It’s Not the Place, It’s the People

There are days when I lose focus of everything around me and find myself transported back to that tiny bedroom that I tried to make my own in a town whose name I still can’t pronounce right. Everyone who has met me knows that I traveled to the Netherlands for graduate school. I don’t hide…

A Year In Travelling- Part 1

In case you haven’t noticed, life goes by so fast. One day you’re planning every tiny detail for your first trip home and the next you find yourself engaged in a discussion with a world-renowned environmentalist about how it felt to experience altitude after several months in the Netherlands. It’s funny to think that these…

I Have My Masters Degree: Looking Back

Exactly a year to the date that I moved to Maastricht to start this adventure I keep talking about, and get that highly coveted Masters degree, I got an email confirming that I had passed that pesky thing that kept me up for nights on end and had me learning complicated statistical methods- my thesis….

In Bruges: Not the Movie

There are two things I learned from our trip to Bruges, Belgium back in April: 1. The film In Bruges barely has anything to do with the town, and therefore should not be considered as good research material for your trip. In fact, the interiors are completely different than how the movie showed them to be….

A Small Note About Travelling

The first draft of the thesis is done. June is ending, and soon enough I need to start organizing and packing. It’s undeniable, I’m going back home soon and there’s a lot of bittersweetness involved- but I don’t want to think about that just yet. Of the things I will miss about living in Europe…

The Maastricht Mixtape

To celebrate the end of one of the most frustrating parts of my thesis, the literature review, I decided to do something I haven’t done in a while: start reading a book. Yes, I rewarded myself for finishing reading by doing some more reading. The life of a bookaphile. I’m currently engrossed in Love is a…

Bike Rides and Sunshine

I’m learning the hard way that my idea of summer doesn’t really exist in the part of the world that I’m currently living in. Normally by this time back in Beirut, the coat would have long been packed and plans of going to the beach would’ve been made. Not here! In fact, after a winter…

Song Selection: Plage- Crystal Fighters

It  pains me that it’s almost mid-June and I am still studying and have not been to the beach a single time- but that really can’t be helped because of how deadlines and Dutch weather seem to work. For someone who was born in January, you’d think I’d enjoy the cold. But I don’t. I…

The Long Way Home

When I first found out I’d be going to the Netherlands, I promised myself not to return to Beirut until the program was over. After all, I wanted to enjoy the full European experience, and that includes being in Europe while the holidays are in their full swing. Another factor that was considered was the…

A Modest Twinkling Christmas in Maastricht

Christmas is one of my favorite seasons of the year. It most certainly has to do with the lights, those twinkling bright lights that are hung up for almost a month. They just make everything seem prettier and brighter. I can’t believe that we’re heading towards mid-April already. Wasn’t all the excitation surrounding Christmas just…