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    Budget Travel: Groningen, The Netherlands

    1. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      April 30th, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Wow – sounds super fun, Stefanie!!! Your experience with the spacecake sounds so much like my days as a teen: stuffing my face and sleeping for 14 hours. Yep, those are the exciting and somewhat groggy effects of marijuana 🙂 Thanks for shedding some light on Groningen – I’d never heard of it before!

    2. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Haha, that’s what I get for not trying things out in my teenage years 🙂

    3. E.M.

      April 30th, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Your last part of day 2 had me laughing out loud! A pancake ship sounds amazing. I love your detailed descriptions, it feels like we’re traveling along with you. Now I’m getting a major case of wanderlust!

    4. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Haha, yeah, I wasn’t sure if I should go full disclosure on my antics, but why not. Gotta keep it real for my readers 🙂

    5. femmefrugality

      May 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      I’m with EM! You’ve got great descriptions. It sounds like such a lovely town. And from what I understand, when you bake with THC it’s a lot more potent than just smoking it in any case…I can only imagine in the Netherlands!

    6. Stefanie

      May 4th, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Yeah, I was definitely experiencing something a lot stronger than your typical “high”.

    7. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

      April 30th, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Love the spacecake story and I’d be like you…I hate smoking so I’m sure I’d indulge in a thc baked good. Love the pics!

    8. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Haha, yeah, it’s a great alternative, but it definitely hits you like a brick.

    9. Shannon @ Financially Blonde

      April 30th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I have never heard of Groningen; however, we did have neighbors who were from Amsterdam and insisted that there were so many wonderful towns like this that people should visit other than just Amsterdam. Love hearing about all of your travels!

    10. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      I’ve heard the same. I would love to go back and spend more time traveling through all the small towns in The Netherlands. Just such a cool place.

    11. Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      April 30th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Love the spacecake story! 🙂 I have never heard of Groningen but it sounds like a beautiful city and the pictures are gorgeous. I didn’t realize you were a vegetarian. I still eat fish but I lean pretty hard on the veggies and it can be tough when you travel to find food that you can eat.

    12. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      They are pretty good in The Netherlands about delineating the veggie options on the menu. But I still had one mishap where I ordered a veggie dish and there was beef in it :/

    13. Lyle @ The Joy of Simple

      April 30th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      “Have you ever been to or heard of Groningen?” – No and No…but I now feel like I know way more about that cute little town than I did a few minutes ago…space-cakes and all 🙂

      Sounds like you’re having an awesome time Stefanie and thanks for keeping us in the loop!! The jam session must have been awesome!!

      Take care and all the best.


    14. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      The jam session was one of the highlights of my whole trip. Truly magical. Music and community are both so powerful- which I’m sure you already know 🙂

    15. Lyle @ The Joy of Simple

      April 30th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Indeed I do Stefanie 🙂


    16. Retired by 40

      April 30th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Hahaha! That is hilarious about the weed cakes! Honestly, it sounds like fun to me, even thought I’m not really a recreational drug user, either. Your trip sounds like it was fantastic!

    17. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      It was perfection. Sometimes you just need to sleep all day 🙂

    18. Pauline

      April 30th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Wow you’re lucky the weather looks so awesome. I tried space cakes once and just did the 18 hour sleep without feeling high or anything, just very tired. Should have a piece on the night stand for a sleepless night!

    19. Stefanie

      April 30th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Haha, not a bad idea Pauline. All natural sleep aid 😉

    20. Addison @ Cashville Skyline

      May 1st, 2014 at 8:00 am

      This portion of your trip sounds absolutely lovely! I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but I’m looking forward to making it there at some point. I’m not much of a smoker, but edibles are a different story! 🙂

    21. Stefanie

      May 1st, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      It’s a really fabulous country. I would have loved to have seen more ofit.

    22. Marie @ 724 Credit

      May 1st, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I just heard about Groningen. Wow, as I can see with your photos, it must be a very nice place.

    23. Stefanie

      May 1st, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      It really is a lovely, low key place.

    24. Liz

      May 1st, 2014 at 11:49 am

      That town looks so charming! You are really giving me the travel bug. Why can’t cities in the US be as cute?! I hope you enjoy Amsterdam!

    25. Stefanie

      May 1st, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      I think some of the older New England towns have some of that European charm.

    26. John @ Sprout Wealth

      May 1st, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Lol, love the baked pot goodies! I had never heard of Groningen and have not been to the Netherlands but I do want to make it there some day. The next time we make it over to Germany it’s definitely going to be on the itinerary.

    27. Stefanie

      May 1st, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      It really is a special place, I would love to go back and see more of it.

    28. EL @ MoneyWatch101

      May 1st, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      I never heard of that city. Yeah the consensus is right, funny story about the cake. Never tried that stuff, but now I know what to expect if I go to Amsterdam. LOL. Stay away from Sketchy. HA

    29. Stefanie

      May 1st, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Either way, it’s a good time 🙂

    30. Done by Forty

      May 1st, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I loved reading through your trip recap. Sounds like a fun time, especially the spacecakes and relaxation days! If a vacation isn’t for that, what is it for? Enjoy your time!

    31. Stefanie

      May 1st, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much. I think people sometimes have a tendency to overbook themselves on vacation. I always try to find the balance.

    32. KK @ Student Debt Survivor

      May 1st, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Never been to or heard of Groningen, but it sounds like you had a really fun time. Reading travel posts totally makes me want to plan a trip. I sometimes struggle with finding veggie options especially when I’m in unfamiliar surroundings (even domestically sometimes). I do eat some chicken, but no beef or pork.

    33. Stefanie

      May 2nd, 2014 at 7:41 am

      It’s especially tough with a language barrier, because you think you’ve agreed on a veggie option and then you find out too late :/

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    35. Amy

      January 10th, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Thanks for this brilliant piece, I’m planning on doing a semester abroad in Groningen and this has been really informative!

    36. Jasper

      February 21st, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Just read both this post, and the following one on Amsterdam. Sounds like you had a great time! I’m from Oregon looking to get my bachelors degree in Europe, and I’m heavily considering both University of Amsterdam, and University of Groningen. Groningen has a program more fitted to my needs, but I’m worried I won’t get the same immersive, exciting, “student life” atmosphere as I would in Amsterdam. Having briefly experience both cities, what are your thoughts on this?

    37. Stefanie

      February 21st, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I think Groningen would actually be fantastic. I really enjoyed the smaller feel of it and it’s such a fantastic city to explore- and SO close to Amsterdam. Either way, they’re both fantastic, and I’m sure you’d be happy in either 🙂

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    40. Brian

      February 16th, 2019 at 1:00 am

      Sounds like a fantastic find in Europe… a genuine experience!
      I am not sure why you are referring to cannabis as a ‘drug’? It is a plant… like tobacco.
      Look for to your next posting

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