Meet the Dutch Lions & The Red Devils: Hitchhike Through The Lowlands | AEGEE Summer Universities 2013
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Meet the Dutch Lions & The Red Devils: Hitchhike Through The Lowlands
AEGEE-Nijmegen | AEGEE-Leuven
Type Travel Summer University (TSU)
Thematic category Other
Theme Belgium vs. Netherlands (cultural differences & similarities)
Cities visited Utrecht, Amsterdam, The Hague, Nijmegen, Leuven, Brussels, Ghent
Dates
From Monday, July 8th
To Tuesday, July 23rd
Event fee 192€
Participants 25
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Optional fee 40€
Optional fee used for Day trip to Amsterdam, visiting a museum, city tour and Dam square.
Alternative programme to the optional fee A long march in Utrecht.
Confirmation Send copy of the ticket AND pay 50% of the fee in advance
Lodging Gym and/or scouts cabin.
Provided meals Breakfast, dinner
Contact email sunijleu2013gmail.com
Coordinator phone (+31)620097256
University support No
Suitable for disabled participants No
Required special equipment Air mattress, sleeping bag, (pillow), swimwear, towel, (rain clothes)
Languages used English
Activities
- Workshops: hitchhiking, language course, presentation about narcotics in the Netherlands and cultural differences and similarities between The Netherlands and Belgium
- Day trip to the Hague
- Sinterklaas party
- Four Day March festival
- Visit to a Belgian brewery
- Chocolate museum
- Day trip to Brussels
- 'Gentse feesten' (a free festival taking place all over Gent, including concerts, street theatre, cultural activities and many parties!)
Ideal participant
Our ideal participant is enthusiastic, full of energy, easy going and not afraid to hitchhike!
Pictures (click to view)

Event description
Do you want to get low this summer? Then join us in a grand tour of the lowlands! For two weeks you will travel through The Netherlands and Belgium by train and hitchhiking. This way you will be dipped in both cultures and experience the Dutch and Belgian ways of life. No worries, you do not need any skills in hitchhiking, we will teach you everything you need to know.
The most important part is that you will have fun!

The Summer University will start in Utrecht where AEGEE-Nijmegen and AEGEE-Leuven will give you a warm welcome. From here we will make trips to its seat of government, The Hague and optionally to the Dutch capital Amsterdam.

On the 13th of July we will hitchhike to Nijmegen, which will then be host to an international four day marching event and a large music festival.

On the 17th of July we will hitchhike to Belgium. Leuven will be the first city to visit here. It is situated in the centre of Belgium, not far from Brussels, the capital of Belgium. It is one of the oldest
student cities in Europe. After a day trip to Brussels on the national day of Belgium you will move to the last city of the programme: Ghent. This is a beautiful city where you can enjoy the biggest (free) festival in Belgium, the famous "Gentse Feesten".
Places visited
Utrecht
Utrecht is the 4th largest city in Holland and located in the middle of the country. It has been the religious center of the Netherlands since the eighth century and one of the most important Dutch
cities. This city has a medieval city center surrounded by canals and hosts the largest university of Holland: Utrecht University.
Nijmegen
Nijmegen is a large student city located near the German border. Founded by the Romans, Nijmegen is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 2005. Nijmegen is famous for the Four Day March festival, which we will attend during this Summer University.
Leuven
Leuven is a relatively small city and home to the Catholic University of Leuven, the oldest and largest university of the country. It is therefore renowned as a student city, with a lively atmosphere and a big variety of civil society organisations. Leuven has a beautiful historic center and is located ideally within Belgium, only 20 minutes away from the capital, Brussels. Furthermore, the city is famous for its beer brewery, which belongs to one of the largest brewery groups in the world. Thanks to the excellent reputation of its university, Leuven has a lot of international students.
Ghent
Ghent, a one hour train trip away from Leuven, often stands in the shadows of the more touristic nearby city Bruges. However both cities are fairly gracious. Ghent harbours one of UNESCO world
heritage sites and is marked by medieval buildings across the whole city. During the summer people gather in Ghent to enjoy ‘the Gentse feesten’, a cultural festival with lots of concerts including national and international artists. Aside of being a culture city, it is also a students' city. Different universities and college universities are shattered through the city, which gives Ghent a young and exciting edge. Still its atmosphere is quite different from Leuven, as Ghent is a balanced mix between students and locals, while Leuven depends more on its students.
Brussels
Brussels, capital of Belgium AND heart of the European Union, probably does not need a large introduction. The beautiful historic center, the presence of many institutions, NGO’s and think-tank’s, the waffles, the beer and the chocolate, what more is there to say? Be aware that Brussels is so international that it can be challenging to find native “Brusseleirs”!