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This blog has given me something I wasn’t expecting; the incentive to see my local environment with new eyes.
Today we needed a couple of ingredients for a vegan cheese recipe. (I found it over on bunny kitchen.)
So when we need to buy stuff we get the bus to a local university city calked Leiden.
It’s about thirty minutes on the bus. We try hard to use public transport as much as possible at weekends.
Today it’s been bright sunny and springlike. So an ideal opportunity for a wee day trip.
Leiden was part of the pilgrim father’s journey to the new world. They also passed through the city where I was born in the UK.
It’s got Dutch canals and bridges similar to the more famous Amsterdam.
The exciting thing is, it also has…..
wait for it….
Now for those who haven’t spent time in The Netherlands (the lowlands)
This may seem insignificant.
Thus particular ‘hill’ is technically a fortification from 17th century and is surrounded by buildings so hard to photograph in a hill-ish way! As you can see.
There’s a structure on the top with castellations and it gives a great view if the city.
Up on the parapet, there’s a spectacular view of the surroundings. It’s a different perspective of the surrounding red roofs and local library.
When it was built the nearby orphanage supplied cheap labour to the local industry and factories.
The seagulls seem to like it now too. Even if they’re not speaking to each other! And it’s a tiny peaceful haven on a busy shopping day.
Three large trees are sheltered inside and it’s quite a feature.
I like to recognise the easily accessible features of our region.
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...