I could not imagine living anywhere else but in a city. Preferably Antwerp that is. But that only works for me as long as it’s in a city with ample green spots. The ‘Hobokense polder’ is such an area.
During my first summer in Antwerp, my girlfriend and I were enjoying a bike ride through the city. The idea was for her to do some urban landscape photography. Just before arriving at the Hobokense polder, riding next to the river Schelde, we passed an old industrial site from the petrol industry which supplied some nice photo opportunities. A few minutes later we were in the calm green surroundings of this 170 acres nature reserve.
It feels great to be able to enjoy the buzz of the city and still only need 5 minutes to get away from it. I’m no ornithologist, so I didn’t have a clue as to what kinds of birds I saw. The Galloway cattle running about I did recognize alongside the ‘Konik’ horses. There are also some remains of former buildings and a railway track leading to nowhere. It’s a great contrast to the old petrochemical sites next to the area.
Next time I will definitely arrange for a picnic!