Bert van der Veen - “Reminiscing about January...”


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, January flew by this time. What it was, I have no idea, but it’s a good sign I suppose. On the 3rd of January, I arrived back in Ireland after celebrating (an amazing) Christmas back home. It was nice to catch up with friends and colleagues after being away for two weeks.

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Of course, one of the first things Pauline (my colleague in the International Office) and I did was going to Diceys (our favourite nightclub, it’s hard to get rid of an addiction). It was good to be back and enjoy the good music again.

One of the most hilarious things I did here in Ireland, was attending a Pantomime. This was absolutely hilarious. My other colleague Cliodhna brought Pauline, her sister Niamh and myself to the Pantomime. At the beginning, I was a bit like ‘yeah, I don’t know about this one’, but as soon as the transvestite came on stage (who was dressed as Mary Poppins with a broken umbrella) it started to get amazing.

It was sometimes so inappropriate, but oh so funny and we basically laughed for 2,5 hours straight. Unfortunately, it only shows around Christmas/January, because otherwise, I would go every weekend. I think I would definitely come back for another Pantomime if possible.


Also, since this month, I’m an experienced cat sitter, as I watched over the cats of my landlady when she was gone. I discovered that I’m not the best cat-sitter in the world because they completely terrorized me and I locked myself in the sitting room every evening to have some peace and to recover from the cat sitting.