MAID goes to the Netherlands!

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Group photo by Juan Angel Cardenas.

Proost! Op je gezondheid MAIDs! #MAIDinNederland

Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem. Three Dutch cities where the MAIDs enjoyed the first part of their summer break, and enjoy they did!

The MAIDs, together with Prof. Uwe Gellert, Prof. Dr. Joachim Krausse, and Ms. Nadine Tamler (the MAID program assistant coordinator), travelled from Dessau-Roßlau to Amsterdam on 18 July 2016, and enjoyed some gezeiligheid throughout the week: going through the hustle and bustle of the Dutch capital, famous for its contemporary lifestyle, its canals, and its liberal culture; mesmerizing the sight of the Utrechtse Domtoren; learning a lot about science and history inside Teylers Museum in Haarlem; and of course getting wet at the beach in Zandvoort.

Upon arrival in Amsterdam, a short tour for the MAIDs was organized around their hostel at Oosterpark. Joining them was Prof. Dr. Krausse and some of his friends, who were the tour guides. They explained the history of Amsterdam, its architecture, and the bike culture that is famous (and sometimes notorious) for.

After a night of partying (or resting, depending on who you ask), the group visited the atelier of Markus Seewald, who was one of the visiting lecturers for this semester’s Compact Week. There he presented some of his previous and current work, and explained editorial design and editorial photography.

Afterwards, everyone made their own plans and visited many of the tourist sites in Amsterdam, from the Royal Palace in Dam Square, to the various parks scattered throughout the city, to the various museums such as Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to the coffeeshops, cafes and bars, and taking a peek into De Wallen, or the Red Light District, at Nieuwmarkt.

On the second day, the group travelled to Utrecht to visit De Stadstuin, a shared co-working space built in an abandoned office building in the outskirts of the city. They were welcomed by Roy and Richard from RROOK, a design and consultancy firm. The MAID students were then given a chance to interview and talk to several designers, illustrators, photographers, artists, and creatives working in the space.

More photos from RROOK. Special thanks to Roy Verhaag and Richard Postmus for the photos.

The group then visited the historic part of Utrecht, famous for the Domtoren church tower. Most visited the Centraal Museum afterwards, which had an exhibition of the Domtoren as well; others preferred the sunshine and enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smell of Utrecht.

On the third day, the MAIDs visited Teylers Museum and Teylers Hofje at Haarlem. Both sites were made in the 18th century as part of final will of Pieter Teyler. Teylers Museum is a science, art, and natural history museum, while Teylers Hofje is a courted almshouse which is still being used today as a residential yard.

Before coming back to Germany though, the group went to nearby Zandvoort and enjoyed the sea, the sand, and the great weather the summer has to offer, with the company of friends and fellow MAIDs in Dessau.

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The excursion to the Netherlands was a great opportunity for everyone to kickstart their summer vacation, enjoy the successful semester, and of course, bond with their friends and fellow MAIDs.

Special thanks to Sam Sanchez for the photos.


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