And now what? Although it might be a bit early to start stressing about it (after all I submitted my final paper just 3 days ago), questions about the future clog my mind like clouds in the invisible-summer Dutch sky. No longer a student, no more constant pressure for papers, PBL sessions and readings to […]
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I come from sunny Italy, from the area of Milan, city of football, fashion and bad politicians. Maastricht will be my home for the next year while I try to become a writer/journalist and attend my Media Culture master at UM. During my almost 27 years on this planet I also lived in Germany and Czech Republic, although my dream is going back to a Mediterranean country. In the cold, Dutch rainy days I keep busy with writing, getting upset about Italian politics and learning about archaeology. The past is always better :)
Entries by Claudia
For all of you still in town and looking for one more excuse to dodge your thesis, papers and study in general, the 31st of May is going to be a day to remember.
The 25th edition of the annual TEFAF art and antiques fair has just ended, marking the silver jubilee of one of the world’s most prestigious events in the field. Did you wonder why the air traffic above the lovely city of Maastricht had suddenly increased over the past week? TEFAF is the answer. According to […]
We students of Maastricht University live in the very heart of Europe, at the crossroads with Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands (the Europe that counts), the powerhouse of the glorious European Union, for the joy of the many European Studies students in town.
In the last months I heard complaints from peers students, and did complain myself too, about the study method at UM. I am not talking about the (in)famous PBL approach but rather about courses being too short and the lack of depth of the literature we work on.
Here the wind is a living thing, like an army pushing me backwards where I came from, and the wet cobble stones turn into a pavement of melted butter.
If there is something really good about being a student at UM it is certainly the opportunity to start a project in a field you really feel passionate about. Film festivals, online platforms, meetings and debates have been organised in the past year by students and with very good results. An interesting initiative for the […]
There were a Brit, a Canadian and a Frenchman…sounds like the beginning of a joke and in some way it was. We are talking about the International Comedy Night organised by Studium Generale as: “An express delivery straight from the UK carrying three comedians, each of them infamous for his own type of good old […]
In ancient times people built funerary monuments, palaces and artworks meant to last forever. Just think of the Pyramids or the Coliseum and then ask yourself what are the things our society will leave behind, what would archeologists find of us in thousands of years? The answer is bitter: garbage. Plastic bottles will float and collect […]
On November 13th the lightshow Lichtspektakel Hoofdwacht Vrijthof premiered at the Hoofdwacht on Vrijthof square. If you happened to be in the area around 19:00 you just could stop there and wait for the magic to happen.
I visited the World Press Photo Exhibition which opened at Centre Ceramique today. Luckily I joined the guided tour in English so I was granted the opportunity to know more about the background of many of the works on display.
Not that I am a fan of his but good old Bob Geldof had seen it right when, back in the golden Seventies, he wrote the song I don’t like Mondays. Although the lyrics of the song have nothing to do with my Sunday evening blues, as they actually involve a shooting and grim stuff like […]
I will not talk about the weather through stereotipical images: we all know Dutch weather sucks, although I was told that Maastricht is the sunniest city in the Netherlands.
It might sound paradoxical but being enrolled in a Media Culture master course is not helping me reconsider my (negative) view of Facebook.
Have you been wondering what the hell are those videos shown on the windows of many shops in Grote Gracht and Brusselsestraat these days? Did you walk through Vrijthof and heard some techno music coming out of the Hoofdwacht building and where wondering what it was all about? And above all, did you think that […]
As if I had not enough university-related things to think about, I decided to have a look at the new lecture-series about India which started last Friday at FASOS.
After one month well into my master I thought it strange not to have met any Italian students yet. Italians are usually everywhere in the world, so I was a bit puzzled by being the only one in my course.
Saturday morning, sun is shining out of the window. Woke up late but I still feel I need more sleep…better stand up and do some work, but before that gotta move the car. It’s been parked in the same place for two weeks, got no parking permit because the car has a foreign registration and […]
Overwhelmed by the readings I had to prepare for tomorrow, I took the wise decision of giving myself a break tonight. I heard many good comments about the Lumiere cinema just down Grote Gracht so I gave a quick look at today’s program on the cinema’s website and let myself be guided by what in Italy […]
Hi all, this will be my first post and I really would like to address a question that has been haunting me since I started my Master in Media Culture at UM at the beginning of September. I decided to go back to studying after having worked for three years in an international call center in Venlo, Limburg, to start using my brain […]