For the past few year's I've been living in a cool little town in a very special region. The village, called Vaals , is located in the very corner of the Netherlands. Vaals touches both the German and the Belgium border.
While at home writing this post, I'm just about a 100 meters from both Germany and Belgium.
Before moving to Vaals I wasn't particularly excited about it. It was just economically and conveniently the best spot for me. Now, 4 years later, I never thought I would love this place as much as currently do! And that's all thanks to cycling.
See, when I moved here, I also got myself a new road bike and started exploring. Together with one of my colleagues I explored every road and dirt trail we could find.
My cycling buddy. Notice the Jersey :D
We had sunny days and rain. Days where we drank some beers in middle of nowhere Belgium some where halfway from home. Days where we got stuck in that some middle of nowhere Belgium with flat tires and broken derailleurs.
It ups or downs, I always enjoyed it. The first few rides from my new place in Vaals, I knew I would never have regrets moving there!
I mean, look at this...
In three months from now, I will finish up my job and move on to a new chapter. I'm not sure what this new chapter will be about, but I'm sure it will be fine.
One thing I also can say for sure, looking back at my time in Vaals, is that I took every opportunity to exploit the beauty this area has to offer. Below you can see a heat map of all my cycling activities in the area.
And a close-up:
I'm sad to leave this place, but I am excited for what is to come.
I say goodbye with a big fat grin on my face and a feeling of content... :)