The Old Earth.

Giethoorn by itself is one of the most fairytale towns that I have seen in Europe, this is a town with no roads, where everything is connected by small channels. Right in the center of the picturesque Giethoorn is the oldest museum in this village. De Oude Aarde in Giethoorn is quite simply one of…

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Learning Chinese #2

Summer break at uni but as our teacher pointed out: “Chinese should be rehearsed consistently”. Because, besides memorizing the correct tones, another very difficult part of studying is to learn (and to really remember) the characters. Chinese does not have an alphabet, but individual characters symbolizing words or syllables. That entails that you won´t be…

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Katwijk aan zee – by night

    I had long been thinking of going to the beach but just couldn’t find the right day. Either the weather would be a turn-off or I’d get caught up in an important task. On Friday I finally managed to tick this off my list! After finishing the day at uni, I left for…

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AIESEC Leiden!


  Hello there potential and current Leiden University students. As the academic year draws to an end, I got to thinking about how involved I was with student associated events and organizations this past year. I wonder whether I should have pushed myself to leave the safety of the library and venture out into the…

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A visit from Japan

I think I have mentioned in a former blog post how I got to know a lot about Japan since I am in Leiden and met lots of friends doing Japanese Studies. But it seems that not only the University, also the city as such has a good connection to Japan. Last week when I…

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A Visit to the Van Gogh Museum.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream – Vincent Van Gogh Though I don’t paint much myself Painting is an art which has fascinated me immensely. I love to spend hours staring at paintings which mean something to me. Incidentally my favorite painter happens to be a certain Vincent Van Gogh, and…

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