I was extremely tired from the plane flight and wound up getting lost on my way up to Groningen and Zeerijp.
I did meet a real nice couple on the plane from Haalisleevgen the southern part of the Netherlands. The lady’s name was Christine Westerdop. We had a wonderful visit.
Also, my first night in the town of Groningen was very nice…had a nutritional dinner salad with smoked salmon.
Then a wonderful sleep at the Hotel Bastion in Groningen near the town of Zeerijp…I was so very tired by the time I arrived there…but I did make it to my family’s ancestral home. (My family name is Zeeryp, named after the town in Holland.)
I was thinking it was 40 kilometers from Amsterdam. Instead it felt like 400 kilometers (probably because I was still so jet-lagged from the long flight from San Francisco). The scenery was so beautiful…there are no fences in the countryside.
The cattle graze freely and the air smells so sweet; maybe that was the North Sea…at some point many, many years ago this was under water.
I feel like I live in the wrong place…on earth.
Additionally, the small towns we so clean and so well kept. Red brick everywhere. The flowers and the gardens are all so beautiful…