Welcome back. Let's take a brief respite from the Pacific and head over to the other side of the world.
Broekhaven, The Netherlands, 2012.
Originally settled by Frisian farmers in the 9th Century, and later inhabited by numerous German settlers before it ultimately was absorbed into the greater Dutch culture in the 1700's, Broekhaven displayed a variety of cultural influences.
The city was the second-largest urban area in the northeastern part of the Netherlands, and the relative proximity to Groningen was a great plus to its economy. Broekhaven's busy downtown held a number of well-preserved timber frame buildings which had been converted into offices and shops. They were lovingly tended to and quite famous in the area as some of the best examples of older architecture in the region.
Elsewhere, on the outskirts of town, were fertile farmlands which stretched on throughout the decidedly rural Groningen province. On a hill overlooking the local farms was the Verhagen estate, named after the wealthy family for whom it was built more than ninety years previously.
At night, the narrow streets of downtown Broekhaven bustled with local traffic.
The suburbs, meanwhile, possessed a quaint and low-key feel.
Yes, Broekhaven was a lovely city, with a great location almost equidistant from Amsterdam and Hamburg. With its lush surrounding farmland, the cool breezes coming off from the coast, and a quaint Old-World charm, Broekhaven offered a great standard of living for most of its inhabitants.
But of course, not all good times could last...
Broekhaven, 2025. Broken. Abandoned. Its prized timber frames, once so well preserved, now quickly falling to decay.
At night the city is pitch black, with not a single light to be seen.
And by day, Broekhaven sits as an empty husk of its former self. Like Jefferson, California, it is deathly silent. There are no people. There are no cars. There is no sign of human life anywhere to be found.
It seems like there is nothing left in this town. Maybe we should move on to somewhere else- wait, did you see that? Look, over on the hill by the Verhagen estate! I see signs of movement!
It can't possibly be...
Oh no, zombies!
See you all next week