Entrepreneur, busy mother of three (6, 8, 11) and Groningen enthusiast: Astrid feels completely at home in the city. "We used to live in Leiden. When my husband suggested moving to Groningen, I thought, 'Groningen? That’s so far away!’ Now we’ve been living here for 14 years. I don’t want to leave anymore."
Astrid says that her children feel really happy here. "They’re growing up in a safe environment with everything in such easy reach. The children love the city and like to go out to have a coffee once in a while. We’re really lucky to have everything so close to us.” Besides, according to her, it’s a big plus that the cafes and restaurants are so accessible for families with children. “My kids are welcome everywhere.”
"We prefer to do everything by bike. We spend a lot of time here in the city because there’s so much to do here. Our weeks are fully booked with fun activities. The children play hockey, take judo lessons or explore technical Lego at the Jonge Onderzoekers. Their 3D printers are awesome! We’re also outdoors a lot. We go swimming at the Hoornse Plas, or play in Kardinge, we take a walk in Noorderplantsoen or Stadspark. It’s so nice that you can suddenly be surrounded by trees in the middle of the city. ”
Astrid is very active in her community association, of which she’s a board member. "I think it's very important to shape your living environment together with your neighbours. Especially if you have children. If there’s something wrong, we can rely on support from the community , without us interfering in each others’ lives.
To conclude, she gives the following tip to new Groningers: "Make the most of everything the city offers. From its parks, to museums. Go and discover them with your children. You automatically meet other parents and your kids make new friends. "