(We shall see.) The name is Sophie.
People in Maastricht are always so preoccupied with explaining where they come from. And granted it’s complicated. So just for the sake of satisfaction I’m going to throw in a few city names as to give you a gist because honestly, does it even matter… Places I call home are Berlin and Hamburg, Germany, and Richmond, Virginia- not always, and not always equally. Maastricht has a special position, but it will continue to be my home for one more semester. And it better be glorious.
I live directly at the market so I get to observe a lot of things. I like being able to see tons of people but being distant from them, and knowing that I live at the centre of everything without being the centre of everything. I like knowing I can potentially do a million things, even if most likely I won’t. But above all, every time I look out of the window and see the market square and city hall I am reminded of how fortunate I am, and how fortunate we all are. After all, none of this will last forever.
There are a lot of things that I love. Some of them are people. I value good friendships and, call me old-fashioned, committed romantic relationships (I’m just weird like that.) Aside from that, music, movies, travel, and food probably give me the greatest joy in life. And then there are probably twice as many things that I hate, and I mean really hate. Some of them are people. And I don’t mean anyone in particular; I just often don’t like to be among them (I’m just weird like that). I live my life without alcohol and drugs. I am aware this makes me a rare breed.
All in all though I am trying to keep up my PMA. I don’t take myself, and life in general, too seriously. You just have more fun that way.
The places I consider home are Berlin, Hamburg, and Richmond, Virginia. My BA Media Culture program brought me to my most recent home Maastricht and it has been treating me wonderfully since I moved here in 2010. Things I am most passionate about are loud and depressing music, boycotting parties and alcohol, being a global citizen, and building meaningful human relationships. Trying to keep up my PMA.