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If Eindhoven would be a person, it would be one of those people who are ugly by all standards, but they don’t give a damn about stupid standards and are super charming and dressing in cool clothes and everyone loves them for what they are.

Maybe Eindhoven is one of those cities that look better under the rain; maybe it was the autumn colours, or the look and feel, totally different from Amsterdam — I don’t know what it was, but I liked it very much. It is industrial, yes, and grey, but also modern, refreshing, beautiful in its peculiar way, full of life.


The main reason for my day-trip to this city in the south of the Netherlands was to experience the GLOW festival. But I also wanted to see the city and visit the Robot Love exhibition. I was accompanied by a friend who shares my love for weird and geeky stuff and for shiny light art. As it was pouring almost the whole day, watching the rain-alert application became a joke, since it clearly couldn’t keep up with the movement of the clouds. We ignored the rain and the wind even when they destroyed our umbrellas, and had a walk through the city centre and the famous Strijp-S area — where we had a coffee in an industrial-looking-very-hipster-sort-of-café, while waiting for the rain to stop. That didn’t happen, so we had to leave, eventually, and we crossed the city under a menacing dark sky, on our way to a former milk factory where the Robot Love exhibition took place. It was a creepy exhibition, with more art and fewer robots, in an even creepier location. We loved it!

The dinner was at the DOWN TOWN Gourmet Market and after that we went to see GLOW (they like using capital letters for names in this city, don’t they?). Apart from being amazed by how many people were walking the festival route with us, I was surprised to see how vibrant the city centre was on a Sunday night. I almost felt sad to head to the train station instead of joining the party in one of the bars.

I want to repeat this experience on a sunny day, I’m curious what the city looks like in a different light. And there are many places yet to be discovered!

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