June in Rotterdam and Northern Ireland

Old Jan 14th, 2020, 12:51 PM
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I was just looking at the many suggestions we got from Menachem about things to see and do in Rotterdam, and it just confirms my feeling that we could have easily spent a week there. Unfortunately, we had only three full days and a bit of our arrival day.

After returning to Rotterdam from Kinderdijk, we went to the part of Rotterdam where I lived in 1986, in the area called De Esch, very near the Student Hotel. Menachem knows the area well, having worked on a project to design an arboretum and garden very near where I lived. I would have loved to visit this arboretum, but this was one of the many things we didn't manage to see in our short visit to Rotterdam.

My old neighborhood has changed a lot since I lived there, as is to be expected. We lived in an apartment, owned by one of my coworkers, in a new development. The apartment was really two apartments, each with living room, two bedrooms and a bath. Separating them was a shared kitchen, a rather unusual feature. We took turns preparing the evening meal. My co-worker had two daughters, around the same age as my daughters, and they went to school together.

There was at that time only the one street in the development, but now there are a number of streets. We really could have walked there from the Student Hotel, but we were coming directly from out trip to Kinderdijk. Also, we didn't have a lot of time and I was afraid of wasting time looking for streets, so we took the tram. We got off at the stop for Erasmus University, and the first thing that struck me was how much more noticeable the university was than what I remembered, and how much more traffic there was in the area. I don't know if there's been a lot of new construction around the university, or if maybe I just didn't often go over in that direction. I was a little disoriented, but we soon found the right street.

When we lived there, the was a tram stop nearby, but they were discussing bringing the tram line closer. Now there is a tram line, a different line, though, that passes right behind the development. The school my children attended is now separated from the development by this tram line. The school seemed exactly the same. The water pumping station I remembered is still there. One novelty was a flock of sheep grazing in a field behind the dwellings, alongside the tram tracks. Maybe their job is to keep the grass mown?

I took lots of pictures to show to my daughters, and then we headed back to the Student Hotel.

My old home in Rotterdam

The highlight of this day was dinner with Menachem, in a Thai restaurant near the Student Hotel, called De Kleine Ondeugd. We had a very nice meal, and meeting Menachem was a highlight of our trip. As anyone can see by reading these forums, he has a wealth of knowledge about the Netherlands, and many other things. He's a very active participant in environmental causes, with a very small carbon footprint, and a big moral footprint. I'm hoping he will visit us some day in Italy, and I'll tell him how to get here by train.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 10:34 PM
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Blush. It was lovely meeting you both. Such a wide ranging conversation over dinner!

(gracious offer of directions by train filed for future)
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