Greenhand Backpacker (Part 3: Wunderbar Frankfurt)

Dear readers, I sincerely promise that this is going to be the last spam of the “Greenhand Backpacker” trilogy. Please bear with me, I’m such a new-born baby in the travelers’ world. For the very first time that I stay somewhere alone overnight and the very first time that I go across the national border…

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Picking up Childhood Memories at Madurodam

Living in the Hague is such a wonderful thing that there is an amazing lot about this city waiting for your explorations and discoveries. Today, a friend of mine from Utrecht visited me and I was wondering where I should take her to. Buitenhof seems a bit too serious for young students. Chinatown only has food and nothing else basically. We certainly cannot enter the Peace Palace whenever we want to. What about Scheveningen? It’s bitterly cold out there by the sea and winter is honestly the worst season to go to the beach. Then I suddenly came up with a place that I wanted to go for a long time but did not make it in the end. Madurodam! I found out some information online this amazing miniature city when I was researching on “what’s special in the Netherlands and why I should choose this country as my destination”. The whole Netherlands is miniatured into a teeny tiny little park and everything was made smaller. People were amazed at the moment when they enter the gate of Madurodam. My friend and I were really excited about this idea for sight-seeing. Tah-dah————Look! This is the (miniature kingdom of) Netherlands! The replications of architectures, streets, people, and even vehicles and plants seemed vivid and alive. The problem is, without a comparison with the size of the normal world, one would mistaken those photos for actual sight-seeing pictures quite possibly. Well done Maduro in creating your little kingdom!     Look at this seagull in the smaller world. Oh! I almost forgot that there is a place for little pirates! In one corner of the park, there is a paradise for kids. Sand, pirate ships, ropes, and wooden stairs all made this corner interesting. My friend and I acted like over-sized kids (yes we’re catching topic right now). We climbed onto the pirate ships, the hammocks, and even experienced the freedom of flying on a strop ropeway.   That’s still not all about the amazing park. We found SWINGS! Childhood memories used to be quite far-away, but today, it came back so naturally when we gently sat on the swings and began flying. For me, it has been 10 years since I lastly had a swing. Sweet fragments of the past flashed back and rewinded in my brain, adding even more to the happiness of this trip. Don’t forget to have fun at Madurodam if you drop by the Hague for a visit!   P.S. Tips for saving some money: if you choose to book the tickets online, you can save 10% of your total cost :)

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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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An Auction of Promises

On the 20th November, the LUC Amnesty International Committee (SAIM) hosted a special fundraising event at De Klok in The Hague. In good spirit, students were encouraged to offer up things to ‘sell’ on the auction, with all the proceeds going to SAIM. Before the auction, the committee published a catalogue of all the promises…

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“Excellence through Diversity” at Leiden University

On Thursday November 7, I had the chance to attend the “Excellence through Diversity” Symposium in Leiden at the Faculty of Law. On this conference, the participants could “discuss the contribution that diversity and inclusivity can make to research and education, and to the university as an organization.” (http://news.leiden.edu/news-2013/annual-excellence-through-diversity-conference.html)  The afternoon program started at 1.30 pm…

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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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