Well, it has been almost a month since we moved to the town of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, so I thought I would take a moment to introduce you. First off...a little history.
Nijmegen is the oldest city in The Netherlands, although you wouldn't know by looking at it. Unfortunately it was the victim of a horrific bombing on February 22, 1944 during WWII. And the worst part is that it was bombed by the United States, who thought they were bombing a German town.
The Netherlands is almost completely at or below sea level, which is why their symbolic windmills are so prevalent. The windmills were designed to pump water out of the lowlands. Supposedly The Netherlands is also known for their peanut butter...but I have yet to figure out why. I'll get back to you on that one.
Alright...onto the fun stuff. Here are some photos we have taken since we arrived, followed up with a quick video of the wonderful River Waal that runs through Nijmegen (with a sneak peek at Mr. Dirksen Dabbles!).
|Our flat is the two windows surrounded by orange tiles|
|Outside a building in our neighborhood - Botten Daal|
|Outdoor chairs at the cafe we frequent|
|A car I wouldn't mind owning|
|A good example of Netherlands architecture...and beer - Amstel.|
|Just some tile work|
|Another cafe near our flat|
|Grote Markt - City center of Nijmegen|
|This mural cracks me up...it's of people growing potatoes, making frites (french fries), and handing them out, but they are from medieval times, which makes it that much more awesome.|
|Modern Architecture, to replace the ruined old|
|Oh, and did I mention marijuana is legal here? This is a coffee shop (which sells pot, not coffee). To get a coffee, go to a cafe.|
|Buildings that line the river Waal|
|Nijmegen Train Station|
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