Why Groningen is so special

Groningen at sunrise

Here is a Dutch tongue twister. The Groninger Reitdiep water flows into the larger Vanstarkenborghkanaal that ends in the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer. Besides the fact that Groningen was the place I spent most of childhood what makes it so special? Groningen is the capital city of the province of Groningen. The city has a population of 200,000 with a density of 2,535/km2. To put that in context, Kwun Tong in Hong Kong has population density of 57,250/km2. Yeah, that’s pretty boring stuff. Here is another boring fact. The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and students are making up for more than a quarter of the total population. Imagine what you get if you put more than 50,000 crazy students in one place? It is called Groningen.

Reitdiep statueMy starting point of my morning run along the Reitdiep, a canal that lingers through the city centre.

Residential marina in PaddepoelThe private marina along the Reitdiep is normally an unimpressive collection of buildings. This morning the weather gods have taken out a vapour machine to beautify this residential pier.

Paddepoelsterweg in the early morningIf you look very carefully there is a lonely horse in the middle of the field.

Paddepoelsterweg sunriseThe Paddepoelsterweg is long straight road along the Zernike Campus and University complex.

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