Zaanse Schans – the home of the Dutch stereotype

To the ill-informed visitor, this comparatively miniscule country known as ‘the Netherlands’ may pose quite the mystery. You could even be forgiven for believing that, when stepping off the plane, you’ll be greeted by milkmaids gallivanting, tulips blossoming, windmills a-winding, cheese a-churning, clogs a-clopping and tall blonde bombshells flipping their radiant locks like stallions of…

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My Dutch Domicile

As mentioned in Laurences earlier post, finding accommodation in Leiden as an international can be quite tricky from time to time. I spent the whole of my first semester in one of the international student residences Hugo de Grootstraat. Although this was convenient for my induction into Leiden, removing all the initial stresses, being one…

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An age old ritual

Having been around now for 400 odd years, Leiden University, as showcased in Emma’s blog post last month is no stranger to ritualistic traditions and ceremonies. Fortunately I was able to experience one of it’s finest traditions, otherwise known as a PhD thesis defence. Fortunate enough to be part of vibrant research group, I was…

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