Baby Goat Farm, Amsterdam

We all have a happy place. My mom’s happy place is on the beach, toes dug firmly in the sand. My Dad’s happy place is on the family room couch, eating Cheez-Its and watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees on TV. My little sister Jess finds bliss while cruising around in her car, classical music blaring. And my sister Liz comes alive in the front of a classroom, with dozens of young, eager eyes following her lessons. I guess you could say I’m a bit of an odd ball, as my happy place just so happens to be a goat farm.

Last summer was tough. I went through an intense breakup, and settled into life alone in Holland. But in all actuality, I wasn’t alone. I was surrounded by wonderful friends who felt like family – who encouraged me to try new things and embark on new adventures. About a year ago, my dear friend Bex, having also recently experienced the woes of heartbreak, took me out to her happy spot – Amsterdam’s (well, Amstelveen’s) very own goat farm. IMG_7819The goat farm is located in the Amsterdam Bos, and is referred to as the Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve (say that in Dutch ten times fast!) You can find a link to the Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve’s website here. It’s easy to locate – simply bike to the Bos and then follow the signs for the Geitenboerderij. Once near, you can’t miss the tall farm buildings, or the lovely stench of manure wafting in the air. IMG_7883In the past year, I’ve returned to the goat farm quite a few times. It’s a green gem of serenity hidden in Amsterdam’s otherwise populous city centre. There’s a field of free roaming farm animals, such as cows, pigs, chickens, and of course goats. IMG_7894There’s a large playground for children. IMG_7893And then of course there’s the goat farm itself!IMG_7895My favorite part of the goat farm is the kid pen, where all of the baby goats play. IMG_7823IMG_7864IMG_7814IMG_7819You can buy a fist-full of baby goat food for fifty cents, or you can simply wander through the pen, petting the little billy goats and making new friends!IMG_7874IMG_7875My friends Kira and Anthony tagged along on this adventure, and like me, were eager to get down and cuddle with the soft baby goats :)IMG_7881IMG_7880 IMG_7890Have you ever taken a selfie with a goat? Probably not. Well, let me tell you, this is no simple feat. I had a good laugh while trying to snap a photo with this little fella, as at first he was adamant my shorts were a snack.IMG_7868And then he rammed into me ever so slightly, jerking the camera down to the hay (seconds after this photo was taken). IMG_7871Then, just when I think we have almost rehearsed enough to have a winner . . . . IMG_7866He starts snacking on my leather bag!!IMG_7865Anthony had much more luck at taking the coveted goat-selfie. . . IMG_7861I mean who could resist with this cool dude lounging about v v IMG_7859IMG_7862After playing with the little goats, we moved into the restaurant for a snack. They serve and sell many goat products, such as goat ice cream, milk, and cheese. They also sell goat meat which I’d prefer not to think about, but you can get a full rundown of their products hereIMG_7851Behind the restaurant is a sunny terrace, where you can drink a beer as chickens roam at your feet. Following a few adult bevvies in the sun, we popped back in the farm building to check out the big boy goats.IMG_7837Although I guess maybe some were em, lady goats . . . IMG_7848IMG_7838And some were very very old man-goats . . . IMG_7846IMG_7841IMG_7835IMG_7857

If you’re interested in roaming with Dutch goats, you can find the Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve at Nieuwe Meerlaan 4, Amstelveen. They’re open every day except Tuesday, from 10am to 5pm. More here.

Do you have a happy place?

xo Ali


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15 thoughts on “Baby Goat Farm, Amsterdam

  1. Incredible :! Never looked at goats the way you do because, well… Because I am a village boy and I practically grew up riding goats (as a baby of course, not a 80kg sumo fighter) and buffaloes ;)

    Happy place. Well yeah… There is this place here in New Delhi, near Parliament. It is where we have a ever-lighted beacon of sorts in honour of our martyrs. There, I think, I am very… Nervous, and thrilled, every single time am there.. 😊

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    • that’s awesome you got to grow up in such close proximity to animals :) my exposure was limited to house cats, and now, living in a very stone city, a trip to the farm is a treat! Your happy place is awesome – it sounds like a beautiful sight.

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  2. My kind of happy place!!! The baby goat look so cuddly. For me..others include petting small kittens…baby sheep..baby chicks…what a theraphy…

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