And how is life in Porto?13 July 2017
Porto, the city of Port wine, that has been the inspiration for the Harry Potter series, that has a bridge of Gustav Eiffel (Ponte Luis I) and where you can find small bakeries with ‘Pastel de Nata’ in every street. No wonder Porto has been elected as the ‘Best destination of Europe’ for the third time in the last five years.
It is an old city, in which old (touristic) trams are driving through in the old streets, and that possesses many nice views on the river Douro and the six bridges Porto has. When walking through the city, one can clearly see that Portugal has been hit badly by the economic crisis. The houses are old and not too well maintained, but also the prices of food, drinks and living are fairly low. For only €3.50 you can find a proper meal in the city centre which you can accompany with a glass of wine for only 75 cents. And if that isn’t good enough for you: as an Erasmus student you can go to the Adega bar, where you can get a beer for fifty cents. Even after five months, you will not get used to these incredibly low prices.
Yet, it are not only the prices and the city that makes you want to live in Porto, but also the Portuguese people themselves make sure you feel at ease quickly. Within a month, I was already having dinner with other international students at a Portuguese family. Grandma was cooking and she only took a plate herself when she was reassured that everyone was enjoying themselves and that there would be enough food. As the finishing touch, the dinner ended with an old bottle of home-made Port wine, that was saved for special occasions. You would love the taste!
However, as in every South European country, everything is a bit slower and more relaxed. You shouldn’t be surprised if your professor only shows up thirty minutes after the starting time of the lecture, or that there are twelve more people in the line in front of you in the supermarket. So, you really don’t have to worry about getting late or being stressed out.
Additionally, they have a lot of holidays and free days in Portugal, which allow you to see more from the beautiful nature and city Portugal possesses: from the Algarve and Lisbon, to the islands from the Acores and Madeira. However, a small note, don’t underestimate the study level, you do need to study here as well.
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.