This is Beatriz
from: Cuernavaca (500,000 inhabitants and nicknamed The City of the Eternal Spring), Mexico
in Groningen since: 25th of August 2013. I came to study my MA at Hanze University and now I am working there as a project coordinator, I love it!
on working: Uff…I am what they call a “workaholic”, always involved in several projects, professional and personal. Apart from work i’m also collaborating with a Catalan colleague on a series of scientific journals. And for my free time I love knitting and crocheting, cooking and I started planting some vegetables and fruits for the summer.
on staying: We will be here for at least another four more years because my husband has just started his PhD on Renewable Energies. But I hope we can stay longer than that. We’ll see.
bicycle: I have a beautiful Gazelle with Mexican saddle-bags.
on hospitality: Once you understand that Dutch are not rude but too direct, you’ll be fine. In the beginning it was a bit difficult to adjust to the Dutch culture. Here you have to do things by yourself, no one will help you unless it’s super necessary. So in the beginning that was a bit difficult, but you learn a lot and now I can move in Groningen without having to ask anyone for help.
place: My favourite place in Groningen is Wolddijk, my street with it’s own windmill, sheep, horses and cows. You can go on walks anytime and enjoy the silence of the countryside. Within the city my favourite place is Noorderplantsoen. Every time I go to city centre I go through the park, doesn’t matter if I have to bike more to go to my destination. Crossing Noorderplantsoen makes me smile anytime, any day, in any season of the year.
shops: For art-crafts and DIY projects I looove Søstrene Grene and Dille & Kamille. For yarn, I always go to Achterpand | Lage der A 1-1.They have a very good selection of yarns and the ladies let me practice my Dutch with them.
coffee: My favourite one is Bij Britta. The place is so nice and the cakes are delicious!
food shopping: Mainly Lidl. I find fruits and vegetables really good there and cheaper than in the market sometimes! For meat we go to the Gildehuus butcher and for chillies we go to the Vismarkt on Saturday. There is a very good online shop for Mexican chilies (and some vegetables): Westland Peppers, they’re are cheap and fresh.
eating out: My favorite is Roezemoes. I love the stamppot from there especially the boerenkool. I know some people don’t like it, I don’t understand why! It’s the perfect combination between salty, warm and sweet. I went there for my 30th birthday and will go back for the rest of my birthdays in Groningen.
from home: Tacos and my family. Specially the latter because we’ve mastered the art of cooking tacos in Groningen very well, so it is something we don’t miss that much now.
in Groningen: Restaurants! Good, different, international, restaurants.
Mexico in Groningen
Mexicans: Apparently Groningen has the biggest Mexican community from the Netherlands (per capita, of course). However I don’t know all of them, I am not interested in Mexicans, I am interested in human beings.
food: Regarding Cantina Mexicana and Four Roses: I’ve never been there. Some Mexican friends told me that they’re not that Mexican but more Tex-Mex so they saved me the disappointment. However I like trying new cuisines when I go out. Imagine living in a different country and keep eating only what you ate back home? Why did you leave then? Besides, my mum sends me every once in a while a parcel full with Mexican goodies. Every time one of those parcels arrives is like Christmas! So I don’t need to go out and pay for the real thing, my mum has me covered.