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Getting a Social Life?

This article was originally published at Maastricht Region: to Live.

I’m no expert on getting a social life, but a recent email got me thinking about where I’ve met people during my stay in Maastricht. If you’re looking for a way to make fun connections with other expats (and Dutch folks), try one of these options.

Attend Pecha Kucha

One of my favorite events, Pecha Kucha is a quarterly series of short, snappy lectures. Before, at half time, and after the talks, there is a great chance to mingle and chat about what you just watched.

Join a Class

The classroom is always a good place to meet people and there are plenty of opportunities for continuing education or workout classes in Maastricht where you can meet people with share interests. Check out your local gym for class or try Kumulus if you’re into art.

Dutch Language Class

Speaking of the classroom, you probably want to learn Dutch anyway. Dutch classes are a good way to meet other new expats and maybe even get some practice in. Or at least a beer or two with your new friends. Plus Dutch will help open the door to getting to know your neighbors and coworkers better. (Yeah, I know the Dutch never stuck with me, but some of the friends I made have.)

Watch for Events

Maastricht is full of activities if you know where to look. In print, look for Week In, Week Uit, which has weekly events and an English page in the back. Online, try the events page here, movie house websites, UitBuro (Dutch only), and Stadium Generale (Dutch & English sections). No doubt there are more, but these are a good start.

Join the IWC

For women only, the International Women’s Club of South Limburg is a great way to meet other expats. The local branch has a nice size and good mix of ages, careers, and interests. I’ve found that a majority of the members I’ve met are long-term expats or plan on be. The Junior IWC has a drinks night once a month and sometimes partners are welcome for that.

And if you hit it off with someone, don’t forget to follow up with an invitation for coffee or a beer. That seems to be the way things are done in Maastricht.

Thank you to Giulio for his email. Write to me again if you like; my reply bounced.


4 Responses to “Getting a Social Life?”

  1. Invader_Stu says:

    I joined a improv class and that worked very well for me. I met a lot of good friends there. We even formed our own improv group after we finished the classes.

  2. Amanda says:

    Awesome idea. Improv isn’t personally my strong suit. I get lost in a regular conversation. ;)

  3. this is a great post; i bookmarked it! i’m planning on moving to the maastricht area in about 5 months…so i’m sure i’ll be revisiting.

    (becky miller told me your blog was one of her favorites…and told me to be sure to check your post on bringing a cat with. that’s where i’m headed next. :-D)

  4. Amanda says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. Good luck with your impending move. :)