Where to go during Festival Season

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The few months of spring leading up to summer and the summer months themselves are known as Festival Season in The Netherlands and our bordering countries. Also during this time, this wonderful country has many national holidays and days free from university (jeej!) for us to party!

Here’s a lineup of some cheap, fun festivals near or in Rotterdam for you to check out.

Kingsnight – 26 April 2018

This is the evening before the King’s birthday and so many parties already start then.

  • TIKTAK Kingsnight in Maasilo, Rotterdam €29,98
    (22:00-06:00)
  • La Rêve – A Night of Kings in Q-factory, Amsterdam €16,39
    (20:00-04:00)

 

Kingsday – 27 April 2018

One of the biggest party days of the year as it is a national holiday, celebrating King Willem Alexander’s birthday.

  • Oranjebitter at Euromast Park, Rotterdam €34,30

(12:00-22:00)

  • Kroon Festival at Willemsplein, Rotterdam €16,25

(13:00-23:00)

  • Dancetour at Spuiboulevard, Dordrecht FREE
    (16:00-21:00)

 

Liberation Day – 5 May 2018

The fifth of May is also a day for celebration as the whole of the Netherlands was liberated by the French and the British in the Second World War.

  • Bevrijdingsfestival in Euromast Park, Rotterdam FREE

(12:00-23:00)

  • Thuishaven 5 Years in Thuishaven, Amsterdam €15

(13:00-06:00)

 

Summer!

  • Expedition Festival in Vroesenpark, Rotterdam €22

7th of July (13:00-23:00)

  • Triangle x Woest & Wild Festival in Roel Langerakpark, Rotterdam €29.50

21st of July (12:00-23:00)

  • Crazy Sexy Cool Festival in Zuiderpark, Rotterdam €25

4th of August 2018 (12:00-23:00)

 

So make the most of your days off by going to one of these fun events. Fingers crossed that the weather will be okay!

 

Humans of IBCoM – Meet Sofian Netta

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Although the spring officially has begun, the weather has decided to keep us in the grey winter mood. Thankfully I received a little sun myself from Sofian’s smile when I had the chance to talk to him this week. Hearing what he has been up to this year, I’m surprised he actually had the time to talk to us. Currently, Sofian is not just doing IBCoM, but also the double degree in Philosophy and even a Bachelor’s in Economics at a university in Germany. What more does he want to learn?

“I would really like to speak Chinese. I don’t know why, but I really would like to. The first thing I would like to learn to say is ‘I would like to order this or that food’, and ‘how much is it?’. I love Chinese food and I would like to be more knowledgeable about the language. Also I think it would be really fun to go to Chinese restaurant here in Rotterdam and speak to them in Chinese. They would hopefully really appreciate it.”

Although he cannot speak Chinese (yet), Sofian did tell us about something else he learned. A talent of his that not many people might expect from him. “I went to a music preschool of some sort and said I wanted to learn an instrument, I just didn’t know what instrument. My teacher then suggested to learn to play the violin, which turned out to be a good choice. After that, I played it for about twelve or fourteen years, and I was actually really good at it!”

“At some point, however, I didn’t want to do it anymore, because I had a really strict Russian violin teacher. It took me a lot of time, practising everyday, for at least one or two hours. Especially when I got into puberty, I was done with it. However, now I regret that I quit, because I was really enjoying it at the time and I feel like I’m never going to get as good as I was back then. I grew up with it, but now that there has been such a long break since I played, I kind of lost the feeling in my fingers.”

When asked what the craziest thing that happened to him was since he started studying IBCoM, Sofian remembered his roommate experience during the first year. “My experience of starting to live with other people as roommates was really bad at the start. We did not get along at all and throughout the year it even got worse. One time, in the beginning, I tried to be nice and went to the market to buy food for all of us and some flowers, and I placed them in the living room. But my roommates were getting really mad about me getting flowers. They were literary screaming at me. I still don’t understand why they got mad over that.”

Fortunately, Sofian kept smiling throughout both his first and second year of IBCoM and I cannot remember a time I have seen him without a smile on his face. There are many small things in life that make Sofian smile constantly. We should all enjoy the small miracles and happy moments in life, which can be found anywhere, as Sofian noticed. “When I’m waiting for the metro and I’m standing right at the point where the door stops, that makes me really happy. It is the most satisfying thing ever.”

The Resurrection of Polak

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After months of deliberating to find study spaces, finding quiet hidden spots that would eventually be found by others, and the opening of the P-Building with multiple silent study rooms, the wait is almost over.

The Polak building, well known and loved by all Erasmus students, even more so after its abrupt evacuation mid-October, will be back to support all the eager students starting the 3rd of April. The building was closed for renovations after it was made aware that its floor construction was similar to the one at Eindhoven Airport which collapsed May of 2017. To counteract this, steel beams were added to reinforce the floor at Polak, and currently the building is being cleaned out for its reopening.

Over 600 study spaces and multiple tutorial rooms will open on the 3rd, but the rest of the shops will trickle in slowly. Hairdesign by Lydia will arrive first, and then on the 23rd of April the Copyshop, Randstad, and the Study Store will re-locate into Polak. Make sure not to forget those dates in case you have to print an assignment or two from the Copyshop!

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Many students are relieved with the reopening after the months of deliberating to find study spaces, and with the influx of exchange and HBO students that too need places to study. Furthermore, the beautiful piece of architecture (although some contest) has been missed by students for its aesthetically pleasing backdrop for not just studying, but also Instagram photoshoots. I, personally, am excited to walk through the slightly confusing staircases to look for spaces, which will be filled up almost immediately as I close in on them. So, may the odds be ever in your favor.

pasted image 0So look out on your social media – Instagram stories and Snapchat stories – for more shots of the beautiful building, be ready for more accessible study areas where there are available charging ports. But beware, finding spots is still going to be a cutthroat competition so make sure to try to get spots as early as possible and take care of your belongings while you are there. To make your life easier, try to use the EUR Study Rooms app (iOS and Android) to find the optimum times to study in the spots you most desire.