To truly settle into the Dutch lifestyle you need to own a bicycle. When I moved from the UK to the Netherlands I bought myself a second hand bike within a week and have not been without one since. I use it for getting around the city, daily errands, leisurely outings, even moving house (with a rented bakfiets). So last year when I had my baby girl I was faced with a dilemma: how can I continue using my bicycle while transporting a baby?
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The Martini Tower on the Grote Markt in Groningen will be open the coming Saturday (10th June 2017) to the public for free. At 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 you can join an excursion to climb up the tower to the bells.
Maybe you have heard or read about it in the news; the earthquakes affecting the province of Groningen. Or maybe you have felt one yourself; it can be alarming.
In 2014 I was living in Groningen city centre when a earthquake hit near the city. It measured only 2.8 on the Richter scale, and yet I could feel the house around me trembling. At the time I had not heard about the earthquakes caused by the extraction of gas in the north of the province, so when it hit I was not prepared and did not know what was happening, or if I should be running out of my flat, or taking cover under a table- similar to the panic I felt the first time I heard the air raid siren drills.
If you live in the Netherlands, a bicycle is one of the most essential forms of transport, but they still have to follow the rules of the road.
Below is an overview of some of the fines and penalties that you can receive for not following the rules.