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Scorpions, tarantulas and giant hunting ants

Scorpions, tarantulas and giant hunting ants

Eva van Voskuijlen (22), a Dutch third-year student of International Business who has seen 11 per cent of the world   Eva van Voskuijlen, a third-year international business student, recently returned from her student exchange in Quito, Ecuador. She spent almost five months in this South American city, and admits that it was quite a shock wh...

“I can do exactly as I want when I travel by myself”

“I can do exactly as I want when I travel by myself”

Anna Verhulst (21), a Dutch student of medicine who has seen 7 per cent of the world   Anna Verhulst is going backpacking around Canada by herself this summer. Although she is only 21, this is not her first trip to a far-away destination. It is not even her first trip alone. When she was in her fifth year in secondary school, she visited fam...

Visiting volcanoes all over Europe

Visiting volcanoes all over Europe

Réka Felleg, a Hungarian PhD candidate at the Accounting and Information Management Department (SBE) who has seen 14 per cent of the world   Réka Felleg’s love of travel began when she visited her family in Los Angeles as a teenager. “I lived with them for seven months and went to high school there.” In her free time, they ...

“Istanbul is bursting with life”

“Istanbul is bursting with life”

Joris Veenhuis (27), a Dutch European Law School master’s student who has seen 12 per cent of the world One of Joris Veenhuis’s favourite cities is Istanbul. “A great international capital city that is bursting with life. People might think that it is a strict Muslim country, but you see fewer head scarves there than in Amsterdam...

“London is the greatest city in the world”

“London is the greatest city in the world”

Elaine Hoekstra (25), a Canadian first-year Arts and Culture student who has seen 19 per cent of the world Ever since she went to Japan when she was 16, Elaine Hoekstra has had a taste for travelling. “That trip really put me out of my comfort zone. Japan is very far from Canada, in terms of both distance and culture.” She went on exch...

Off to the jungle and high up in the air

Off to the jungle and high up in the air

Laura Vervloet, 21, a third-year European Studies student from Belgium who has seen 17 per cent of the world   For Laura Vervloet, travelling is an exotic experience. In the last few years she has made trips to Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Peru. In Peru she spent two months doing volunteer work with a small organisation in San Jerónimo, helpin...

Looking for red crocodile eyes

Looking for red crocodile eyes

Karin van den Akker (21), who has just completed her study of Health Sciences, has seen 12 per cent of the world. Karin van den Akker hasn’t even been back a week, but she already wants to leave for sunnier places. Karin and her friend Marloe Leermakers travelled around South America for six months. They started in Argentina, having done a c...

“Not everyone in Brazil can dance salsa”

“Not everyone in Brazil can dance salsa”

Benedikta Heldman (21), half German and half French, is a second-year European Studies student who has seen 13 per cent of the world. Benedikta Heldman is certainly cosmopolitan. Her father is German, her mother French. Her father's work meant that she grew up in many different countries: South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Brazil. As a re...

Suitcase destroyed for security reasons

Suitcase destroyed for security reasons

Elian Bogers (23), from the Netherlands, who is finishing her research master’s in Health Sciences and her master’s in Global Health and has seen 11 per cent of the world Having been in India for only two weeks and you already making the local newspaper. It happened to Elian Bogers, who was about to spend four months studying at Manipa...

“All countries are on my wish list”

“All countries are on my wish list”

Chris Mercieca (20), a Maltese second-year UCM student who has seen 11 per cent of the world.   Only last month he travelled to the Balkans and now he’s packing his bags to go home, to Malta. Although some may argue that at 11 per cent, Chris Mercieca has already seen quite a lot of the world, he himself feels he still has a lot to do....

“I am looking forward to Vienna and Venice”

“I am looking forward to Vienna and Venice”

Anouk Smits (20), a third-year student of Dutch Law from the Netherlands who has seen 7 per cent of the world The most beautiful trip that she ever made is not something that Anouk Smits has to think long about. “When my mother turned fifty, I went to New York with her, that was super cool. It was really special to be there just with her. We...

Swimming in the clearest water you have ever seen

Swimming in the clearest water you have ever seen

Ralph Stassar (21), a Dutch medical student and vice chairman of student association Tragos, has seen 9 per cent of the world   Ralph Stassar can talk for hours about his trip around Australia. “I experienced so many wonderful things.” When he was eighteen – having failed to get a place for Medicine in the lottery system &n...

“You have to match with your travel companion”

“You have to match with your travel companion”

Polina Putrik (29), a Russian PhD candidate at the Department of Health Promotion and Education who has seen 16 per cent of the world   Polina Putrik has quite some experience with travelling; she has lived in more than seven countries, sometimes for a couple of months, other times even for years. “I’ve studied or worked in vario...

“Zimbabweans are very open”

“Zimbabweans are very open”

Suzanne Tossings (21), a Dutch UCM student and co-ordinator for AIESEC’s Outgoing Exchange, who has seen 9 per cent of the world.   What is remarkable about Suzanne Tossings’ map, are the countries in southern Africa. “I went to Stellenbosch in South Africa last year, as an exchange student. The semester ended at the beginn...

Studying primates all over the world

Studying primates all over the world

Sanae Barth, a Japanese assistant professor at the Department of Economics and postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychology, who has visited 15 per cent of the world.   Only South America is missing from the list of continents Sanae Barth has visited. Many of her trips were for research purposes, but she also enjoys travellin...

“Everywhere you go, you eat”

“Everywhere you go, you eat”

Catharina Rudschies (21), a German second-year student of European Studies who has seen 9 per cent of the world. After graduating from high school, Catharina Rudschies chose to go on a big trip. “I spent three months in Thailand, six in Australia and a few weeks in Singapore and London. I actually wanted to go to Japan, but the Fukushim...

“I like to be part of the authentic culture of a country”

“I like to be part of the authentic culture of a country”

Amée Leferink (20), a Dutch fourth-year UCM student of Social Sciences and also treasurer of student rowing association Saurus, who has seen 10 per cent of the world. Amée Leferink loves travelling. From North Carolina to Singapore, she has seen many different parts of the world. Her preparation? “I like to read up on a country before I go t...

Travel and you will grow

Travel and you will grow

Drew Reid, 20, is an Australian who has just finished his semester abroad as an Erasmus student in the Entrepreneurship programme. He has seen 6 per cent of the world. For Reid, the first associations with the word travel are 'excitement', 'uniqueness' and 'growth'. “Growth in terms of a person,” he says, &ldquo...

“When I have graduated, I will go abroad”

“When I have graduated, I will go abroad”

Joep van Agteren (25), a Dutch master’s student of Psychology who has seen 6 per cent of the world Although Joep van Agteren has been a member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) for years now, he has no personal experience of being an exchange student. “It's a great pity, but I just didn’t have the time. I went from one boa...

“Switzerland is picture perfect”

“Switzerland is picture perfect”

Michael Kaisers (27), from Germany, who just finished his PhD at the Department of Knowledge Engineering, has seen 11 percent of the world   If you need travel tips for New York, Michael Kaisers is your guy. He lived there for a few months while doing his master’s and returned during his PhD to live in New Jersey. “I was actually...

Exploring Europe in weekend trips

Exploring Europe in weekend trips

Martin Frost (30), an Australian postdoc at cognitive neuroscience who has visited 11 per cent of the world In 2004, Martin Frost came from Sydney to Maastricht to start a PhD. “I had never been here before. Actually I hadn’t travelled that much at all.” Something he has made up for since living in Europe. “I’ve been ...

No exit for 800 km

No exit for 800 km

Bart Heijnen, a Dutch PhD student at Pharmacology who has seen 12 per cent of the world A good combination of culture and nature is what constitutes a perfect trip for Bart Heijnen. “I don’t want to spend ten days lying on the beach.” What makes it even better is when some of the travelling expenses are reimbursed because he is a...

Meeting the locals

Meeting the locals

Jennifer Sellin, a Dutch PhD student at the department of International and European Law who has seen 12 per cent of the world   One of the advantages of her job is that she can travel abroad regularly. Jennifer Sellin carried out research in countries such as South Africa, Uganda and India, and taught in China. “I try to combine ...

“I can recommend couch surfing to everyone”

“I can recommend couch surfing to everyone”

Mariëtte van Loon (30), a Dutch PhD student at the department of Educational Research and Development (FHML) who has seen 14 per cent of the world By now it has been eight years ago that Mariëtte van Loon left to do a research internship in Tromsø, a city in the north of Norway. “I went for eight months, but I enjoyed myself so much that I s...

In the third class of the Titanic

In the third class of the Titanic

Phoebe Ellis-Rees (19), a British Arts and Culture student who has seen 9 percent of the world   Travel Europe by train – that was the plan Phoebe Ellis-Rees and a friend had last May. “We took a gap year after high school. We worked for most of the time, but we wanted to do some traveling too.” They chose InterRail be...

"Haggis is actually quite nice"

"Haggis is actually quite nice"

Ivette Deckers, a Dutch PhD student at GROW School for Oncology & Developmental Biology (FHML) who has seen 10 per cent of the world   It is very beautiful there and it rains a lot. Those were the two things that Ivette Deckers knew about Scotland before she went there to do a three-month traineeship  at the Centre for Pop...

Reaching the top just as the sun comes up

Reaching the top just as the sun comes up

Marijn Edelenbosch (22), a Dutch fifth-year student at the Fontys Sports University of Applied Science and a member of student climbing association MaasSAC who has seen 4 per cent of the world.   The past six years, Marijn Edelenbosch has gone to the Alps for a few weeks every summer with student climbing association MaasSAC. “The firs...

Aurora borealis, reindeer and an ice bar

Aurora borealis, reindeer and an ice bar

Roel Damen (22), a master’s student of Econometrics from the Netherlands “My longest journey was to Sweden, where I spent four months as an exchange student. There is a lottery to determine who is allowed to go to which country. For really far destinations, you have to have really good grades. I didn’t think that was going to hap...

“My Ford Escort completely broke down”

“My Ford Escort completely broke down”

Barbara Kuiters (22), from the Netherlands, bachelor’s graduate from the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and director’s secretary at the same faculty, has seen 8 per cent of the world   A Ford Escort station wagon, some camping gear, a tent and a map of Europe. Three years ago Barbara Kuiters and her boyfriend at the time ...

“In Israel rockets are as normal as rain”

“In Israel rockets are as normal as rain”

Johannes Federkeil, 24, International Relations student at UCM, from Germany   The idea of going to Israel came to Johannes Federkeil several years ago. This summer he put his plan into action and spent two weeks in Israel as well as Palestine. “It was not a journey without forethought”, says the UCM student. “I’m ver...

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

Kevin Paulussen (21), first-year Biomedical Sciences student from the Netherlands “I have always been fond of travelling, but I could never combine boxing with being away for a whole year,” says Kevin Paulussen. He is a first-year Biomedical Sciences student with a Top Sport status, boxing at a high level alongside his studies.  &...

“Africa is still a magnet”

“Africa is still a magnet”

Celeste van Rinsum (22), a Dutch master’s student of Health Education and Promotion who has seen 5 per cent of the world. “In between my bachelor's and my master's, I spent two months in Kenya. I had always wanted to go to Africa. The first month, I did voluntary work and the second month I travelled around the country. I was g...

An earthquake, hurricane Irene and Barack Obama

An earthquake, hurricane Irene and Barack Obama

Cecile Wolfs (21), a master’s student of Operation Research from the Netherlands saw president Obama speeching at the university of Richmond.
“If you get to know us you’ll see we’re very friendly”

“If you get to know us you’ll see we’re very friendly”

Madeleine Borgh, 23, from Sweden, doing an internship at CRISP/UM and Hogeschool Zuyd No, she’s not blonde, but she is from Sweden. Madeleine Borgh arrived in Maastricht two and half weeks ago and will stay for three months. An Occupational Therapy student, she is doing an internship at the Centre for Research Innovation, Support and Policy ...

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. This week PhD candidate Miranda Poeze who has visited all continents. Well, except Antarctica.
“We had the beach all to ourselves”

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. UCM-student and experienced traveller Roos Malmberg is first up.