Canal Life

Sunday afternoon on the boat.

When I was here in the wintertime, the canals were pretty dead. Now that the weather has improved, it seems all the life in the city has moved down to the canals.

In the February cold, the Oudegracht was still and quiet, but now it is bustling with all sorts of boats – a group of college students moseying along in a pedal boat; a family spending an afternoon out on their dingy with the Dutch flag hanging off the back; a young boy speeding past in a motor boat; a group of revellers with music and hors d’oeuvres on a party boat for hire. The canal is as busy a thoroughfare as the road!

Don't drop your napkin in the water.

The side walk that runs alongside the canal at water level (which is unique to Utrecht’s canals) is equally busy. In the city centre, it’s full of terraces packed with people eating and drinking at the numerous canal-side restaurants and bars; in the residential areas, it’s lined with families who have moved their dinner tables outside to eat. The canals have becoming the beating heart of the city.


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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One Response to Canal Life

  1. Eefje says:

    Got a link to your blog from my brother, I have to say I am loving your descriptions of Dutch life and my lovely city Utrecht. I really enjoy reading your posts!

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