The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Autumn in Leiden: Where are the Best Parks in the City?

The leaves are starting to turn orange, and Leiden has been transformed into an autumn-lover’s dream. Is there anything more picturesque than the canals lined by golden trees, accompanied by … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hindi taught me to be patient, not perfect

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Looking down the evergreen slopes of the mountains, the enraged monsoon clouds from earlier that day had changed temperament. They had started drifting downward from … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

When the Real Leideners Come Out: 3rd October

I had heard that Leids Ontzet was something that I simply had to experience. Having been in Leiden for three months, I’d grown used to how quiet this city is … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Beginner’s Guide to Running in Leiden

There are many ways for a student to let off steam before or after a hard day in the library, and running is just one of those ways! As someone … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Work in a Foreign Land

If you, like me, need a few extra pennies to finance your Albert Heijn Biological lifestyle, you might consider getting a job alongside your studies. Yet, despite all the promises … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where to Find the Best Study Spots

As the term goes on, it’s becoming increasingly necessary to study at the weekend, and hence finding that perfect study spot is critical. Sit in a bad place and you … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Introverts in class discussions: “I hate having my name called on, it feels like I’m placed under a microscope”

Students doing their bachelor’s or master’s in Leiden University, especially at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, may be familiar with doing well in work groups as an integral … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

Reflecting on the First Two Weeks of Masters

So, unbelievably, the first two weeks of Masters classes are over, and it feels like I’ve been here two months. People tell you Masters are hard, but I don’t feel … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Trip to Madurodam: Miniature Netherlands

Towards the end of August, I concocted the idea of cycling to Madurodam, a sort of model village for the entirety of the Netherlands. Honestly, the prospect of the 20km … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writers in The Hague: Mohsin Hamid

It isn’t every day that world-renowned authors come to The Hague’s Paard van Troje to speak. But, every now and then, Border Kitchen, a local literary organisation, brings some of the … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment