Oudegracht ("Old Canal"), Utrecht

Like most Dutch cities, Utrecht is filled with canals.  This photo shows the Oudegracht, which was a main artery for transport and commerce in the 13th century.  “Oude” means old and “gracht” means canal in Dutch.  When the water level fell, cellars, warehouses, and workshops were built along the wharves.  Nowadays, they have been converted into cafes and restaurants at the water level.  In the summer, you can descend the stairs from street level to sit by the canal and eat a meal or drink a beer, watching the boats and ducks float past.  The canals are spanned at many points by lovely arched bridges that you can walk or cycle across.


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I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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