This page gives you some general information about Dutch people and their habits so that you do not feel completely lost when you first come to the Netherlands and to Wageningen.
1. Arrange a bike
2. Buy a raincoat
3. Pick up a free Lebara Simcard for a Dutch Phone number at the IxESN office
In Wageningen, you can behave pretty much like you normally do. Though, there are a couple of things you shouldn’t do. First of all, don’t drink at public places.This means that you can’t drink alcohol anywhere except of places like bars and discotheques.
In contradiction as what most people think, drugs in the Netherlands are still illegal. The police however allows you to have a small amount (5 grams) for usage at home or at a coffee shop. The usage of drugs is forbidden in public places. Take care that drugs might be bit stronger in the Netherlands than in your home country. Never mix drugs with alcohol.
It is prohibited to smoke cigarettes indoors. It’s no problem if you smoke on the streets, but when you enter any kind of building you should not smoke. In many of the student residences it is not allowed to smoke in the common areas.It is also prohibited to smoke cigarettes inside of restaurants, bars and clubs. You will have to go outside or into a special smoking area inside the location to smoke. Sometimes the owner allows people to smoke inside, you will recognise this by the smell and ash trays on the tables. The owner of these places take a risk to be fined to let you smoke.
It is also required (by law) to have your passport or European ID card with you all the time. If the police asks you to show your identification, you have to be able to. The fines for not carrying a valid ID card is high.
Friday 17th May
Discover Germany: Berlin = FULL
Are you ready for a weekend in Berlin??
We're planning a great weekend full of culture, party & shopping (or whatever you like!) in the beautiful capital of Germany in the weekend of 17th of May until the 20th of May.
We will be leaving for the great German capital in the evening of Friday. Next morning we will arrive in Berlin and we will stay there until Monday noon, then we will drive back to Wageningen so that you are in time for your classes on Tuesday!
You can join in on a city tour, there's a pubcrawl every evening and on Sunday you can go to Potsdam and visit the lovely castle and parks there!
The price for this lovely excursion is: 110 euro's for members and 120 euro's for non-members.
The trip includes: travel and the hostel! (but just a reminder: a train ticket to Berlin is already 100 euros on the cheapest rate!)
We will start the ticket sale on Monday 29th of April at 12.30 to 13.30 in the Forum buildin on the ground floor, so be there!
Next sale will be on the 1st of May also in the Forum at 12.30 to 13.30.
Important!! You cannot become a member during these ticket sales, make sure you bring your membershipcard! And please bring the exact amount of cash if possible!
If there are still tickets left after that you will be able to buy them at the office during opening hours.
Bis bald! Nach Berlin!
Wednesday 22nd May
Another artistic night for you! Students will be performing tonight and you are welcome to enjoy their show:)
This is also your chance to perform for an audience full of your friends. Whether it is your first time or you are a seasoned performer you are always welcome. Any type of act is welcome, singing, dancing, stand up comedy, you name it. Contact us if you want to participate, email@example.com
When: 22 may @ 21:00
Where: Cafe XL
Extra: Beer for 1.80 for IxESN members (bring your membershipcard)