The Neude

Our "back yard." (Yes, we are spoiled.)

We live right in the heart of Utrecht, as central as you can get. Our street, Telingstraat, is right behind The Neude, the main square. I’ve always walked past it on my way to and from work. That said, I barely noticed it in the wintertime, when it was nothing but a grey, empty expanse of stone.

But now that it is summertime, The Neude has evolved into a giant summer terrace – each of the cafés, bars, and restaurants that line the square have claimed a part of it as their own and have covered the ground with tables, chairs, and umbrellas. So, on a sunny day, there are literally hundreds of people sitting in the square, served coffees, beers, and bitterballen by waiters that scurry back and forth between their respective kitchens and terraces.

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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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