wich will be open from April – October between 10-18 hrs when the weather is acceptable. And from 14-16 July poets will be reciting their poems.
Via the Noorderplantsoen and de Voermanhaven we went to the Reitdiephaven to see the colourfull houses that you find when searching the internet for photos of Groningen. It is one of the most photographed places of Europe. Some even call it small Curaçao.
And after this long bike trail, playing Mikado and listening to merry folk music from OASJ we deserved the fresh made pizza by Capricia Ita in de Wolkenfabriek who invites every week different caterars, cooks and groups to cook in the restaurant. Every week they have this Wolk-in (15.00-22.00 hrs), see http://dewolkenfabriek.com/agenda for the agenda.