Last year’s Experience: Solveiga
Solveiga studies International Business at the University of Groningen. She’s originally from Latvia, and took part in last year’s edition of Experience Groningen. Have a read below to see what her Experience was like – and what culinary discoveries she made!
What was your first impression of Experience Groningen?
My first impression of Experience Groningen when I applied was very exciting, as I thought immediately that the approach and the program of the event is something unique and totally different from other events, as it focuses on international students and educated them about the „behind of scenes” of Groningen and also career possibilities! I immediately told my international friends to join the event after reading the program.
What was your favourite activity?
My favorite activity of both days was undoubtedly the first day visiting different organizations. We went to the City Hall on the Grote Markt, talked about politics and the role of internationals, we also went to SAUS, which is a creative agency in Groningen, then we went to Het Paleis, which is a place for artists to work on their projects and we also visited Club Guy and Roni, which is a dance organization consisting of international dancers, who performed in front of us and also told us about how internationality makes them diverse and unique!
What did you have for dinner with Meet & Eat? Did you like it?
Meet & Eat dinner was also outstanding! The family we went to made a special menu card with all the dishes, so we could even choose what to eat and what not to. The family was really nice, the whole evening we talked about Dutch culture, lifestyle and how internationals can contribute. This evening really showed me „behind of scenes” of Groningen and also taught me how to make vla flip, a famous Dutch desert. After the event, I was making this desert for a week every day at my home.
Would you recommend Experience Groningen?
I would definitely recommend Experience Groningen to all internationals in Groningen to get to know the city, the Province and its people even better, get to know other international students, extend the network and just have fun for two days! It was undoubtedly best event I have so far attended during my stay in Groningen, thus any international should join it!
What was the highlight of the event for you?
Highlight of the event I think for me was as I said that Friday’s activities and also Meet & Eat, because on my own I would never experience eating and getting to know local people, as my all Dutch friends are not from Groningen and live quite far away from the city. Thus, as I said earlier, join the event and you will definitely not regret it!
Do you, like Solveiga, also want to meet other international students and take a tour through Groningen? Curious about what real Dutch families eat? Want to see the inside of Groningen’s city hall? Keen to explore the province of Groningen? Have a look at our programme, or sign up!