Farewell to Strijp-S in Style

How do you say goodbye to Strijp-S in style?

I lived in Strijp-s, Eindhoven for 2.5 years and saw the marathon runners and runners passing by, but never organized walkers. After my move I found out that the Eindhoven marathon has a walking edition the Saturday before the marathon. The perfect farewell in style!

Walking edition marathon of Eindhoven

So I registered for the 20 km. The perfect farewell in style, because with the 20 km you mainly walk in the area where I lived. So I went to Eindhoven Strijp-s for the start and walked there through parts of Eindhoven that I knew, but also pieces that I did not know. Even though I had lived very close to those places.

Farewell to Strijp-s in style

The weather was good, read dry. It was already autumn, so we needed a coat and sweater. This walk was also a perfect preparation for the 4 Days of Marbella that I would walk later in the year. The weather was not comparable, but the distance of 20 km was. Even though I would walk 20 km 4x in a row in Marbella.

The finish

The finish was great, because it was almost at the door where I had lived. So the perfect farewell to Strijp-S in style. What more could you want in the same street where you lived received a medal as a farewell to Strijp-s.

Bye, Bye Torenallee & Eindhoven!

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One thing I like about living in Eindhoven

There is a lot I don’t like about Eindhoven, but recently I realised that I actually like something about Eindhoven. I like that it is to far from Schiphol, the big Dutch airport for early morning flights. Because of this I get to stay the day before flying in Amsterdam.

Sometimes I stay with friends which is very nice, but a few times I decided to stay in a hotel with a free shuttle service to airport. So the last time I flew I choose for Van der Valk Schiphol again. I don’t get money for promoting them, but still I like to tell you what I like about the day before flying.

Check in time is at 2 O’clock the earliest. I try to be there around to to check in on time and enjoy my stay for the fullest.

After check in and putting my Luggage in the room. I go to the restaurant for my free drink and a small bite. The small bite is not free but good. After that I head to the swimming pool for a swim. If you are there early it’s not that busy. I swim for an hour and then head to the Welness for the sauna and turkish steam thing. A plus of this is that in the Welness and swimmingpool swim gear must be on all times. In Holland this is not normal for Welness, but I like it. Nothing to see what you don’t want to see.

Soaked and happy I retrieve to my room for some reading in the bathtube. Such a nice treat. After a good night sleep I am more then ready to fly.

Do you have a ritual before flying?

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When I go somewhere I always find out when there is a market. I love to browse markets. The market gives you a sense of life and gives you a little insight into the city and its people.

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Abroad, I usually buy fruit and snacks from the market to taste. At the larger farmers’ markets abroad you will often also find live animals that are negotiated. This is a very nice spectacle to watch those negotiations. In addition, in the South American markets people also walk in traditional clothing from the surrounding villages. You look your eyes out. Sometimes you are lucky and a local or a maternity seller wants to explain to you which costumes come from which village. Insiders information to feast on.

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I am waiting for the bus at the bus station of Utrecht Central. I get on the bus and it drives away. As we leave the station, I notice it gets quieter. Sitting at the station you are not aware of the decibels that are produced there, but if you leave it. There is noise everywhere, strange or not?

The whole world is full of noise: The murmur on the train of everyone who seems to be talking to each other at the same time. The noise in the morning announcing that the elevator is arriving in my apartment building. How loud that ping sounds in the otherwise quiet morning. But the most annoying sound is the sound that announces that the doors of the bus in Eindhoven will close. Is that possible at a lower decibel?

Listening to the sound, I think about noise that I had to get used to. I arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Every time you walk out of your hotel you have to get used to the street noises and especially the motorbikes and the honking. I compare all those sounds in my head and still arrive at the sound that announces that the doors of the bus in Eindhoven will close as the most annoying noise. It hurts your ears.

But actually I long for silence, not the silence of my loft, but the silence that you encounter while traveling in nature. I am again on the Camino de Santiago on nature pieces and on the deserted beaches of Australia and New Zealand. Oops, I’m traveling again in my head! This time looking for silence…. But Chile is a bit higher on the schedule to put the desert there and Patagonia must be wonderfully quiet. Book now?

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Culture shock

Then there is the introduction to culture shock! Not so pleasant, but it makes you think! While traveling I have never suffered from culture shock. Then the differences in culture are “adorable”, because it is equally fun to see and experience.

I have moved to Eindhoven since the end of March. Although the people from Brabant are very hospitable, living here is different from living in Utrecht. I miss the directness and curiosity of your environment for everything new in the neighborhood. In Eindhoven they first look at the cat from the tree before they ask you what you will do in Eindhoven?

This is not my first culture shock, but my second noteworthy one. On my 10th we went back to live in Curaçao. Where I had lived until I was 7. 3,5 years The Netherlands had Dutch. It starts with:

  • I spoke and speak Papiamento with an accent
  • After attending a small school where a class of groups 6,7 and 8 together had 18 children to a class with 35 children!
  • The sun was shining daily and it was warm!
  • The letters were written differently. I can still suggest changing the writing style why I write ugly?
  • They recited poems and there was a real competition that started in the class in which everyone was obliged to participate until the theater of Curaçao.
  • The schools started early at 7:15 already!

Now thinking carefully, I think that the cultural difference was greater than now! But I still miss the Randstad! Maybe just move back?

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