To the movies in Utrecht city

After you’ve been running around Utrecht with your guests and you’ve visited all the churches and the nice cafés and had a look at the canals; It’s time for some relaxing. What better way is there than sitting down in a comfortable seat with a bucket of popcorn and a coke or a(nother) beer in front of a big screen?

The one and only Typical Dutch Treats Checklist!

Thursday's goodbye blog of Claudio might have made us all a bit sad. For many of us the time has almost arrived to go back home. And even if you are staying a bit longer, you know you’ll have to start saying goodbye to people you became really close to: your little Utrecht family.. But at... Continue Reading →

‘Dutch women behave like men’

This wonderful citation comes from Evgeniy Levchenko, a Ukrainian ex-prof football player, who’s been living in the Netherlands for quite some time now. A few days before International Women’s Day (8th of March), the Dutch newspaper AD posted an interview online (in Dutch), in which Levchenko talked about the differences between the men-women-relations in the... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part V

We conclude this five-episodes series (in case you missed the previous four, here are parts I, II, III and IV) with an overview on the contemporary history of our beloved Ultraiectum ad Rhenum! It is not until modern times that the Netherlands became a monarchy. Before 1795, the head of the state was rather a stadtholder, who... Continue Reading →

What to do on Valentine’s Day?

Some love it, some hate it, but it’s hard to ignore; on Sunday February 14th, it’s Valentine’s Day. In the year 496 Pope Gelasius I declared this date to be the day of Saint Valentine, but in the Netherlands it wasn’t celebrated until the nineties (if you want to read all about celebrating Valentine's Day... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part IV

Picture this: you have lived all of your life as a Spanish. You consider yourself part of that specific national/social entity, speaking accordingly the Castellan language and having completed your study path at the university in Spanish - after all, it is the sole available language for the courses. But, coup de theatre! From a... Continue Reading →

The stages of culture shock

Culture shock - it was probably one of the first things your teachers talked about when you arrived in the country where you will spend your semester abroad. It has four different stages, all with a accompanying mood; the honeymoon stage, just after you arrive, where everything is awesome; the stage of withdrawal, where you... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part II

Utrecht, from the Atlas van Loon So, in the first part of this series (if you missed it check it out here) we left our friend, the British monk Willibrord who, other than converting the Frisians to Christianism, founded the original St Martin’s church, the predecessor of nowadays Dom Kerk. However, this first incarnation of the... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part I

When you all faithful readers of ours chose Utrecht as the next city where to settle down, you probably did so charmed by its lovely canals, its dynamic students’ life and its prestigious universities. What you may be unaware of is that you also came to the ancient Trajectum ad Rhenum of Roman foundation, one... Continue Reading →

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