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.