Leiden MUN goes to America!

The Leiden Model United Nations Crest After months of preparation with the Model United Nations Society at Leiden, it was time to finally set off for America. All 19 of us congregated at Schipol on February 12th, ready to take our Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschaapij airborne vessel to the new world. Our 9 hour sojourn was…

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Back to British winter…

The thaw has arrived. The snow is gone. Small greying lumps of ice sit crushed in the gutters, tricking inattentive cyclists and sending them skidding sideways into deep, oily, muddy puddles. Instead of huddling by radiators inside the law faculty, defrosting, I’m now having to trek to the bathrooms, to squeeze the water out of…

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The Cold Snap hits Holland

Late last week in Leiden, temperatures plummeted. It was almost instant. I remember leisurely going to the Digros near where I live, and only a few hours later the same journey became impossible without my scarf wrapped tightly around my head like a ḥijāb (Geert Wilders supporters look away now!). In England when temperatures drop, quite…

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Het Zweetkamertje

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that university and tradition go hand in hand. As the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands, Leiden University – founded in 1575 – is certainly no exception to this rule. Recently, I was privileged enough to attend a friend’s graduation ceremony at which I encountered something that I…

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Njord – The Student Sport

As I mentioned in my last blog post, when I arrived in Leiden I was shown around during the infamous El Cid week – a week full of church dancing, city tours, and parties. One of the only times when Leiden’s fraternities open their golden doors to the non-committing students of Leiden, and freshers alike.…

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