My first few days in Maastricht!

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


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Teikyo University

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

We made it! After about 19 hours of travel time we arrived safe and sound at our desintation. It was Kelsey's first time flying, and she handled it very well! Our flight was very smooth...and playing Bejeweled and watching movies during the flight made it seem to go by pretty fast :) Kelsey took some pictures of the flight and  of when we got to Maastricht, and you can check them out at http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/kelseylynn/stud yabroad-08/1202519100/tpod.html ! Our taxi ride from the airport in Maastricht to our campus was very entertaining... we  somehow fit five people and ten suitcases into a mini van! Needless to say....Kelsey was pretty buried in the backseat for most of the ride :) The taxi drivers here act much differently then they do in the U.S. Our taxi driver was dressed in a suit, and drove a really nice mini van...but most of them drive Chrysler 300's...so Mom...if Philips ends up not working out you can always come to Europe and be a taxi driver in your mafia boss car :) We arrived on campus around noon...got our room keys and headed upstairs to unpack. The room was a little intimidating at first (our dorm used to be an old hospital!), but is feeling more homie with each passing day! We found out that housekeeping comes in once a week and "tidy's up" for us. I'm not for sure what that means in Dutch terms..but it will be nice to not ever have to clean my room :) After cleaning up a bit, our Program Director and his assistant took us downtown to see the "real" Maastricht. We went to this cute little pizzeria, and I had my first legal beer! The pizza was delicious, and the company was amazing! Kelsey and I made our first friend on this little adventure to the pizzeria, and definately see a great friendship blooming!
The rest of the students have been rolling into campus these past couple days, and we have definately explored the town and it's beauty. Maastricht is absolutely gorgeous, and the pictures I have posted do this town no justice! A bunch of us students went downtown to celebrate the birthday of one of our classmates. We went to a bar called the Highlander, and actually met a person from Missouri there...small world right! :) We had orientation today...and start classes at 9 am tomorrow. I have made soooooo many new friends and am very excited for a great semester! The other students here are so friendly, and ready for a great adventure! I miss everyone sooo much already, but know that this will be a great experience while I'm here! Stay tuned for more updates from our overseas adventure!

Until next time....  :)
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jeffvangerpen
jeffvangerpen on

luv the travel pod
luv the pics remember to send lots more and don't forget about going to class luv u and miss u dad

jeffvangerpen
jeffvangerpen on

wow you made it
Your Dad is here and he showed us your web page.
We're so excited for you. The pictures look amazing.
Are you going to have enought room on your camera? So do you need to get alot of sleep before your classes tomorrow. Oh that is right you're younger than we are. Stay safe.
love Uncle Jim and Aunt Gwen

jeffvangerpen
jeffvangerpen on

Love the pictures!
I love the pictures! You alllook like you are having use a good time! Good luck with your first day of classes Luv U - MOM

larklipfel
larklipfel on

miss you
Hey good lookin--whatchya got cookin? Hopefully somethin good :) Speaking of food, how do they feed you? or do you feed yourself? Anyway, just wanted to say hello again. I like the pics, your eyes aren't all squinty in them....nice....

much love from the US
lar

auntmarilyn
auntmarilyn on

Howdy from Texas
Wow, Uncle Harry and I are so excited for you:) Whose the good looking guy you are standing next too in the pic? Glad the first day of school went well!! Uncle Harry says don't let studying get in the way of our fun. We love you and miss you!!! Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Harry

auntmarilyn
auntmarilyn on

oops
Uncle Harry said don't let studying get in the way of YOUR fun:) Love, Aunt Marilyn

jeffvangerpen
jeffvangerpen on

from fizz
hey i hope you had a good first day of school. i miss you a lot. your bathroom doesn't look that icky,but then i'm not the one there using it. so my opion might be different from yours. i miss you so much,and love you so much. i love your pictures.there really cool.i hope you miss me. i really miss you. have another good second day of school love you brooke.
ps just remember i will always miss you and love you have a good day tomorrow.don't work to hard. ok. i miss you and love you brooke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lnielsen
lnielsen on

FUN TIMES!
Looks like you are having a blast! Maastricht looks absolutely beautiful! GET asked me to update everyone on your adventures at our staff meetings, so I will keeping an eye on your blog! Can't wait to hear how classes are going. Glad you are having fun! We miss you at the SAC! :) Lisa

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