We are living in interesting times. We were all surprised by the election result last week which goes to show us that the future can not be predicted with ease. At Culturapedia we know that change is good and that we need to be in a continuous state of evolution. We like this – one of our core values is that we love adventures.
With all this in mind, I have decided to do something dramatic. I am going to go and do an MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. I will continue to be a director of Culturapedia. I will continue to work on the business but I won’t be around quite as much as I have been. Instead I will be opening the Rotterdam Office.
Why go to Rotterdam? There are a whole host of reasons but most importantly it offers a course that is both highly relevant to what we do that I am really interested in. This is an international course, taught in English, that attracts students from all over the world. A German friend of ours is always reminding us that we are ‘little islanders’, sitting off the coast of Europe thinking we know best. I want to learn how things are done elsewhere. There is another pragmatic reason – as an EU Citizen I will benefit from considerably lower tuition fees than I could find in the UK. I also want the adventure of living abroad, living in the centre of a big city and the chance to (try and) learn a new language.
Rotterdam is surprisingly close. Just a short flight from Manchester or Liverpool to Schiphol airport then a 25 minute train ride into the centre of Rotterdam. Even with all the airport hassle we have to go through I can do home to the centre of Rotterdam in 4 hours. I will be coming home frequently and Sue will be coming over to visit me in the Netherlands just as much.
The course will start in September. I will need to make a couple of trips before hand to sort things out. I am buying a flat and plan to write a blog on my experiences which I will share here. There will be lots to write about. Rotterdam is full of art, culture, brutal and contemporary architecture. It’s multicultural and lively. It’s one of the world’s largest ports and a land gateway to the rest of Europe.