State of the Maas | 3 May 2015

State of the Maas | 3 May 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    Far removed from the Randstad, the political, economic, and cultural heart of this country, lies the province of Limburg. In recent months, it appeared in the news only when yet another of its politicians found himself tangled up in a corruption scandal and/or conflict of interest. Its inhabitants, including yours truly, are o en ridiculed for their odd dialect and inability to speak Dutch in a way in which members from the country’s other 11 provinces are able to understand it as well. However, despite the somewhat negative image, cities like our very own Maastricht still manage to attract lots of tourists, who somewhere next year, would be able to enjoy the best public transport system in the country, since two months ago it was announced that a…
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State of the Maas | 27 April 2015

State of the Maas | 27 April 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    Ah, it’s that time of year again. Motivated by the sunny weather and by seeing the pros in Maastricht during the Amstel Gold Race last weekend, the amateur cyclists have taken over the roads. These individuals might very well be perfectly normal human beings while working their daily job, but as soon as they strap on a helmet, the rules of the road no longer apply to them. They scream at other cyclists, occupy at least 50% of the entire road, and in general act like they are Lance Armstrong in his doping-fuelled glory days. Luckily, there is a movement going on right now to bring them back from the throne upon which they placed themselves, called “chicked”. This essentially boils down to female cyclists overtaking these men, and…
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