What have i been up to lately? Well, I’ve been travelling quite a bit this period and travelling does in fact take a toll on your health especially when u wake up at odd hours just to catch ur planes/trains. But its all worth the trouble especially when you get to see new things and enjoy local delights.
Some of my favourite places include (in no particular order):
Edinburgh with its medieval old town and castle:
The Scottish Highlands, just pure serenity:
Barcelona, especially Parc Guell and the awesome food (tapas, churros, etc.):
Berlin, especially meaningful since i did take modern history in high school/ secondary school:
Oxford, UK, just being there makes you feel a 100 times smarter! No kidding! And also cuz of the places which inspired some Harry Potter scenes:
Konigssee, Germany, where i made an impromptu decision to hike up a forest trail to a glacier:
Well yea, theses are just some of the places which I very much enjoyed!
On another note, I did not have the chance to celebrate Queens’ Day as i didn’t plan ahead enough. The accommodation prices double during the Queens’ Day weekend! However,when I did get back from my small trip to Munich (where oddly so, accommodation was hard to find because Bayern Munich was having a match that weekend..), I was treated to a spectacular display of fireworks by the river Maas (river which flows through Maastricht)!
Well, apart from Queens’ Day, the Netherlands does have other events you could enjoy!
The 5th of May is a very significant day in the Netherlands. It marks the end of WWII. And to celebrate this, the Dutch basically hold many outdoor concerts and events throughout the day in Amsterdam! Most of the concerts, although in Dutch (but hey! its music so everyone can enjoy it no matter the language and who can ever say no to free concerts?!), are held in Dam Square and many other parts within Amsterdam. So be sure to catch them when you’re there! It was only by chance that I was in Amsterdam on that day as I had only intended to visit the Keukenhof Gardens (via a shuttle service from Schiphol Airport). So I count myself lucky for being able to chance upon Liberation Day.
Either ways, there are tons of events which happen all over the Netherlands so be sure to check out or ask the local students about them.
In slightly over 2 weeks time, the exams will be over. Well, I’m feeling quite mixed about that. While not having to study for the rest of the summer sounds like an awesome plan, the fact that the end of school also marks the end of my exchange semester at Maastricht makes it all so bitter-sweet. Of late, when I talk with friends, I subconsciously refer to my little room in the Guesthouse as home. How time flies, in a little over one month, I’ll be back in tropical Singapore. Whilst I do miss the Singapore, I am sure that I’ll also miss the fun times I had in Maastricht. Well, all good things must come to an end i guess?
Well if you ever do come to Maastricht just be sure to enjoy the city itself and not just study your semester away. Afterall, you are on exchange for a reason! And if you ever do visit Singapore or have any other questions about Maastricht, you could contact me on Facebook! I’ll be glad to help!