How to ‘survive’ in Maastricht as an international student
Good morning, everyone. Here is Mariam. I’m the MasterChallenger of GLEPH, Governance and Leadership in European Public Health. And I am now today going to film this vlog to show you how international is Maastricht and get you inspired about it. When people talk about typical Dutch food, they typically mention ‘stroopwafels’ and ‘bitterballen’. But what why caught my attention are those delicious cakes, or ‘ontbijtkoek’. The typical Dutch will eat them as a snack in the lunch and they come with a lot of different tastes. And my favourite is the ginger one. And of course you can find Nutella everywhere. If you are an international student, you would love to have places where you can buy ingredients to cook a traditional home meal. Here is Maastricht we have an Asian market, a very big one, and also a Turkish shop, which is just here. Which also has a lot of mediterranean food. So you can actually enjoy your home meals from time to time. In Maastricht, you can find a lot of international cuisine. This is Bab Tomas, the Syrian restaurant. This is the Mediterranean specialist restaurant. And there is also another Asian restaurant
and a Korean restaurant. Just go with me so you can see it. Maastricht also offers an international church
for every Christian who would like to celebrate together on Sunday mornings. There are a lot of people from all over the world:
from China, from US, from other European countries. From Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Morocco, and of course myself from Egypt. When it comes to my favourite places in Maastricht,
I have two in mind. One: the bridge which I am on now.
It just gives me a wonderful view of the whole Maastricht. And I really love to feel the freshing wind when you just have your bike aside you and you walk alongside the bridge. On the other side this bridge also takes my twice second favourite place, which is Centre Ceramique. Come with me to see it. This is Centre Ceramique,
my second favourite place in Maastricht. It is a big library that hosts a lot of cultural events. I come here to study and also have the wonderful coffee you can ever taste in Maastricht. One bonus thing: it has the beautiful view of the whole Maastricht: the river, the buildings, the wonderful sky. If you go to the fourth floor. Come and see it from inside. Here I am in Centre Ceramique, the third floor. The best beautiful spot that you can see Maastricht from on top. And you can study, relax, or even just read some of the beautiful books. Apparently it’s not only me who comes to Centre Ceramique and study. A lot of students actually love to come to this beautiful building, to study, have a chat with a friend or even just have a nice coffee in a beautiful place. Thank you so much for watching my vlog. I hope you now know that an international student can easily survive in Maastricht and even enjoy. Now, I have a lot to do and I have to go inside and study. Bye, bye!