Christmas break is coming…

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Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. Finals, finals, finals. Presentations, presentations, presentations… I think we have all had our fair share of work this semester. But work hard, play hard, right? After all this work it’s time for something else!!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again: Christmas is coming!!

My favorite time of the year for sure. When I saw the beautiful Christmas tree in AMS’s Foyer, I immediately thought about all the wonderful places I could go and visit in Antwerp. So since I’ve lived my entire life in Antwerp I thought I’d share with you the must-sees during this magical time. Every year our city makes a great effort to make it cozy, fun and Christmas-like (with or without snow).

Every year the ‘Grote Markt’ in Antwerp is transformed into a beautiful Christmas market. Here you can find stalls where you can buy the most Christmassy Christmas decorations and local food. I really like visiting Christmas markets, especially when there is snow on the ground, in the air, in the trees, everywhere! So I’m praying for a white Christmas this year!! The only thing that I don’t like so much… it’s so freakin’ cold. But this is a problem that one can always solve with some ‘jenever’, which you can also find at the market! But I must warn you… don’t overdo the jenever drinking, because the next day it’s possible that you will relive ‘headache Monday’ all over again (Philippe I’m talking to you – Please read the article headache Monday!). Now, when you love the atmosphere at this kind of markets as much as I do, I recommend you to also visit the Christmas market at ‘De Groenplaats’ and ‘’t Steen’. These markets will be open from December 5th until the 27th of December.

When you have eaten enough, bought some decorations and drunk some jenever, it’s time for our next stop. The ice rink!! This year the ice rink is installed at ‘De groenplaats’, which is just a 2-minute walk away from the Grote Markt. This is a top attraction that manages to entertain young and old. You can rent your ice skates right there, the only thing you have to bring are gloves. This year, the ice rink opens on Saturday December 5 and will remain there until Sunday January 3. Exceptionally, Antwerp doesn’t only have an outdoor ice rink this year, but also an indoor one, which you can find at Kattendijk-Oostkaai 22 (nearby Londenbrug). It is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. And the good thing is that it’s only €5 for 1 hour of fun!! Besides that, Antwerp also has a ferris wheel, which will give you a breathtaking view over the city. This attraction is situated at ’t Steen, only a 10-minute walk from De Groenplaats.

On Thursday December 17 we (MHRM) have our last final. To celebrate this, we’re going to the Christmas market with our class. We’ll probably do some ice-skating… if everyone dares to ;-). And I’m going to make it my personal goal to get everyone up on the ferris wheel. The view is simply something you have to see! After that, we will probably warm ourselves up with some ‘vin chaud’ (aka ‘gluwhwein’ or simply hot wine), and maybe some jenevers. To end this great first semester, we’re going to have dinner with everyone and share some presents. We’re going to do it ‘Secret Santa’ style. This is a fun way to buy presents for each other without knowing who is buying you a present. At this point we’ve become very close, so I’m pretty sure everyone knows what to buy for each other. Now, maybe the person who has to buy me a gift is reading this… a Justin Bieber gadget can never fail 🙂 (Yes I have Bieber Fever.. sorrynotsorry!).

So, at this moment it’s Tuesday evening, I’m studying for the last final and it’s only 2 days until Christmas break. I wish it was Thursday already. I’ll make sure you get an update about our trip to the Christmas market.

I hope everyone has a great holiday. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!!

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Hi, My name is Isabelle Thys. I'm 23 years old and born and raised in Antwerp. I'm following the master human resource management, at AMS. Before this master I studied Social and Economic sciences at the university of Antwerp. Through this website I want to keep you updated! With 22 girls in my program you can expect a lot of girl-problem-related blog posts ;). Hope you like it! Xoxo Isabelle

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