I met my friends there: Ivan, my Indonesian high school friend, and Mbak Vega, Ivan's friend in Universitat Hannover (yes, I also visited Hannover, so wait for another blogpost!). Thanks to both of them, I didn't get lost in this town.
|Groningen in the tourist information.|
So, what is in Groningen? Just like other cities in the Netherlands, there is a lot of bicycles. Literally...
|Where should I park my bicycle? Oh , just squeeze it in.|
|Pomme frites and joppiesaus!|
What else is in Groningen? I don'k know if it applies to other Dutch towns, but Groningen has some Indonesian grocery stores where I got some more foods, and also Indonesian restaurants.
|One of Indonesian grocery stores, "Toko Melati", which literally means "Jasmine Store".|
|Well, I made klepon during winter break in the beginning of the year, but it was not as good as this one. Klepon for life!|
|TokoSemarang, an Indonesian restaurant with authentic Indonesian foods (and interior!).|
|I got Es Cendol in Toko Semarang. It's a drink that has green colored rice flour jelly, with palm sugar, coconut milk, and shaved ice. The temperature reached 30 degrees Celcius when I was there, so it was perfect!|
|The main building of University of Groningen. Yes, more bicycles, and the red poster.|
|Other beautiful part of the town. Everyone was outside enjoying the sun.|
|The canal. My friend told me that it is more beautiful when the canal is full of ships and boats.|
We also went to a garden, Martinikerkhof. Basically, there is a central garden that is surrounded by vines that form a tunnel. A really beautiful garden!
|The green tunnel.|
|The central garden. Sorry that it does not look that beautiful, I'm not a good photographer :(|
|The sun watch. The sentences are in Latin, I suppose. Guess what time I took this photo!|
|One of the art installation in this museum. I was amazed by human-tall chess pieces. The details were amazing. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of artist who made this, I'm sorry.|
|In one part of the museum. My favorite art piece: selfeet (instead of selfie). Yes, it was a glass, so you can see the canal below you directly. So scary, right?|
I really want to go to other cities in the Netherlands, perhaps Amsterdam (since one of my UWC roommates come from there, but she's studying abroad now). I've still got a year to explore more places in Europe, so I don't need to rush.
A side story: there was no customs check when I crossed border to go to the Netherlands, but there was one when I went back to Germany. They took a long time to check my passport (as usual), but I'm glad that they didn't hold me or ask me to get off the bus. I wasn't smuggling marijuana or did anything bad, but, it still makes me nervous whenever officers check my passport, especially because I heard the discrimination towards Indonesian Muslims when they cross border in other countries... Well, I have no bad intention; I am just doing my internship (and a little bit of travelling), so I shouldn't worry about that, right?