A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
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.
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-eeing 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 🙂
by Xueyan Xing (coming all the way from China; studying at Leiden University
College The Hague)