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A Leidener’s Awesome Winter Break

After struggling for months about whether I should go back to China during the winter break, I finally booked my ticket home. Some Leideners seem to be really good at dealing with homesickness and something like that, but I can never overcome this kind of challenges. In the last winter break, I stayed in the Netherlands and I can say that it’s the worst holiday I’ve ever had during my school life. Because almost all of my friends left the student apartment, I was quite alone and I had to bear time difference and long distance between me and my family in the 6-week holiday. And due to the fact that I did an internship in summer and did not stay home for more than a month, I missed home terribly. Luckily my financial situation was better this year, and no matter what happened, I have already decided to go home. It turned out to be a very good choice for me personally; I became much more motivated and relaxed in terms of fulfilling my school tasks and solving daily-life problems.

Packing up stroopwafels, kruidnoten and other typical Dutch food, I locked my door and headed to the airport. As Christmas was coming, the airport was decorated into a winter fairy tale… I’ll stop nagging you my dear readers, I know pictures are far more interesting!

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Beautifully decorated Christmas tree
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Guess whom I met?! Santa Claus!!!!!!wifi0s01243161166IMAG0516_BURST002

Is she from a fairy tale?
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Oh look! There is a museum in the airport! How nice 🙂
wifi0s0-973734829IMAG0518 wifi0s0-69668328IMAG0522 wifi0s0923650359IMAG0521And… I got a surprise present from KLM! I went to the boarding gate pretty late, and my boarding pass could not work properly. I was a little angry at first when they changed my seat from 26G to 4G without asking me before hand. When I was just about to ask the cabin crew, they told me, “Don’t worry! We changed your seat to World Business Class because this flight was over-booked. Stay here, it’s a gift!” So a girl who has been used to the crowded Economy Class suddenly had her first flight in World Business Class. I enjoyed almost everything on board, the comfortable seats, the food, the snacks… even give you travel sets for free! And I heard that KLM is giving gifts for its anniversary; I never thought that I could get one as well. There is Dutch gin in it. The porcelain producer dated back to 1575; coincidentally it was the same year in which Leiden University was established. Anyway, all in all, what a deal and what a lovely present (or present set)!wifi0s0-240757029IMAG0530 wifi0s0-919251758IMAG0607 wifi0s0-1050226419IMAG0608_mh1388726859493 wifi0s01145877764IMAG0541

wifi0s01246352537IMAG0527 wifi0s0-690474285IMAG0529And I was even more excited to be home. My grandma was also very happy to see me again, and she cut the potatoes into cute patterns just for me. Yummy!

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This is how I work at home.wifi0s0-70347636IMAG0627My mom prepared the warmest quilts because she was afraid that I would feel cold in a house that was colder than 10 degrees C. The temperature was low, the weather was cold, but my heart was as warm as newly-made fragrant China tea.

wifi0s0-1612432104IMAG0545I spent 5 weeks at home; and I can say that it’s the best winter break ever! Home is always a port to stay at when you get tired sailing on the dangerous sea. Tomorrow will be the Chinese New Year’s Eve. Although I could not celebrate it at home, Skype helps. With all the happiness I brought with me from home, I won’t be alone. This is my awesome winter break, and Happy Chinese New Year in advance!

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by Xueyan Xing (coming all the way from China; studying at Leiden University College The Hague)

One comment on “A Leidener’s Awesome Winter Break

  1. mandala56
    January 30, 2014

    What a lovely description! I’m so jealous of the good things you got on KLM! And thanks for the photos, they are so enjoyable.

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