I didn’t realize it’s my last month in Maastricht until I received the email reminding me to write this blog. I feel really sad every time I am at the thought of this fact. There are still so many items on my to-do list. However, the only thing I can do now is make full use of every minute left and share my experience with you guys at once.
The first thing I’d like to talk about is King’s Day. No matter how many times you have been to Amsterdam, missing this so Dutch festival must become your biggest regret in Holland. MyBuddy Team organizes a King’s Day trip every year. The €20 participation fee covers a round-trip bus ticket, a big breakfast, and an amazing opportunity to meet a lot of old friends and make more new ones. Or you can go to Amsterdam the night before the King’s Day. It’s said that the exciting music parties already begin then. On that day, the whole city is full of orange. Bells sound, bands play, children perform, deals are made, bargains are found, drinks are consumed, and above all, love, laughter, and smiles abound. What impressed me most is the flea market in the Vondelpark near the Rijksmuseum. When you are bored with the noisy music parties in the street, nothing could be better than wondering in the beautiful park with the delicious homemade apple pies bought from the Dutch family’s stalls. By the way, almost all the stores and museums are closed to celebrate the national festival. Even though a few stores open in the red light district, I can definitely say it must not be the best time to explore Amsterdam thoroughly. Just enjoy a crazy Amsterdam with abandon!
Another place that is worth a visit is Keukenhof, where you can see the most beautiful spring in the world. The park doesn’t open all year round. The specific open time seems to change year by year. So don’t forget to collect all the information you need when making a plan. Besides the open time, tickets, address and some other basic information, the website also provides you a load of background knowledge about the history of the park. When you have a general impression on the park and find what really interests you, you don’t need to worry what you might miss and then can concentrate on the amazing flowers. I went there on the last day of April. Actually, it was a little late although the park was open until the mid of May this year. Many tulips had been cut then and the flower fields were not as splendid as what I saw from the pictures. I just consider it as an unusual experience since not every visitor has a chance to see those less than perfect but actual tulips. In addition, the theme of the expiration this year is the Golden Age, which was exactly the most familiar part that I knew about Holland before I went here. It’s so exciting to see something related in person. Yet, I highly advise you to plan reasonably especially if you are a perfectionist.
Finally, the examination is coming again. What seems a little weird for me is that the library is totally not as crowded as it was this time. I am always nervous when preparing for an exam. What’s more, as I said before, the course I took in this period might be the most difficult one in SBE. According to the old exams which the coordinator has uploaded online, I believe the exam must be a great challenge for me but I think I can make it. Now it’s time to say goodbye. Thanks for you guys reading ~~~