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O, pragmatics.

They eat because they are hungry. Why would you spend an evening cooking, if you can just heat something up in the microwave? Don’t you just want to get rid of that hungry feeling? Why would you bother sitting down, if you can just eat while standing up?

They get a coffee because they need caffeine. They don’t want to have endless conversations in a nice little coffee shop.

They drink because they want to get drunk. There are pre-drinking parties, before basically everthing. Bring your own alcohol, and drink. A bit quick please, because we have to be in the club at 11pm, and you don't want to be sober there, and have to buy many expensive drinks there.

They go to the supermarket because they need to buy groceries. They don’t go to the Albert Heyn to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner separately, and once more in the evening because you actually do want a glass of wine, or some chocolate. Because there are no Albert Heyns here, but mainly because they figure that it’s more efficient to go once a week, and buy all you need.

It all makes sense. And it could save a lot of time and money. But pragmatism only works if you’re pragmatic. So I shouldn't go to the supermarket and only buy breakfast on Saturday morning, only to realise on Saturday evening that I don't have dinner, let alone food for Sunday. I shouldn't go to the beer store to buy only 2 beers, because I don't feel like drinking too much at that moment. Because there will be another party tomorrow, and the beer store is far away, and it’s cheaper to buy bigger packages, and I don’t want to go again tomorrow.

But it seems so much more expensive to buy a lot at the same time. And how I am supposed to know what I want to eat in three days? Luckily there’s a little supermarket on campus. Which is twice as expensive. I’ve got a lot to learn. 

Floortje Rawee

Name: Floortje Rawee (21)

Study: second-year UCM-student

Goes to: Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

From: 3 January until the end of May




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