Bert van der Veen - “Bad news: time flies. Good news: you’re the pilot.”


Bert van der Veen

My name is Bert van der Veen and I am a 24 year old European Studies student from the Netherlands. Currently I am interning as an Erasmus intern at the International Office of Maynooth University. I will be staying in Ireland until the end of February and after that, I will go to Berlin for five months to study international communication.

So, I thought it would be nice to start of this blog with a quote, because it’s true. These six months have flown by so quickly, but luckily, I’m the pilot J. That’s one thing I definitely discovered while being here in Ireland. When I first came to Maynooth in September, the end of February seemed so far away. But now that it’s nearly here and I realise that I actually don’t want to go yet… Even though my next stop is Berlin and that will be amazing. I enjoyed myself so much here.

The month started off with (again) a visit from friends. We had (again) a fine dinner at ‘Mexico to Rome’, and went (also again) to Howth. Still, Howth is always so pretty. I could go there every week to be honest. I also went again to Glendalough, but this time, the sun shone and it was dry. It was really pretty! It’s already pretty with bad weather, but with the sun out it’s just amazing (see the picture and dream away). The tour guide that was with us was also interesting to listen to. He told a lot about the old monastery and Irish culture while we were there, so that was quite interesting. So, you should really go here once if you are in Ireland.

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I’ve also went to the Castletown House grounds for the very last time. It is just so beautiful out there and you could walk for hours on those grounds. Especially if you’re as lucky as I was that weekend, as the sun shone. We basically walked in our sweaters, because it was too hot for a coat (isn’t that lovely for Ireland in Winter?).