Yesterday I decided to take a walk through the city centre. I feel at home in Groningen even though I have only lived here for 6 years. As I walked aimlessly through the streets I looked around and thought to myself. What makes me feel at home here? The big buildings, the grand cafés or stores? No it’s the small things. The little suprises you’ll find if you take a look around. When I think of Groningen I think of the huge amount of students on their bicycles who rule the city. There’re bikes everywhere and used for almost anything. Nurses go from patient to patient on their bikes and students even move their furniture on their bikes.

Bikes everywhere

I love how the city still shows it’s little houses that have been here for years. Small houses in the centre are surrounded by big companies but keep their character. The houses are crooked and have aged but they make the city for what it is. It feels like a big small villages when I walk around. I love how traditions are still here. The market on tuesday is my favorite. I feel at home as I walk through it and pick my fruits and vegatables with care. I look at the amazing colours of the tulips and listen how people make small talk with each other. Even though it’s a rather big city, the market men know their customers who have been coming here for years. They talk about the weather which is never good enough. Either to wet, to dry, to hot or to cold. Dutch people like to complain, that doesnt mean they’re unhappy with things, it’s just the culture I guess.

I will be sharing more of my city in the future. But for now I wanted to share the thoughts  I had during a aimless walk.

Small houses in a big city
Tulips never disappoint me

Good Coffee to start the day

This afternoon I will give the presentation of my thesis at the company I researched. It’s going to be an exciting yet thrilling day. After my oatmeal breakfast I decided to start the day with coffee. Here in Groningen my absolute favorite coffeeshop is Black&Bloom. No not that kind of coffeeshop the Netherlands is famous of, they just serve coffee.

The Menu

Today I picked the Kenya Nyeri Kii. This coffee is from Caffènation in Antwerpen. It’s lightly roasted coffee made with an aeropress. The taste notes are fruity, clean aroma, chocolate and spicy notes. The coffee is served at 80-90 degrees celcius but the taste gets better and fruitier after it cools down a bit.

Kenya Nyeri Kii Filter Coffee

Black and Bloom is the first artisan espressobar in Groningen. They serve coffee from all over the world, roasted by the best roasters in Europe. I really like the laid back atmosphere in Black and Bloom. You can lounge on the couch, work on school projects at a table or have business meetings.

Fun fact! All the baking goods are home made by the owners wife and even though I haven’t tried all of them yet, the ones I tried are delicious and so original. They vary from brownies to peanutbutter’n’jelly amazeballs. A peanut butter cake with jelly inside. If you’re ever planning to visit Groningen I definitaly recommend to try this coffeeshop.  My favorite the ‘Malteser cheesecake’ and favorite drink besides coffee? Absolutely the ‘Cold drip ‘n’ Ginger Ale’. This cold drip is a coffee elixer made in the Yama coffee dripper. It takes about 10 hours to make an elixer from filter coffee. It’s mixed with Ginger Ale, ice and fresh mint leaves. I can’t think of a better way to start a busy day!

The Cakes of today
Chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate brownies