Bert van der Veen - “My first ever Bank Holiday weekend, and other adventures”


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.

Two months have passed since I first arrived here and sometimes it still feels like it was only yesterday that I entered this office for the first time. By now I’ve settled down quite well and I’m really getting used to my Irish life over here, so that’s a good thing.

So, October was quite busy and filled with loads of interesting things. Perhaps that’s the reason why this month flew by so fast. Instead of exploring Ireland I decided to do a lovely trip to Barcelona where I met up with some friends from back home (one of them does an Erasmus+ internship over there).

Barcelona was really great and warm (man, I really do miss the warmth and sun sometimes) and I had a chance to see some really cool things like Park Quell and the Sagrada Familia (as my friend lives 50 meters away from the Sagrada). I also met some really nice new people over there and, for the first time in my life, I tried out a Segway. That was so cool!

Trip to Barcelona

When I came back to my internship at the International Office it was full-on right away. Our annual Study Abroad Fair was only a week away so there were many things to do. One of the things was completing the new study abroad brochure (which turned into my precious baby!).