It’s day #109 in Maastricht. I will back on the other side of the pond in exactly 17 days. Back to my routine, my regular university work, my “same old, same old” way of living. And oh man do I ever dislike the sound of that! I want to continue this journey, my story here in Maastricht for at least a few more months… I really cannot believe how quickly it has come and gone. I remember talking to my family back in September saying things like “I still have 3 months to go!” and “another 14 weeks and I’ll be home, haha!” When I said this, I could have never imagined how quickly the time would pass. So for my final post, I thought that I would share with you my last few words of advice. In no particular order.
Second period was definitely less stressful in terms of school work than the first period was. Global Supply Chain was a breeze and I definitely recommend taking it if you have the chance! Also, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship was very interesting and very practical! Neither had a final exam 😉
Cantus is a must! No question. I only made it to the last one in December; Christmas edition. And I wish that I could have attended all four! It was one of the best nights here. Singing at the top of your lungs, chugging your beers in one go, seeing others getting “punished” on stage for not following the rules… what crazy memories!!! And if you do it right, you can even avoid the inevitable hangover the next day.
Eat/drink/study at Kafethea. I love this cafe with a passion! Great atmosphere for studying or just hanging out. I spend entire afternoons here on a weekly basis.
Check out the Christmas Market at Vrijthof! It’s crazy beautiful with all the booths and lights and xmas music playing. And the skating rink is lots of fun too! I could spend a few hours there easily. There was even a Canadian booth there with maple syrup and apple cider. YUM!
I’ve heard that the Aachen Christmas Market is also a must see. It’s super close to Maastricht by bus and it’s supposedly the #1 Christmas Market to go and experience. Haven’t been there yet, but I’m definitely going to check it out this week.
If you’re into burritos, eat at “With Love Burritos” and not “Bomb Ass Burritos”. The first is such a better bang for your buck (or euro) and tastes 10 000 times better! Also the latter is all the way across the river while the first is in Markt Square. It’s really a no-brainer.
Going out on Tuesdays is something that I never really got into, although it’s a big thing here for exchange students. Most of the time, it’s the night to go out. ISN hosts pre drinks at Atlas every Tuesday so that’s helpful! I went out for my first Tuesday last week and it was really different than I had expected. There wasn’t much of a crowd at Complex, basically just our group. But I don’t think that is the norm. And the music there… I had no idea that Complex was all about deep house/techno music. Not one of my preferences but I can’t say no to a chance to dance! What I’m trying to say, in a very long winded way, is that you should definitely experience a Tuesday night out on the town with your fellow exchangers! I will definitely be cashing in my two Tuesday nights that I have left in this wonderful city to experience it all over again!
Although I’m uberly excited to head home for Christmas, this ending is unbelievably bittersweet. This is hands down one of the best European cities that I’ve travelled to this semester and I’m so glad that I got to call it home for the past four months. So long for now Maastricht… this won’t be the last time I see you!
Until next time,