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Summer activities in Weert - 2020

New season, new routine. 

Summer is here and it feels like you are living a completely different life than a few months ago. When the sun shines, the Netherlands is really quite pretty. I did visit Europe in summer several times before we made our official move here. I never understood when people say ‘Nothing Beats the European summer’. After two years of summer here, I must admit that it is quite something. 

As soon as the weather gets warmer, the people do too! Have you ever notice that you’ll find strangers around Weert smiling from cheek to cheek when the sun is shining? 

It’s a thing! I also notice that when the leaves started to fall in October the jolly mood slowly disappearing with it too. 

In my opinion with the weather change, our activities change too. Suddenly there are so many things to explore and do around Weert; even during COVID-19 period. 

It’s never too late to start something new...

With so many restrictions during this COVID-19 period. Here are some activities that you can take up this summer in Weert.

  • Karate 

Shotokan Karate Weert practices twice a week. But you can opt for once a week if you prefer. For this summer, the practice is hosted outdoor. It’s A Great exercise for all ages while you get some fresh air, tone up your muscles, improve stamina, flexibility and learn some self-defence! Some say that it helps to improve your sleep, help you to shed some weight and even helps to reduce stress!

Kuro-Obi – Shotokan Karate-Do is a non-profit Organization runs by a group of passionate sensei! 

The beginner class is on Tue and Thur at 6.15pm at the big sports field behind St Theunis. You can give them a call at +31 (0)6 1209 8991 to arrange your trial lessons.

It’s also a great way to expand your social circle if you recently just moved to Weert.

  • Cruising the streets 

Weert is quite far from the beach and the coastline area may be rather crowded for the summer. Instead of cruising the waves, try on Longboarding and cruise the street in Weert. It’s also a great way to exercise and explore the city. Find a nice and quiet area with a smoother surface near your house and get a decent board and you’ll be set to start your practice.

I find this cruising longboard is most inspiring:

If you are not intending to do some tricks to start with, an affordable board from Decathlon.

There are two Decathlon outlets near Weert. Decathlon Roermond is slightly closer, but the options are less than Decathlon Best.

There are many different types of longboards, depends on what you would love to be doing with it, you can find a simple guide on various type of longboard here.

PS: Don't forget to buy some protection paddings!

  • Forest bathing (shinrin-yoku)

Eco-therapy to get yourself recharged in nature this summer and leave your phone at home. 

“In the 1990s, researchers began studying the physiological benefits of forest bathing, providing the science to support what we innately know: time spent immersed in nature is good for us. While Japan is credited with the term shinrin-yoku, the concept at the heart of the practice is not new. Many cultures have long recognized the importance of the natural world to human health.” National Geography 

Where to go? 

  • Weerter-en Budelerbergen is slightly further towards Budel with sandy dunes.

  • Ijzereman is the closest to the city. I like the ever-changing landscape of this forest in every season.

  • De Groote Peel Nationaal Park is located in Ospel, about 15-20mins drive from Weert. have a little cafe and a cute nature shop that raise funds to upkeep the national park.

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