Christmas in North-America

Well yeah, I was slightly surprised when last week suddenly everything here was decorated in Christmas style. Light chains were put on trees, the stairway on Mont-Royal is decorated with Christmas tree decoration and in malls they play Christmas music. And when it started last week, it wasn’t even the last week of November. So yeah, it was a little weird. Read more

Canadian climate

It’s time to introduce you to the Canadian climate! Hold your breath, because I will take you from movements deep down in the earth up to the sudden temperature drops and raises experienced at various moments. Read more

Prison Reform & Rehabilitation

This one mostly pertains to me and anyone else interested in prison reform and rehabilitation but just thought it would be an interesting conversation to share 🙂 I was talking to a fellow student that lives in the guesthouse and he is from Quebec, Canada… and we were discussing topics for our senior thesis. He of course is writing his on some fancy (way over my head) accounting issue and I told him that I really want to write mine on prison reform and rehabilitation. He informed me that I should research the prison rehabilitation system in Quebec because it has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world and they have amazing rehabilitation programs for their inmates. So I figured… eh why not check it out. I was doing some research on it tonight and it sounds absolutely amazing! Here is what I found on their system: Read more

Montreal: the best is yet to come

FINALLY I’m able to write something about my first days in Montréal! It’s not that I haven’t had any time to do so, but when I had the time, I was so exhausted that I could do nothing but sleep. My biological clock doesn’t seem to have set itself jet, sounds pretty much like a jetlag :’) Well yeah.. Read more

Bicycles seem to be the dominant form of transportation…

Jarrett Fastman is an American undergraduate studying at Maastricht University through CES. He has been following our Summer Programme in European Studies and will soon start our Open Enrolment semester programme titled Psychology & Neuroscience in Europe. During his first course here, Intercultural Communication, Jarrett discussed the Netherlands with Sybrand, an international businessman born and raised in the Netherlands who several years ago relocated to the east coast of the United States.

Here are extracts of his conversation with him. Read more