Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. One of Leiden’s big advantages is also one of its most under-reported amongst the international students here. I’ve spoken to people who spend a whole year here without being aware of it. It’s a short ride away, offers the opportunity to get away from it all…

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Te huur or not te huur? – The housing question

When I first decided to come to Leiden, I joined all sorts of housing groups, mailing lists, student collectives, anything really, that would help me to find somewhere to live in or around a town with far too many students and far too few rooms. Having safely installed myself in Oegstgeest (which might as well…

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A taste of the Deep South…

The Netherlands is famed for its tolerance, openness and multiculturalism. A rich, if not always proud, imperial history has resulted in a wide range of influences on Dutch life, and, very noticeably, on Dutch cuisine. Traditionally, there’s been a predominance of cheese and ham, and the general rule was that if it’s not sweet and…

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The Market

There were fish, everywhere. All kinds of sparkling scales and glistening gills caught my eye as I battled through the hordes of tourists and locals crammed into the narrow alleys between the market stalls and the shop fronts lining the Niewe Rijn. The smells of batter, spice mix and freshly fried fish were drawing huge…

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