I have never been to Christmas markets as beautiful as Maastricht’s. All the streets full of lights and with all those small shops selling candies and chocolates made me remember my childhood. We went out one week ago to take a look at the market at Vrijthof, to ice-skate, eat candies and jump into the fair wheel.
Although some things are expensive, it’s worth to spend some money to distract yourself of your hard study as exams are approaching. The views from the fair wheel are beautiful and though I did never ice-skate before, that was very good fun. Some crashes but nothing important.
Library @ the Church
Close to the shops and the main street there is one of the most pleasing bookstores I have ever been. I’ve been told that long time ago there were many unused churches here in Maastricht so the city though about giving the churches other uses. One of them (which I think is a great idea) is to build a bookstore where you can take a coffee or tea inside. Usually, on Sundays I go there after lunch to relax myself and enjoy the bike ride towards there as well as the moment I grab a coffee inside.
Another church I’ve been to was during the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Maastricht, and as the one mentioned above was impressive. I had the pleasure to meet so many interesting people and listen to very influential speakers. As always, I learned a lot of everyone.
Ah! I also won the StartUp Game that took place during the event, woho!
As always, here at SBE the week before the exams and the week during exams is stressful. Even though there’s a nice library close to the university it’s almost impossible to find a spots if you go there at 10am. I’ve seen queues of people before 8:30am waiting to get a spot… This is one of the things I may not like about the university, the lack of spots to quietly study during the exams.
During period 2 I’ve been doing Industrial Organization and Strategic Marketing and I liked them more than the courses I took during the first period. One of the most positive things I like from SBE is that no matter what course you take, where you are from, how old are you or what you have done so far in life that always you will be received as part of the “regular students” family and probably meet really nice and interesting people in your tutorial groups.
It is crazy how fast the time goes. It is impressive how we can open ourselves to people that we don’t know anything. All is different when you go abroad, especially if you go without any prior friends. You will share all your life to people that will leave after four or five months and vice versa, it is amazing!
The things I’ve learned up to this point from other countries or cultures have no price. I have the feeling I have been all over the world during these past months. From Shangai to Perú. From Australia to Canada. From Scotlant to Japan. From South Korea to Scotland. I am going to miss the people I met so much but on the positive side is that I do have friends all over the world now. Friends that may last for a long time (even forever sometimes… Who knows).
It’s been a really good time SBE, thanks for this time.
Hugs for everyone