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Where the hell is Wageningen?

As some of you probably know, I recently moved in Wageningen for my second postdoc. The main question was “where the hell is Wageningen”?

First hint: it is not in Switzerland (sorry Johnny to disappoint you).
Second hint: it is in the Netherlands.

Let’s see… Wageningen is right in the middle of the Netherlands, in the middle of a triangle with Utrecht, Arnhem and Nijmejen:

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It’s in the intersection of the well known Pumerend-Mönchengladbach and Friesoythe-Bergen op Zoom.

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And naturally, as most people should know, in a worldwide map it’s right in the centre of Canada-Russia/Brazil-Finland/Greenland-Saudi Arabia.

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The weather is amazing with sunny spring/summer and super dry and hot autumn/winter. Just a few rains when it’s really needed for the fields, but also in this case, the temperature is almost fixed on 20C. There is also a mountain (something like 30/40m high), and naturally the chemistry department is up there.

Speaking of department here some pictures:

Safety in the campus is one of the main concerns here. I still have to understand if this watchtower is for keeping an eye on undergraduates or staff members…. Anyway it will be very useful in case of zombie apocalypse:

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The second one is a bunker, no idea whatsoever:

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Then I found this wall, and I was checking if the holes were pointing to something in the far distance (the Goonies style):

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Jokes aside, Wageningen University is worldwide ranked 70 on the Universities overall ranking, and 2nd worldwide in agricultural studies.
The city has something like 35.000 inhabitants of which c.a. 10.000 are students. If to this number, you add the PhDs, staff members and other university workers you can easily understand that half (or more) of the population is somehow related to the University. Mainly the city is just like a huge campus.
The Veluwe is the biggest forest in the Netherlands, and apparently there is also a nudist beach somewhere nearby (for journalistic reasons I’ll check and report it later)

Fun with Flags: the city flag is just the polish flag with something that reassemble an orange on the top (but actually it’s a wheel). 

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Fun with Hitchhikers guide to the Netherlands:

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