Anyone in or from Delft?

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  • As a part of my wife’s phd she’s being relocated to university of Delft for three months next spring.
    I’m not going to stay at hole alone with two kids so we’ll join her there. We’re danish, living in copenhagen.

    As such I wanted to reach ot and hear if anyone on here is in or from Delft and could help with advice etc.

    We need to find accomodation for three months.
    I need suggestions for stuff to do with two boys ated eight and three.
    I will also have to report to a local employment center as I will search for a job there to keep my unemplyment benefits.

    Any other hints or advice would be very helpful.

    And most important if someone wanted to meet up, go for a ride and a coffee or beer, let their kids play with mine that would be absolutely awesome!

    Oh, if there’s anybody who need to rent a furnished appartment in Copenhagen next march, april, may, get in touch.


  • It's not for kids or wife, but do enjoy the stuff yourself that TU Delft architecture faculty/berlage has to offer. Visit Rotterdam (architecture, nice city) and Den Haag (history, seat of government), both 15-20min away. Leiden is beautiful too, as is Delft city centre.

  • Thanks, I’m trying to pass on a bit of my love of buildings and architecture to the kids so I’ll drag them there. :)

  • Delft is indeed very pretty "micro Amsterdam" vibe and can be a lot of tourists there to soak it up too. I used to do a small cycle loop from Rotterdam-Delft and back for a quick coffee ride so a fairly superficial impression I admit.

    If you're used to a bigger city you might prefer living in Rotterdam/commuting to Delft, it's so close that it would be really easy. There used to be a big fixed gear scene in Rotterdam which would have been more useful than lufguss but the website for forum is now down-maybe @peter_v can offer some insight/other Dutch contacts over that way? then there's a few good art/architecture/design collectives/studios/coffee/beers/bitterb­allen in the 'dam too. Will keep you entertained if not your kids... (I'm sure there's lots for them too as they were always catered for at exhibition openings etc that I went to)

    On the other hand I'm sure the Uni will have experience with families doing what your doing and be able to offer some support/social connections but Rotterdam still close enough you could pedal over to go on rides etc.

    Sounds like a fun interlude for sure! Been applying for Interns in Denmark but they all seem to be in Aarhus unfortunately, otherwise I'd nominate myself as a very clean and respectful house sitting candidate... Never say never though ;)

  • Thanks for the insight.
    We have now booked a house in Rotterdam for the first two months.

    What do you actually do, über? you're in arts, right? Do you want me to look out for internships etc here?

  • Oh nice, hope you enjoy the change of scenery!

    Few recommendations I can remember are the Hotel New York for romantic outside sunset drinks or daytime watching of eccentric Dutch rollerbladers zooming about, a pedal through the Maastunnel under the river to Charlois for the lols or to Brasserie Koriander by an old windmill in a park for beer and bitterballen, or for real beer experience Locus Publicus has 300 odd Belgian bottles, or Belgisch Biercafé Boudewijn is another good shout for something traditional....

    Cycle wise it's all pan flat and can be painfully windy. Think there is a wee cafe out by Oosdijk called Werelds Aan het strand or something that made for a good round trip to the coast from the south or easy to follow the paths inland and find yourself in Utrecht or somewhere.

    I'm about to start gainful employment up here in the frozen Brexit wastelands for my sins, but thanks for the thought man. Hopefully I'll escape soon enough!

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Anyone in or from Delft?

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