Last month I posted an article about my country, the Netherlands. But to make it a bit more detailed I am going to show you where I actually live: Maastricht, aka ‘Mestreech’ in the Dutch dialect we call ‘Limburgs’.
It’s September already and last week I posted that university was about to kick off again. Well, it did. And I am quite happy to have a normal rythm of going to school again. However, I am leaving next week(!!) again for my trip to New York for the congress. Well, more about that next week. But for now I am going to talk about Maastricht since I am fully back to begin my second year of European Studies here.
Maastricht is the capital of the province of Limburg. The most southern province of the Netherlands. We actually just ‘hang around a bit’ if you look at a map of the Netherlands.
The city of Maastricht is claimed to be the oldest city of the Netherlands, however we still argue about that with the other city that claims the same; Nijmegen.
In the province of Limburg, people talk in their own dialect called ‘Limburgs’. Which is a whole different language than Dutch. People from the north most of the times can’t understand that dialect. However, the different dialects in the different areas of the province Limburg also differ slightly! Maastricht has is own called: ‘Mestreechs.’
THE biggest event of Limburg and particularly Maastricht is carnaval, aka ‘vasteloavend’. This is an event of 3 days where people are use to wear customs and walk in large groups in a parade. This festival comes from an originally catholic fest. (please look it up, it’s too long to explain ;))
ANOTHER big event and celebrity and export product from Maastricht is André Rieu. The famous violin player who ones a year gives a big set of concerts on the biggest and most famous square of Maastricht, the Vrijthof. People from all over the world come to these concerts to see André Rieu play in his hometown.
Maastricht is also famous for its University. The one in which I study European Studies. It has several different faculties and a lot of Bachelor and Master programmes differing from Health, Economics to Political and Social Sciences. The great thing about this university is that it is very international and I get to meet people from all over the world. 🙂
I love living in Maastricht for its central position (20 min either to Germany or Belgium), the University and its international character.
Have a good week everyone!