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Aug 31, 2006 - Maastrict Pub Crawl

After a week of not doing much, Guus and I were invited to Maastricht by Rens to help with the Pub Crawl for the new International Students. It meant free beer which was fine by me so we headed down and met Rens and then went to the meeting place of all the 'Guides'. They were handing out the beer tokens to the guides and I was given a bunch and then a girl asked me something in Dutch which I didnt understand and then she asked if I was an exchange student and I said kind of and the guy organising the drink tokens said to her that I'm a...

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Aug 23, 2006 - O' Week in Maastricht

It was International Student Night at O'Week in Maastrict, it's the beginning of their Academic Year which was nicely timed. We headed down by train and I managed to forget my bag on the train which had my clothes for the following day in it. It was handed in at the end of the line which was handy though so I can pick it up later in the week. The night was good, it was a Stock Market Party so depending on what people were drinking the prices fluctuated, at a few stages beer was down to €0.60 a glass, which is the cheapest I've ever seen it...

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Jul 30, 2006 - Oude Wetering to Maastricht: Family day!

Mike here, Sara's back in the apartment we rented (Maastricht was out of hostel/hotel space) in the bathtub. She says she's taking a cold bath cause it's so damn hot! Today I drove Sara and myself two hours south of Oude Wetering to Maastricht. Maastricht is like a dangling chunk of Holland that Belgium and Germany almost pinch off. I'm told that, to the Dutch, it's almost like a different country. The Maastricht dialect is different than regular Dutch, there's hills, and very few windmills. . It's also my mom's hometown. After arriving,...

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Dronkers in Europe

Jun 29, 2006 - Maastricht

We went to Maastricht today because Guus had to see his Thesis advisor and I wanted to buy a SIM Card. It was about 1hr journey and I saw my first Windmill, nothing overly exciting but its something to write home about. The rest of the trip was just the Dutch countryside and no matter where you looked, you could always see the steeple from a church, both sides of the road there'd be a steeple in the distance. Maastricht is very old but very nice. There's still a Guards House there that has been there since 1298 AD. There's also a sign that...

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Feb 11, 2006 - Maastricht

A day trip from Den Bosch to Maastricht in the deep south was next on the cards. It is sandwiched right down the bottom of The Netherlands between Belguim and Germany - in fact, The Netherlands is only 8km across here at its narrowest! I was keen to visit (much to Meg's and Monique's bemusement Maastricht as this is the home of the Euro (the European currency) - I can hear the gasps of 'You are Mr Excitement, Dave!' right now... It turns out however, the Dutch aren't as excited as me and there is nothing at all there to commemorate this...

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Aug 27, 2005 - Kayaking on the Maas River -Eric

Today I went Kayaking on the Maas River. The Maas is the natural boarder between Belgium and the Netherlands. I went with Rich and Kelly, an American couple who live in Brussels, who Shelly met through an ex-pat web-site. We left Leuven around 10 am and arrived at the site around noon. It only took us an hour to get back because we took a shorter way and there was less traffic. Normally when Belgians think of the Mass, they imagine a river busy with barges. But on the section that we were on, the barges are routed through a channel so it...

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Living in Leuven

Aug 1, 2005 - Who's Who

Aujourd'hui 1er août, ça y'est le compte à rebours est lancé! Encore une bonne trentaine d'interminables dodos et nous décollerons pour le sous-continent... l'Inde, notre 1ère étape! Mais avant cela, une petite présentation de chacune de nous s'impose... Who's who? KRO, petit électron, libre dans sa tête... une énorme qualité: "TOUJOURS ZENNNN", ce qui calme généralement mes petits excès de colère :o/ (bhen oui je sais!) Aventurière et déterminée, Kro est la compagne idéale pour ce genre de périple. Agée de 28 ans, ses expériences de...

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Jul 31, 2005 - Tongeren, Belgium

Today, George, Eric & Shelly took a trip to Tongeren. This is a small town outside of Hasslet in Belgium. On Sunday there is Belgium's largest antique market with booths all over the town. The weather was not great with sprinkles on and off and we only had a few hours because we had to pick Ed up in Brussels in the early evening. After shopping we took a look at Our Lady's Basilica in the center of the city. Since they were in the middle of mass we went to the back of the Basilica to the Romanesque Cloister. Here there were many...

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Living in Leuven

Jun 14, 2005 - The Running Man Part 2

The Lonely Planet said that the were tunnels just out of town which naturally caught my interest. I'd called the Tourist Office in Maastricht yesterday and they told me the tour times and that each tour went for an hour. She also told me the place they left from. What she didn't say was that to get the 4 pm tour you had to be on the 3 pm boat, which gets back at 5:55. My train got in at 2:50 so I had a made dash across town to the river and made it just in time. The weather was perfect and the nice 20 minute boat cruise relaxing. I was on...

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Jun 10, 2005 - Southern Netherlands and northern Belgium

We scooted out of Southern Netherlands through Dordrecht - a lovely harbour town which we had to take so many ferries to get to - where we visited an old 'at home' museum of a former wealthy resident which had the best toy museum in it. We could have stayed there for a long, long time but they wouldn't let us play with the toys... We had a rare two day stay in Breda, maily because it was so bloody hard to get to - a short ride but in incredible heat (who would have thought, but then it was short lived) with a terrible head wind along very...

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Feb 4, 2005 - Carnaval in Maastricht

So I hear that Carnaval in the Netherlands is amazing. So we're off this weekend to experience the costumes and the madness, much like the excitement of Mardi Gras in New Orleans though much more family oriented... This is how I was convinced: "Hi Lenore, First of all I want to advise you on this next weekend. Carnaval is mostly celibrated in the south of the Netherlands and only next weekend, therfore I would advise you to go to Maastricht or Breda this weekend and go to Amsterdam some other weekend. This will probably be one of the few...

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Jul 31, 2004 - KBC Nacht Van Die Atletiek

Hasselt, Belgium We tramped into the lobby of the Holiday Inn Hasselt like a pair of grimy exiles from under the bridge. I sat while Drew checked in. People stared while I stared back, people sniffed and stepped over the straps to my backpack. My shorts were stained from dropped avocado, and my armpits had recently grown life of their own. Drew appeared much the same. We were leaving one world-the world of the self-contained, survivalist, on-the-cheap backpacker-and entering another, the European track circuit of hotels, lavish buffets,...

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Mitch Off Track 2004

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