One Last Stop

Trip Start Aug 18, 2011
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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Brabant,
Friday, April 6, 2012

So our week in The Netherlands has come to an end. Our flight was in the evening back to Sweden, so we had literally an entire day to kill, except we had no real idea about where to kill it. We could kill it in Eindhoven where the airport was, or we could kill it in Tilburg. The reason why Tilburg was an option was because we had a friend there. For those of you who read my articles about my trips to Russia and the Lund festival you will recall the character of Chris-Anne from The Netherlands. She was funny and sarcastic and I have kept in touch with her ever since. Her time was constrained, but she said that she could meet us for a few hours, so we diverted our trip to see Chris-Anne whom we had not seen for almost two years.

We caught the train to Tilburg, but were a little early, so we tried to figure out if we could get to the airport from Tilburg directly. We could not, but this killed the time we needed.

Chris-Anne was early and she gave us a lovely guided tour of the city. She took us to a little hidden restaurant for lunch that we would not have noticed had we been by ourselves. One nice part about the restaurant was a fenced in playground where you could let your children run wild as you enjoy a quiet meal….good planning.

Tilburg was the perfect size for a short stop. Chris-Anne is working for a company that is trying to get Tilburg as one of the next European Cultural capitols. Each year two countries will host the title and The Netherlands will get it in a few years, so the cities are bidding for it now. If Tilburg gets it, she will be able to stay at her new job longer than if the city does not get to be the capitol, so cross your fingers for her.

Tilburg is an old textile city that still has remnants of the mills that once dotted the landscape here, there is apparently a good museum, but we did not have time for it. However, Victor's grandmother had been to it and had some pictures of it that we looked at later.

Chris-Anne gave us commentary on the buildings of the city which apparently is a big student town in The Netherlands. She showed us the local cathedral, the town hall, gay clubs, fun pubs and shopping streets.

At the end our visit we stopped in at a pub where Chris-Anne insisted that we try some Dutch pub grub. In the picture they all look the same, but inside they were all filled with different things and dipped in a little bit of mustard they were delicious. I will have to get her to e-mail me the names of all of the fried balls. We accompanied the pub grub with some good cold beer. We were at the local hangout, which according to Chris-Anne is a great pub to hang out in and is always packed after six o’clock in the evening. I do not remember the name of my beer, but it was a light Dutch beer and was crisp and cold, so it was perfect.

This marked the end of our short visit with Chris-Anne in Tilburg. Hopefully she will be coming back to Sweden in the future. She dropped us off at the train station and went to begin her Easter weekend as we caught the train to the airport.
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