Groningen Local Customs

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    Sculpture at Hereplein
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    Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 24, 2013

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in the Netherlands generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

    Two round pins system.
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    Hit the books!

    by Sprucebeer Written Jan 30, 2005

    Since Groningen is known for being a university city I have to show you a picture of the main building of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (University of Groningen) or RUG.

    Academy Building
    "The current main building of the University dates from 1909 and was designed by the renowned government architect Vrijman. The façade is adorned with five allegorical sandstone figures: Minerva, Scientia, Historia, Prudentia, and Mathematica. The aula has stained-glass windows by Johan Dijkstra, and a mural by Wout Muller and Mathijs Röling." from the University website

    Academy Building
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    Flower market on Good Friday (annual thing)

    by nighthawk Written May 6, 2003

    Every year on Good Friday we have our Flower Market.
    The city center is then filled with marketeers selling off their flowers and the streets are packed with people, amongst them many Germans who come here specially.
    I can recommend it, but be warned! it gets crowded so better not bring your little kids, especially not when they still are in a pram.
    Of course the terrases are open too so if you need to rest your tired feet you can sit down and have a drink.

    On the photograph the window of my favourite baker: baker Bart, right in city center, close to Grote Markt (great market square).
    Bloemenmarkt means Flower Market.

    Window shopping
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    Noorderzon festival

    by nighthawk Written Oct 18, 2002



    The Noorderzon is a cultural festival that takes place each August for ten days in Groningen, in the North of Holland.
    The heart of the festival is in a beautiful small city park, called the Noorderplantsoen, about 5 minutes from the city centre by foot.
    Got curious and wanna read more? Go here!

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    Queen's Day

    by nighthawk Written Jan 27, 2003

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    Dressing up in orange....kouk hakken .... mmm I guess it s chopping gingerbread with a split knife which you need to handle in a certain way to obtain perfect slices.

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    Candy at the Fair

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 25, 2003

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    Typical Dutch: Candy stall at the Fair.

    Try Zuurstokken, wijnballen, Noga......... and go to your dentist.

    Candy
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    Street organ

    by nighthawk Written Dec 27, 2002

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    This is the 'Pronkjewail' or jewel in yr language :-)
    It s an street organ and it plays real nice tunes. It always perks me up and that is why I always give some money to the man that stands with it.

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    Local food goodies

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 25, 2003

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    Just a window food picture at the market.

    Devil's food
    Red velvet
    Baklava
    Spekkoek

    and much more.....

    Yam Yam
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    Seafood goodies

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 25, 2003

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    Once you are at the market, stop at one of the fish stalls. Excellent seafood.

    Haring
    Garnalen
    Kibbeling

    Try it all!

    Seafood
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    Groningen is a nordic city....

    by carolineraat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Groningen is a nordic city. People say that the Groningers are more calm and reserved than other dutch, but I haven't noticed it!

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    There are about 30...

    by Umfufu Written Aug 25, 2002

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    There are about 30 windmillparks in the Netherlands. Most of them are near the sea / coast. Cause thats the place where you can find the most wind.

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    Student games

    by nighthawk Written Oct 18, 2002

    For the first year there were some cultural additions to the programme.
    Like Scottish field games, which explained these Dutch guys dresses up as Scottish.

    Look at the right... :)

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