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A peaceful and pleasant atmosphere

A peaceful and pleasant atmosphere

Favourite spot of: Paula Echeverría, law student “Did you know that Maastricht used to be a much-desired position along the Meuse? For centuries, the Dutch and French kings fought over the town and its surrounding landscape. As a consequence, Fort Sint Pieter was built between 1701 and 1702. It was built by the French and then overtaken by...

Overcrowded trains attract record number of complaints

Overcrowded trains attract record number of complaints

THE NETHERLANDS. Record numbers of rail travellers have complained about overcrowded trains in the past month, passengers’ organisation Rover said.
Digital detox

Digital detox

Maurits (24): “I use WhatsApp a lot and am also active on Facebook. I follow what others are doing and I regularly post messages myself. Obviously I constantly check my mobile telephone to see how many people like or react to my messages. It is taking up more and more of my time. Should I do something about it?” Ingrid: WhatsApp has ...

 UM lecturer wins Polish Person of the Year election

UM lecturer wins Polish Person of the Year election

MAASTRICHT. Kasia Czabanowska, senior lecturer of Health Sciences, was declared Polish Person of the Year 2015 in the category Science and Technology during a gala in a TV studio in Hilversum last Saturday. The gala was organised by the Polonus Foundation and the Polish embassy in the Netherlands. Polonus is a foundation that wants to boost the ima...

Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

A standing tutorial: is it healthier, better for group dynamics and learning? Experiments are being carried out at University College Maastricht and in the Maastricht Science Programme. “Sometimes I have classes from eight to half past six in the evening. Standing between sessions keeps me awake.” A tip: kick high-heeled shoes under the...
Splendid food, horrible service

Splendid food, horrible service

Sashimi, located on the ground and underground floor of an unmarked building, is a hidden treasure, just next to the Albert Heijn by the Vrijthof. With its authentic Asian atmosphere, you feel as though you could be in the middle of Tokyo. The sushi was, in a word, delicious. The fish was extremely fresh – a prerequisite – and the sush...

Pressure of suffering

Pressure of suffering

Julian (24): “I have made various attempts to stop smoking. All without success. After only a day, I am lighting up again. Certainly if I go out with friends, before I know it, I have a cigarette butt in my hand. How can I stop smoking for good?” Ingrid: Last year, I got myself a trial subscription at the gym. Nothing wrong with tigh...

“Supporting France doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world”

“Supporting France doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world”

MAASTRICHT. “The attacks on the Russian aeroplane, or Beirut last week, are just as barbaric as the one in Paris last Friday. But I know the neighbourhood in the French capital where it happened, I lived in Paris for a number of years when I was young, and I was there for UNESCO only last week. It is difficult to find words for the pain you f...
The Swarm

The Swarm

Recently I was tasked with booking a room for the annual gathering of the Bitter Humanists Association.  Being a student, my Humanist overlords surmised I had prime access to hundreds of square metres of ivory-themed real estate, a fair assumption, although the process was not as straightforward as expected. “It was always the rule that ...

A hot tip for Thai lovers

A hot tip for Thai lovers

Thai food is known for its heat. Taking out the chillies is akin to the line in the classic film Amadeus when Mozart is told that his work is good, except there are too many notes. “Just cut a few,” instructs the emperor*, “and it will be perfect.” But like the F sharps and B flats in Mozart’s masterpiece, the chillies...

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