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through the eyes of a graduate

Not just for Sunday

My memories of the first days in Maastricht are a little blurry. I arrived only 9 days before the university started. My plan was to find a room. Despite the worries everyone else seemed to have about this rather naïve project, I was sure this would work out. It had to work! As you can imagine, the days went by very quickly. I was still searching f...

#NewYearsPlans #Berlin #ReturningToMaastrichtSoon!

The holidays started off with a lot of thoughts, worries and plans circling around the city of Maastricht and my future plans i.e. find an internship; get a job (but first get my university degree). Those faded away quickly once I had arrived in my hometown, Berlin. It felt good to let go (for a little while) of my rather hectic and unclear future ...

Mingle with the Maastricht´s bohemians and hipsters

I fell in love with the Take Five on my first visit. They played Bon Iver´s Holocene, a little detail that I have not forgotten since. An artist and song that I very much enjoy but whose melancholic and slow music I would have never expected to be played in a bar. The family owned lounge/bar has two entrances; I usually take the one on the s...

A smell of spices and coconut

My feet follow a daily routine: they take me from the inner city library pass the medieval streets and over the bridge to the other side of the Maas. Again, I had lost track of time and ended up spending my day reading. After three coffees, a doughy oatmeal cookie and a lot of knowledge, that I tried to strategically stuff into my brain, I found th...

Drinking coffee surrounded by ‘wannahaves’

The concept store ‘Le Marais Deux & Koffie’ is one of those places that makes studying appear to be a casual leisure activity, taking place between artsy interior and coffee en masse. In the midst of clothing, art pieces, vintage bikes and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, a surprisingly calm atmosphere arises in the back of the s...

#Foodporn #Yum #Instafoood #tasty #delicious #eat #hungry #local food

There is not much to be seen when you look through the windows. The shop is very much inconspicuous, there is no name sign and the location does not help either; lots of other flashy stores are much more welcoming at first sight. The place blends in with the housing facade and before you know it, you have easily passed by one of the best bakery&acu...

Check out the vintage cigarette automate at the Brandweer Bar

Sometimes I go for a run in the morning. The streets are calm, I should be too, but I am all about tracking my time. Not because I am aiming for the ‘quantified selfie’, the ‘Hello there Instagram, check out today´s calorie burn’-photo, but because I look forward to reaching my doorsteps again and the feeling of endorp...

La (not so) Petite Piquenique Électronique

A package of my favourite doughy oatmeal cookies to the left and a full-fat double-shot latte to the right of my laptop will hopefully help me to inspect the colourful exclamation marks in my to-do list. At the top of my daily life duties: “think about capstone topic” (the UMC´s equivalent of the bachelor thesis) - think, think, t...

Because returning to Maastricht is not always easy. Thank you Bruis

Whilst having my second, let´s be honest, already my third coffee break in the Stadspark, I could hear them: techno beats blasting through the streets, bouncing back and forth between the inner city area and the police station. It´s not yet the weekend, is it? Well, I would know that. It´s only Thursday, Bruis starts on Friday. Th...