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Favorite thing: 1)Economy. The region of Maastricht has been neglected by the State till late in the 20 th. Century. The region was poor and mainly depending on agriculture. Onlt the Regour factory and the mines changed this. As the mines gort closed, since they were superfious as earth gas was discovered, thousands of people got unemployed and the region became one of the poorest in North-West Europe. Then The Hague, the State, started to invest in the region, building mew infrastructure, putting money in the south and made it attractive for new industries. And a new university got founded which gave the region an extra attracktion, as well tourism. And the new MECC made congresses and other international activities possible. Important companies and intstiutions that are now employers for the region are: Academic Hospital, DHL, ENCI, Government (local as well as provincial) , Daimler, Mora, Mosa, Sappi, University, Sphinx and Vodaphone. 2) Work and living. If you search for housing, you can check: http://www.maasvallei.nl/(g2ivue3zydpzo2ezxqvumsn2)/Default.aspx If you are looking for work: go to: https://www.werk.nl/portal/page/portal/werk_nl/werknemer 3) Other links: City busses: http://www.stadsbus-maastricht.nl/ The local government: (town hall dependence located in Randwyck: http://www.maastricht.nl/maastricht/show/id=40160& 4)About drugs. Maranuana is semi-legal in the Netherlands. So Maastricht has some coffeeshops. We called it ?gedogen? a nice trem for something that is ?forbidden? but will not be sanctioned. The idea is, that it is better to semi-legalize this drugs in order to regulate it, so that it doesn?t go into the criminal circuit underground, where you cannot control it. In this way you can f.e. keep an eye to it that children cant buy drugs. The drugs, ?wiet? isn?t that harmfull as heroine and is seen as just the same as having a having a beer. So one should not be hypocritic. Since Maastrict is located between Belgium and Germany, a lot of Belgoimns, French and Germands come to Maastrict for the coffeshops. The foreign students of course also like to make an experience they cannot have in their own country. A debate in Maastricht is going on about removing the coffeshops from the city centre to the outher border of the city, next to the border of Eisden or Belgium. This is a hot item, since drugstourism can cause problems. You may be asked for legitimation at coffeshops and I have heard you have to let them take your fingerprints. A few years ago the towns mayor, who is thus liberal on drugs, made a song, him rapping with the dutch group ?the heideroosjes? it was meant as a call for the urge for full legalization of drugs as a protest to his own party?s mininister, a conservative, who made a rap about the badness of drugs himself as well. Very amuzing. (see Heideroosjes & Gerd Leers ?Dopeman? at youtube5) Food: Supermarkets can be found at Plein 1992, Helmstraat and Market (These are the Albert Hein?s, and are above average prize. Sometimes they have discountds, these can be purchased if you have a bonuscard, which you can register for in advance) At the Market, at mosa forum in the cellar the Jumbo is located (cheap) and at the Via Regia (Brusselsepoort) the c 1000 is located, also cheap. An Aldi can be found at Plein 1992 and at Brandenburgerplein (Emmaplein-Annalaan-fisrt street to your ledt).

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  • Written Apr 21, 2008
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