Summer, Glorious Summer!

A riot of green.

Having left Utrecht in early March, and come back in early July, I feel as though I have returned to a city transformed. Holland feels like an utterly different country in the summertime – the blue sky, the late-setting sun, the riot of green that has erupted along the canals, the café culture that has spilled onto the sidewalks – all of these changes have converged to give grey, wintry Utrecht a facelift and I’ve been welcomed home by a radiant summer beauty.

We’ve been taking long evening walks after dinner around the city and I’m discovering a new city. Tonight we walked along the Oudegracht canal, strolling along the walkway at water level (which is accessible from the street-level by steep stairs). Boats ambled past on the water, carrying parties of people drinking glasses of wine and eating canapés; couples who live by the canal were eating their supper al fresco on dinner tables they had moved outside; on the bridges above the waterway, pavement cafés bristled with people. On our way back home, we passed a park and it was full of young people – sunning, drinking, picnicking, slack-roping, dancing, talking, and rejoicing in all the magic of summer.

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About Home Strange Home

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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