We spent two nights in Groningen this week staying with a lovely couple called Willem and Veerle. We were introduced to them by a friend of a friend of a friend in New Zealand which constituted an invitation to say “as long as we wanted” at their house while they also put us in touch with more muso types. What amazing folk!

Groningen Central Train Station

We had a lovely time there. They live in Zuidhorn which is a short train trip from Groningen and the day after we arrived a music festival began with Marc Ribot as one of the performers. SCORE!

Other highlights of the trip were:

  • Willem and Veerle’s house: full of art and ceiling high bookshelves with a baby grand piano next to the dining table!
  • A lovely second hand bookshop in Groningen
  • Eating my first fresh fig from a Turkish grocer that I could have eaten myself to death in  – olives, cheeses, baklava, fish, stuffed peppers – mmmmmmm….
  • Two great concerts, the first one free in a student lunch room at a university, the second (youtube clip linked) in a really underground sort of club that cost E8 each with E1.70 tap beer and E2.20 house wine!
  • Second hand shops
  • Belgium fries – so, so good
  • The Groningen Museum with an exhibition of De Ploeg – a Groningen school of painting post from the last century – so beautiful!

    Johan Dijkstra - Paarse Paarden

  • Eating herring for lunch with Willem and Veerle on our last day with them

Willem and Veerle looked after us as if we were their own children. People are looking after us so well.

Lowlight of the trip was leaving a loaf of bread, a poster from the Marc Ribot concert (free thankfully) in my cool eco-sack on the train! 😐

Nom x