Wow, this is my first post! Exciting, right. My name is Paula and I’m a friend of Jorina’s; we’ve known each other since high school. We used to write each other during classes and had a lot of fun acting stupid and serious at the same time. That picture over there is over more then ten years ago. I like to think I’m a redhead, but I was born bold and blonde.
Well, enough funny business.
I recently moved, to live together with my boyfriend in an appartment in Amsterdam, in a very green street. We immediately fell in love with the street, since they have frontyards and beautiful gardens at the back of the houses with some nice, long trees. Something you don’t come across that often in the city.
I didn’t even know it at first, but even the rest of the neighbourhood is very green. There are a few parks nearby, where I like to go for a walk every now and then. Especially this week, with the sun showing up more often and even brighter.
While I was at one of the parks, I found out they had a seperate area, filled with ‘moestuinen’. That is a Dutch word I can’t explain very well in English. Google says it’s supposed to be translated as ‘food gardens’, but that sounds way less poetic to me, so I’ll refuge to use that word.
‘Moestuin’ is the word for the type of garden in which you grow vegetables and herbs. In this case, it’s like a city gardening plan for people who don’t have any room for plants at home, but I’ve also heard of people using it as a cheap place to spend a sunny holiday away from home.
It was really amazing to see all kinds of gardens right next to each other. Apart from different gardening skills and that not everyone tends their garden that often, people literally planted their own style in a medium garden plot and connected different styles with simple pebble pathways.
Walking back home, I saw there was a little ‘moestuin’ right around the corner from me. There’s also a sign explaining how to become a member and contribute to the garden. It looked kind of dried out and underworked though, and not that colourfull yet, so I think I’ll just stick to my balcony and windows for now.