Blog | 'Leeuwarden feels like you are walking in a fairytale'
LEEUWARDEN - Martin Zvada was onlangs in Leeuwarden. De Slowaak, die drie jaar in Nederland heeft gewoond, was hier dit keer voor een lang weekeinde. Over zijn verblijf in Leeuwarden schreef hij een blog. Hij stuurde het onze redactie toe. Hieronder is het hele verhaal te lezen.
,,My name is Martin and I come from Slovakia.
I have visited your beautiful city last weekend, and I really enjoyed my stay.
Therefore, I have decided to write about your city and my experiences in my blog. If you like the article, I would appreciate if you share it on your facebook page!
Hey everyone! Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone for any kind of feedback and reactions to my first post! Appreciated mucho!
As I mentioned in my first “introduction” post, I spent last weekend exploring and wandering around the north of the Netherlands – in two provinces – Friesland and Groningen.
I have planned this long weekend quite some time ago to explore some parts of this beautiful country where I never have had time or a chance to experience.
The long weekend started on Friday, July 24th in the province called Friesland. This province is generally known as the most different province of the Netherlands with their own distinctive identity.
Why? First of all, people in Friesland consider themselves first Fries, then Dutch. Secondly, people in Friesland are bilingual. Meaning, they do speak Dutch, but they use their own language called Frisian language.
Secondly, a typical Frisian house looks quite different than “a typical house” in the rest of the Netherlands. The houses in Friesland actually reminds me of houses in Austrian villages that are known for their big and well maintained gardens full of flowers and no fence in front of the house.
After living in the Netherlands for 3 years now, I believe I can say that the country is extremely organized in comparison with the rest of most European countries. What I noticed in Friesland is that this part of the country is even MORE organised. (e.g. infrastructure, countryside)
I experienced another surprising moment while I was talking to locals. I have heard from many Dutch people that in Friesland, people tend to be more reserved towards strangers. I strongly disagree. From what I have experienced last 3 days in Friesland, I can honestly say that people were very very friendly, polite and helpful.
Walking in a fairytale
The capital city of Friesland is Leeuwarden (in Dutch) /Ljouwert (in Frisian). The city itself has approximately 110,000 inhabitants.
The city centre is quite small, however, it feels like you are walking in a fairytale. Cute Frisian little houses, cafes, restaurants, a fish seller and canals. Everywhere!
Friesland region is also well known for their Sugar bread. (“Suikerbrood” in Dutch). It is SO tasty! The price for a whole Sugar bread is 5,50 EUR, while a halve is only 3 EUR.
The market, located in the city centre, includes some fish stores too. If you never tried famous Dutch delicacy Haring (served raw with chopped onion and pickles) or Kibbeling (fried fish with sauce), you have a chance to do it right there! It is very popular among Dutch people, but also in the international community. The prices for Haring and Kibbeling differ from city to city. In Leeuwarden, the price for one piece of Haring is 3 EUR and Kibbeling will cost you 5 EUR.
If you are looking for a small and peaceful city in the north of the Netherlands, the city of Leeuwarden is definitely worth a visit. The canals, food and the different atmosphere in comparison with the rest of the Netherlands will definitely “touch” you and will make you to want to come back again!
Wie zijn volledige blog (met een reisverslag van Groningen) wil lezen kan hier klikken.