Lost in Leidsche Rijn
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I am back in the Netherlands for my annual home leave!
During a home leave I always try to visit as many family members and friends as I can. Tonight I was invited by Wouter and Marije. They had recently moved to Leidsche Rijn, the newest borough of Utrecht, the city I lived in before I came to the US.
Going to the city you once lived sounds easy. But it turned out a number one navigational disaster. Leidsche Rijn is erected on former agricultural lands. When I lived in Utrecht there were just cows, canals, farms, nice small roads, and a lot of grass. This is all gone now. Many houses in all kinds of styles have been built. Some of the farms still exist others are simply demolished.
Anyway, my TomTom navigation system could not help me. Every time it tried to send me somewhere, the road that was supposed to be there was gone, blocked or would simply make me drive into the living room of a new house. Google Maps on my Blackberry could also NOT help me. The majority of the roads on Google maps were not constructed yet and directed me into a construction site, or towards a remaining meadow. And to make thing even "more easy" Leidsche Rijn is, like the rest of The Netherlands, over-organized, and comprises a maze of one direction roads or dead end roads. It took me 50 minutes to get to the place I needed to visit...
But, I have seen almost the entire new borough of Utrecht by now!