Life in Maastricht

In "Life in Maastricht" FASoS students and staff share what they like about Maastricht.

Typically Dutch

On Fridays you can be sure to find locals, students, and tourists gathered at the local Market, shopping for fresh flowers and in season vegetables like white asparagus. Surrounding the Market place, are authentic buildings that differ with decorative window shutters, which have been around for generations. While at the local Market, you may even hear an elderly man who is walking away from the cheese booth yelling back to the vendor “hoi hoi.” This is a standard verbal greeting or form of saying goodbye that you will hear here in Maastricht. The Market on Fridays is not only filled with aromas, vendors and people, but it is also filled with the standard form of Dutch transportation – the bike. The bike is a notorious way to get around the town, but since the town is approachable, many people find themselves walking from the Market to the Vrijthof square and then back to Wyck to head back home. These are a few attributes that as a foreigner from outside of the Netherlands and Europe you can find to be typically Dutch. The attributes that embody the typical Dutch are customs which have been around for a long time. It is through the interaction with the community that you start to understand, celebrate, and even adopt some of these customs because of how historically and traditionally rich they are. They have been passed down from generation to generation, and just like the buildings in the Market, these customs are alive and flourishing. Eating cheese, having fries cooked twice, kissing on the cheek three times to say hello, talking about the weather, hearing the ding of the bike go by, getting excited because white asparagus are back in season are some of the few customs to name that are typically Dutch. ‘Hoi Hoi!’

Anais Alvarado,Student Ambassador MA Art, Literature and Society 2018-2019