I can’t believe September is already here! What have we done so far? We celebrated Sander’s birthday on the 4th and this weekend we have another birthday party and a BBQ to attend to. Busy busy! It’s times like these that remind me of calmer weekends where we just strolled through town and enjoyed ourselves. We actually had a weekend like this last month when we went to Zoetermeer.
The drive out there is fantastic. The countryside is so sprawling and green. Not to mention, on cloudy days, it looks like something out of a fairy tale. We usually drive through the cities north to Amsterdam but heading south to Zoetermeer feels like a whole different world.
Europe is really big on eco-energy and keeping green power, so no matter where you go, you’ll find wind turbines. It’s a strange mix of modern technology and Dutch landscape that make it surreal.
Zoetermeer itself is pretty big but Sander and I frequent the main square. This is the same city we got that delicious ice cream and is also the home of the toy store we love. The unique part of this town are the historical locations. There are a handful of buildings with plaques on them, talking about what the building had previously been. Of course these are all in Dutch though.
I’d imagine during the week, this place is just bustling with energy. However on the weekend, it’s nice and quiet. It’s exactly what I picture when I think of a sleep Dutch town. There are locals out and about so it’s not dead but it’s a low energy that hovers over the entire neighborhood.
We want to take more weekend trips out there but, as always, we’re just so busy! That’s what you get when family and friends live so close by. All of my relatives live in different states back in America so it was rare for us to meet up. Here, Sander’s family live all within an hour or two of travel. It allows for a lot of get togethers!
Zoetermeer is a town I’d recommend to anyone looking to chill out and have a cozy time while still keeping in the Dutch spirit. How do you like to spend relaxing weekends?