A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
O, and then did I unto my true love say,
Sweet Peg, thou shalt be my Summer’s Queen.
(Thomas Dekker, 1599)
Isn’t the world beautiful when everything turns green again? With the merry month of May knocking on the door, life somehow seems a little bit brighter, a bit sunnier, a bit more alive. It’s time to fill your vitamin D level up again and enjoy the outside world!
Around the Easter days, I went for a little bike tour into the “Groene Hart”, the Green Heart of Holland. It’s a huge area between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Rotterdam, full of the beauty that the Dutch polder landscape has to offer. With canals, little bridges, windmills, old farm houses, and the wideness of the fields… I think it’s best to check it out by bike, so you can explore more of all the little villages and the fields, and maybe you’ll find some surprises. A couple of years ago I discovered a little goat’s cheese farm, it was lovely. If I find it again, I’ll of course share my pictures here! This time, my highlight was all the beautiful animals I met on the way:
Cycling through that wide space of the polder fields, with the wind blowing through your hair, gives you a lot of headspace and can be super relaxing in between a long day of study. Sometimes, this is exactly what you need to get creative again, so leap onto your bike and celebrate the first of May with a nice time in het Groene Hart!