The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

An Insider’s View of Leiden’s Academic Life

If you’re an avid reader of The Leidener, by now you’re probably familiar with the activities that we do, the places that we visit and the things that we eat. … Continue reading

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July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Decorate Your Room (on a budget!)

LUC apartments are enormous, but also very boring at first. Not only does decoration liven up a boring room, but it also makes a generic white room feel more like … Continue reading

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July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Things I wish Leiden had

Now that I’m looking out of the window watching the morning rain slowly go away, I can’t help thinking how surprisingly comforting Leiden is, especially when you’re back from a … Continue reading

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July 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

A Guide to Arriving in The Netherlands

Going to a new school is hard. Going to a new school in a foreign country is really hard. Never knowing anyone who lived outside the United States, let alone … Continue reading

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July 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dutch version of 5 popular dishes

Let’s face it, Dutch cuisine is… boring. Being so used to Asian (Korean and Japanese) supermarkets with a wonderful array of pre-cooked food, I was actually quite shocked when I … Continue reading

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July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to deal with post-travel depression

So, I am now finally back in Leiden after 34 days, 7 countries and 16 cities and suffering hard from post-travel depression. Mind you, it’s totally a real thing. I’ve … Continue reading

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July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part Seven: In Between M.Sc. and Ph.D.

Today, my dreams fade like an echoing cascade of soft whispers. A ukulele starts playing and then Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s silky voice begins, “Oohh Oohh Oooh… Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, and the dreams that you dreamed of, once in a lullabye, ahhh ooohh…”

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July 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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