Meeting up in Maastricht

Trip Start Dec 19, 2011
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Trip End Oct 05, 2012


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday 5th April

Woke up just in time to shower and pack before having to check out. Headed out to the supermarket to grab some breaky and ate it on the pathway with my German roommates again (they were also checking out as they were heading back to their home – Munich).  After our parkbench breaky we parted ways as they headed to the airport and I headed to the train station.  I got my train ticket and after a short wait got my train to Leige which is where I had to change to get the train to Maastricht.  After a short wait in Leige I hopped on my next train and an hour later arrived back in Holland in the town of Maastrict (which is in the very south of Holland in the little bit that sticks out).   I found my way to my hostel where I checked in and chilled out for a while.  It's a very nice hostel that is right on the river and even has a terrace over the river from the bar area.  It’s clean and big and has a nice common bar area but it is one of those big chain hostels that have so many people including school groups etc that its not all that friendly and you don’t really meet anyone there.   Anyway, after a bit of a rest and lots of blogging I met Saskia (an old friend from Canberra) out the front of my hostel and we went for a walk into town where we had dinner and drinks at a nice student restaurant/bar.  We talked about everything for hours before heading back to the hostel to go to bed.

Friday 6th April

Unfortunately for my Good Friday I wasn’t as good as I should have been as I began the day by accidentally eating ham on my bread for breaky (totally forgot it was Good Friday until after breakfast :S oops).  Anyway, it was a very nice breakfast spread with a lot of different stuff and they had rolls as well as bread so I sneakily made myself a roll for lunch which was good.  After breaky I headed out to explore the town.  The hostel is just outside of the old 'city wall’ so it was very close to everything (as everything is close in Maastricht really).  Anyway I first walked through some beautiful parkland with blossoming trees and pretty ponds and one of the parks has a fenced area that holds numerous animals such as deer, goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, geese and even a (whats that bird with the massive fan tail that it puts up … oh! Peacock lol).
So that was really cute, and then past that theres a big circle area fenced off and inside it is a fake dead almost life size giraffe and a girl crying over it.  Apparently it has something to do with animal cruelty or keeping animals in cages or something :S not sure.  Interesting random thing in the park though!  I then took a cute little bridge over the moat through the city wall into the main town where I wandered the numerous little town squares. 


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The main square had the big cathedral in it which was red which I thought was pretty cool and unique to all the other old buildings in Europe.  The other squares also had nice old buildings and in between the squares there were small cobbled streets. 
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 I stumbled accross a big marketplace while lots of stalls selling all sorts from meats and foods to flowers and coloured eggs for easter.  Other things I noticed they sell for easter (moreso in bakeries and supermarkets than these markets) are little bread things (look like sweet bread rolls) in the shape of a rabit or a chicken.
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Also during my walk I stopped by a Carrefour (supermarket) to pick up 3 boxes of Hagelslag to send back home which I then carried around (with no bag as you have to pay for them) the whole town.   After a decent amount of wandering I went back to hostel for a bit of a break and to drop off the Hagelslag (this is after wandering for ages trying to find the post office and then realising I’ve walked past it three times because its closed due to construction!  Anyway, after an hour or so at the hostel I met Saskia who lent me her bike for the afternoon (thanks Sas!) which was nice.  I rode down the river to a place called St Pieters which has caves (which I didn’t get to go to) and a big fortress surrounded by big paddocks of nothing. 
  
I then rode back into town and then West all the way until I went over a big river and passed the Netherlands/Belgium border. 
  
I rode through the small Belgian town for a while before turning around and coming back into Netherlands and riding back to the hostel.  After what was afew hours riding I chilled out some more at the hostel before riding over to Saskias apartment to return her bike and to grab some food.  We went wandering around the town and eventually found a little place to have some frites with mayo – very dutch – which were oh so tasty.  After ‘dinner’ and chatting we ended up back at the hostel where they were having some sort of random salsa party!  After checking it out it was time to say goodbye to Sas and go to bed for the night.
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