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Those ‘crazy’ Southerners

Weird and wonderful costumes, an unlimited supply of strange Dutch pop music (complete with dance moves) and an excessive amount of beer characterised my weekend. I had decided to head down ‘South’ to experience carnival! “We’ve passed the river, that means we’re in ‘The South’” my friend explained on the train journey down to Breda.…

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Beer Cantus

One of the main complaints I hear from international students in Leiden, and in the Netherlands as a whole, is that it is not exactly easy to develop a friendship with Dutch students. The complaint goes: it´s hard to get to know them because they already have their social life built up here with people…

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NL vs. COL

I am not one to frequently resort to clichés when describing countries and their population. However there is one particular cliché associated with brazilians that fit me like a glove…”Brazilians love football”. The reality is that not everybody loves it, but I certainly do so I could not miss the opportunity to go watch the…

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Dealing With Homesickness…

I thought I would write a blog today about homesickness…  As an International student living in an entirely new environment, away from the people you love, it is normal to sometimes feel a bit homesick. Personally I have found that although I love it here, there are times when I just miss being at home,…

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The beginning of a new tradition?

In Brazil we don´t really celebrate Halloween- with the exception of some kids that go trick or treating only to be frustrated by the candy offer and some random Halloween parties- and although here in the Netherlands this time of the year is also not accompanied by huge celebrations, the yellow of the falling leaves…

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ISN Cultural Festival on Saturday

Every year, ISN hold a cultural festival in Leiden, celebrating and showcasing all the various nationalities of the international student body at Leiden University. Students form groups to represent their home countries and put on workshops, displays, make food, play music and anything else that they think represents where they come from. This year the…

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