The extraordinary ordinary in Maastricht

Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
Trip End May 08, 2008

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Hi everyone!
I am just sitting in my room here in Maastricht thinking of things to do to avoid studying, chowing down on my bag of Naturel flavored Lays potato chips :) (yes, they have them here--thank heavens!) I just stuck around Maastricht this weekend and had an amazing time. Everyday since I've been here I just thank the Lord that I have this wonderful opportunity and get to spend it with these wonderful people that I am meeting. This is our last week of class for this block so it's starting to be crunch time with papers and presentations and tests but everything seems a little less stressful in Europe so I'm not too worried.
After our trip to Germany on Thursday, we were all ready for some relaxation on Friday...aka shopping!! There are so many cute stores downtown Maastricht that seem to have all the latest in the fashion trends. I set out to find myself a European get-up and I got it--skinny leg jeans, boots, and a black turtle neck tee--classic Europe; or at least I like to think so. All the shops close at 5 or 6pm here though so our relaxation didn't last too long. There was about 10 of us that stayed in Maastricht this weekend so it was really nice to get to know some people a little better and we got to eat out at my favorite Pizzaria Napoli which was AMAZING...again! One of our teachers from England also stayed behind this weekend so we decided to all go out and have a few drinks at the infamous "American" bar, The Highlander. We all had a great time meeting new people from different cultures and some people that remind us of home as well. I think that this semester is just as much of a vacation for her and our teachers as it is for us so she was ready to have some fun :)
Saturday was pretty relaxing as well and we decided to go to the English speaking church in town that night. This was quite the experience! It was in a great big beautiful church, but we went downstairs in the crypt for the actual mass so that we wouldn't be disturbed by tourists stopping in (because we aren't tourists anymore!) The priest's first language definately wasn't English though and only a few of us were awarded with wooden kneelers. When it came time for the Profession of Faith, the priest informed us that he didn't know the english version so we were on our own!! Mackenzie, Katie, Sarah, and I belted it out though and we got through the rest of the mass just fine. It was a really heartwarming experience to see the little room crowded with people who weren't quite sure of their English Catholic faith, but still willing to sing acapella to songs and stumble through the Our order to worship.
We missed our 45 minute "feeding time" at the dorms because of church so we had to give European McDonalds a shot. This was disapointing :( It was healthy McDonalds....yuck! haha! No salt on the fries, watery mayonaise, a small soda, and a 15 cent packet of ketchup. Sadly I forgot to bring my travel size ketchup bottle, but now I know to always carry it with me - just in case! Meghan, I know you warned me, but I am still a little heartbroken.
Our group is into movie nights where we get the projector and play movies that everyone brought on the wall in the lounge--maybe it's just a connection to home that we like, but it seems there is always a movie going on. However, nobody is ever up for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory....they will learn though... Most of our weekend consisted of this, and it was a nice break from all the traveling we've been doing.
One of our classmates, Pablo, joined the club soccer team, so we created a mini fan club for him and went to his game on Sunday--this was a great time!! Mackenzie wrote a whole wonderful blog on this, so you should check hers out at . She has kicked her blogging into high gear and snatched all my pictures from me before I even thought to "blog it up". Her blogs are very interesting though, and according to mom, you get the whole story about me when you read hers...just because I've snatched a couple glasses as souveniers from my trip and Mackenzie is very good at documenting these occurances....
These are the extraordinary ordinary days in Maastricht: wine and cheese, beer and futbol, movies and friends -- what more could a girl ask for?? I am still love love loving it here and can't wait for our next adventure this weekend to Barcelona!!!!! We are going to Spain on Thursday and staying until Sunday--it's gonna be great!! I'll definately keep you posted and put up more pics--I hope you all are doing great and I will talk to you all soon!

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fredelthomas on

Relaxing weekend...
I could sure use a relaxing weekend about now... Glad you are still having a great time and getting a little relaxation in as well!

Jalen is feeling lots better already and is back to her old smiley self. We are planning a relaxing weekend at home this coming weekend (Ugh... It's only Tuesday). Keep studying hard!
Love you,

lesliebogie on

My Beautiful Sister!
Hey Kels. It sounds like your ordinary life in Europe is way more exciting than an ordianary day in South Dakota. Although, I guess we do have our new daily experiences each day here as well - Max keeps us on our toes! Love ya lots and can't wait to hear about your next adventure. Leslie

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