It’s been about a month since I left my home in Texas to study abroad in Maastricht. Through this program, I’ve had the chance to visit some amazing countries and meet a lot of interesting people. However, I realized that I never took the time to explore Maastricht. In fact, the only places I can get to without getting lost is the Albert Heijn that’s located next to the guesthouse, the CES building and Vrijthof Square. But why is that? You would think that after being in a city for a month, I’d be a pro at getting around, right?
When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, it took me two days to master the metro system and travel the city without getting lost. Need to get to Piccadilly Circus aka London’s version of Time Square? Get on the Tube, take the Green Park exit and get on the train to Piccadilly Circus. Want to satisfy your craving for M&Ms? The stop after Piccadilly Circus is Leicester Square. In less than a three minute walk from the train station, you can surround yourself with four floors of delicious M&Ms.
Yet, if you dropped my off in a random street in Maastricht, I wouldn’t be able to find my way back.
It’s not that I don’t like Maastricht. In fact, I really enjoy it here. The people are nice, the city is beautiful and picturesque and the overall atmosphere makes me feel at home. But, with traveling every weekend, I never took the time to explore the city that will be my home for the next three months.
So, this weekend, I made the decision not to travel. Instead, I opted to walk. Walk around Maastricht and familiarize myself with this quaint city. So for those of you that are pros at getting around in Maastricht, let me know some cool and interesting places I should check out. While you’re at it, it’s probably best that you include some detailed directions on how to get there…
About the author:
Hello! My name is Walta Nemariam. I’m a 19 year old American college student studying at Maastricht University for the semester. When I’m not in Maastricht enjoying the beautiful city, I’m in Texas studying public relations at Baylor University. I love to travel, read, explore and play football (soccer).
CES students are bright and eager personalities from all around the world who attend classes at all faculties of Maastricht University through the comprehensive CES programme of their choice. Programme topics range from ‘Business & Economics in Europe’, 'European Culture & Arts', 'Psychology & Neuroscience in Europe', 'EU Politics, Policy & International Relations', ‘European Society & History’ and 'European Law & Human Rights' amongst many others.