Weekend in Birmingham

This weekend was my first uninterrupted, plan-less one in Birmingham. It’s always a bit alarming to have a free weekend in a new city, and it requires a great deal of independence and planning. However, I was determined to take advantage and not spend the whole time writing my dissertation and binging on (more) Terrace House. So I took to Google.

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Brugge

During my last week in Maastricht (more on that later), my friends and I decided to take a semi-spontaneous trip to Brugge, Belgium. Three hours away by train, this medieval city is truly beautiful. We were very lucky with the weather, and activities included: climbing up the Belfry of Brugge, beer tasting and of course, eating lots of chocolate!

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Kannen & Kruiken

Beer! Wine! Country music! Poffertjes!

While I spent most of the weekend in the library, making up for any study time lost last week, I did manage to go to the city’s wine and beer festival on Saturday night. Called Kannen & Kruiken, this outside festival was located in stadtspark and was a perfect way to spend a warm fall evening.

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Picture taken from groen-maastricht.com/plannen/stadtspark.html

The festival ran straight through Thursday-Sunday. It was a fun time, with lots of food, drinks and entertainment. I tasted different types of wine and ate poffertjes, which are my favourite!

It seemed as though the entire city of Maastricht was there, and while the drinks weren’t cheap, there was no cover charge and we got to keep the fun (branded) glasses. There was also a lot of country/bluegrass music played, changing to Michael Jackson and club hits later in the night. Eclectic, but something for everyone!

For pictures, check out their instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kannenkruiken/, and website here: http://kannenkruiken.nl/maastricht/