A pleasant surprise around the corner

in BEER2 months ago (edited)

One of the thing that I really love being abroad while travelling is the exploring of new places, new towns and new places to eat and drink and see where you all end up. This literally is for me the reason to go and explore the world, see what everything has in store for us. That is the ultimate vacation.

But why is that the end game when we are abroad, and are we so terrible in that regarding to places around our own hometown? Why do we see in another country this as exploring, and when we are in our own region we take all of this for granted?


In the search of getting to some cabaret entertainment, we decided to see a show in another town close to home, rather than going to the ‘big’ cinema in our real hometown. And before being there on time, hitting the streets there, go for a walk have a bite to eat and see how the old town looks like.

I couldn’t have been more surprised…

Just around a corner we found the most cool small street with terraces on both sides, plants hanging everywhere on the walls and from the balconies, music blasting out of the speaker and the smell of food coming towards you. Huh? Did I enter a hipster town somewhere in a big metropole? Or was this the small town around the corner and did I never know that it existed.

And…they had beer. And decent beer!


God, I just love the Lagunitas different kinds of beer and especially the hazy wonder is really an all time winner. What the cool thing was about this place is that they also had burger suggestions to go with your beer (or maybe it was what kind of beer you wanted with your burger, but I consider this the other way), and their drinks menu had also some interesting other suggestions which were out of the ordinary.

But with a Hazy Wonder and a small IJwit you just can’t ever go wrong. What a way to be surprised on a simple sunny day. After having had a whole weekend already with enough drinks here and there for me it was all enough, but this was a place where I would totally come back to sit for a whole afternoon again somewhere in the near future.

Biking distance? Nehhh not really. But who knows where you will be back here all of a sudden


And the cabaret? Heck that was funny to be back in a place with 200/300 people in the same area. I laughed my butt off and decided it should be good to book some more tickets here and there for some more cultural events and maybe even more in these smaller venues. If this is combinable with more of these pleasant surprises of finding cool places to eat and drink…I’m in!



dang, cool so happy for you siso. Also i am a nerdian too :P

Holland is maybe not that bad after all, isn´t it?

How are you doing chica? Haven´t seen you around, or I just didn´t notice, that´s an option too.

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All is well here madame and good to aee you again. I was around, but not doing anything cool haha maybe that is why we missed.

How are you then!! Hopelijk alles goed!

Im.gonna check out this listnerds when I get back, never heard of it and curious!

Voorzichtig met de storm morgen!

You are so right about Home country and discovering the most special things about it. Thanks for sharing your experience and to Hetty for leading us here thru listnerds

I just saw hetty and listnerds for the first time actually but gonna check it out for sure.

Home discovery is a good one and I really need to do this more!

There is nothing better than discovering something unique in your own locality. I love being a tourist at home - then I know all the secrets that I can share with my visiting friends - which are often left out of guides.

I dont know why I dont do this more often, because it is so awesome actually. And there are so many small towns which I dont know as yet.

More to come!

Sure I am looking forward to it. By the way, I live in Holland too but a transplant and I am always on a discovery.

Awesome looks like a great day out and good beer to boot!! :)

Lagunitas..my favorite I am telling you!

Traveling is always exciting and I think in every country there are some very nice and a little bit hidden places that are a bit hidden from the main tourist flows. Beers sure seem very nice and fresh. Have fun!

It was good fun so close to home actually. Thx for visiting and have a good upcoming weekend!

Looks like you had some nice time on your exploration

Why do we see in another country this as exploring, and when we are in our own region we take all of this for granted?

Thought-provoking question :) And why indeed? Well, we can explore in our own country too now that we realize this irony :)

I am a little lost on the living in Switzerland part, biking distance, and clearly Dutch beer. But well I am easily lost, as a Dutchie living in a foreign country exploring my city and its surroundings is always a great adventure. So I think I get the boodschap even though I am slightly lost in the details

I am thirsty now. I am going for a beer as soon as I finish this comment. Thanks for sharing.