Today was my last day in Maastricht, at least for the next half year. I’m not finished with my studies yet, but I’m going “abroad” to Uppsala/Sweden from mid January onwards.
I subrented my room in Maastricht because it is quite ok and I want to keep it for eventually doing my Master’s programme there. I haven’t ultimately decided that yet, but Maastricht is definitely an option. I had taken out most of my stuff before Christmas already, but today the rest had to be picked up. That was basically my mattress and a few smaller items like an electric kettle (one of the few kitchen things I really rely on). Now I hope that the new subtenant actually pays the rent. One never knows.
I think I’m really going to miss Maastricht because it is a lovely city. Small houses, little streets, high prices :-). But the quality is usually really good. I had lunch at the V&D department store. They offer a “Thaise wokschotel”, a Thai wok menu, where you select the vegetables and the type of meat you want to have and they cook it live in front of your eyes in a wok. It tastes different from the normal food you get everywhere, although the ingredients (like onions, mushrooms and so on) are pretty normal.
The other thing I realized was that I hadn’t been to often to the shops in the city. First, as a male student you don’t engage in these shopping tours. Second, these stores want to sell something so you need money. That’s why most of the time I walked or biked (wait, biking is not allowed there) through the shopping streets was late at night en route to friends or a party when the stores were already closed.
More on Uppsala and the ongoing preparations in one of the next blog entries.