You know you've reached nature when even the bikepaths end.

Across the country

Looking back on the past few weeks of my summer holiday, I have probably seen more of Holland this year than any summer before. Travelling from Leiden to Texel, Friesland and the Veluwe, and with a trip to Maastricht I have yet to take, I’ve been in almost every corner of the  country. I started…

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Upcoming intro days

I love that feeling of the start of a new term. September is almost here, I’ve bought some shiny new pens, and on Thursday and Friday Leiden Uni is holding the intro days for new international students. And I’ll be there as a guide. Over the two days my co-guide and  I’ll be showing 17…

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Rainbow Leiden

Violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and all the shades inbetween, Leiden truly stands up to this magical array. It is as all encompassing and all inclusive. Netherlands is one of the most progressive countries when it comes to LGBT rights movement. I felt very safe to express my sexuality. It was never an…

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Limburg heatwave

I’ve just spent the hottest weekend of the year in the place with the highest temperature in the country. I went to Limburg, and I loved it. Limburg, in the south east of the country, is about as far away as you can get from Leiden in the Netherlands, taking about 3 hours by train.…

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El Cid 2012

For those who don’t know, the El Cid week is the equivalent to the UK’s Fresher’s Week. For five days Leiden is taken over by fresh new students in orange, spilling out from every bar in town. The necessity of beer seems to be a universal aspect of fresher’s weeks across the globe. As the…

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Holiday, holiday, holiday!

It is summer holiday now. Many students have gone home but I chose to stay to experience the summer in Leiden, and take a little tour outside the Netherlands. Due to the very full schedule my study programme had, this summer holiday happen to be my first chance to go somewhere further than Belgium (which…

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Scheveningen Fireworks Festival

A couple of days ago I visited Scheveningen beach for the first time. It’s a rather difficult word to pronounce accurately for non-Dutch speakers. One of my friends told me that it was used as a code word during WW2 for the underground resistance to ascertain whether you were in fact Dutch because it was…

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Student’s-eye view of Leiden

If you’d like to see what Leiden is like, as well as reading all about our student experiences here at the Leidener, you can also follow our photo blog on Tumblr. Interesting things, beautiful scenes, strange moments, funny events- we try to catch it all on camera.

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Geocaching in Leiden

I’m coming ‘home’ to Leiden next week, and with the promise of warmer, if not rain-free, days ahead, I’ve been thinking about things to do. I remember being small, when summer meant running around outside in the smell of freshly cut grass, getting fingers grubby exploring until the sun set and it was time to…

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