A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Leiden is such a pretty city, with lots of hidden corners, so it’s no surprise there’s a whole host of Leiden based instagrams. Leiden University has lots of cute city pictures, as well as keeping you updated on what the university is up to. Instagram can be a really useful way to virtually explore Leiden, finding new cafes, shops, and streets to explore, as well as new communities to engage with.
Phone full of cat photos? This is the perfect place to share them, as well as find more cat-spots to frequent. @catspotting_leiden is probably the most wholesome Instagram on this list, and is perfect for that lunch time Instagram scroll, cute photo mining for friends, and for planning a new Saturday walking route around the city!
@canalcups is the perfect account for your environmentalist and activist self, looking at canal pollution in the Netherlands, specifically campaigning for re-usable cups and reducing single use plastics in Leiden. This is a really great account for getting you to think about your daily plastic use and other single use product waste, and is creating a very interesting community that’s interested in these issues.
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Today is a major day, we spoke with the mayor! 🏅 He fully supports our mission, but it still postponing the transition to reusable cups, ”maybe this year, but most likely next year”. Bla bla bla. That is what we have been hearing since 2001. 🙈 What is your message to the mayor? ♻️. . Photo 82. One of the 2500 single-use beer cups we collected in the canals of Leiden, the Netherlands. #onecupaday . . Follow us: @canalcups ♻ . . . . . ….. #nomoreplastic #plasticsucks #plastic #planetorplastic #plasticsoup #plasticpollutes #plasticpollution #saynotoplastic #lessplastic #canal #leiden #pollution #waste #zerowaste #recycle #singleuseplastic #plasticwaste #yourplasticsucks #ipickeditup #nomoresingleuseplastic #refusesingleuse #heineken #saveouroceans @heineken @heinekennl @gemeenteleiden @plasticchange @blueoceanaction @plasticpollutes @plastic_patrol @breakfreefromplastics @yourplasticsucks
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Rogier is one of the Hortus Botanicus gardeners (also a fantastic Instagram!), and also an incredibly talented photographer. @rogiervanvugt posts the most beautiful photos of plants, complete with information on the location and propagation of the plant, as well as musings on the plants. This account will make you wish you were a botanist and could travel all over the world to see a single flower as well!
For the culture and museum nerd, @sieboldhuis posts beautiful photographs of their rare prints. The Sieboldhuis specialises in the relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, looking at Japanese culture and art. This museum is definitely worth an afternoons exploration, with the Instagram adding a beautiful and calm aspect to your feed.
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SYMBOOL VOOR EERLIJKHEID| Maina is de verzamelnaam voor een aantal Aziatische spreeuwensoorten. Ze staan bekend als vogels met een sterk onafhankelijk karakter en staan in Japan symbool voor eerlijkheid. De vogels komen niet voor in Japan, maar worden graag afgebeeld in de Japanse kunst. De maina is in deze prent ook de voorbode van de lente. Afbeelding: Uitsnede van: Ohara Koson, Maina in een magnolia, (1905-1906). Meer mooie vogels en bloemen zien? Kom dan naar de tentoonstelling ‘Kachō-ga. De poëzie van de Japanse natuur’. #kachoga #japanmuseum #sieboldhuis #Leiden #siebold #japan #museum #japanmuseumsieboldhuis #maina #oharakoson #koson #ukiyoe #prent #Japanseprent
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@detuinvandesmid is a lovely café located in the polder park Cronesteyn, serving a range of delicious drinks and vegan desserts. The café is also home to a lot of chickens, some geese, turkey, goats, donkeys, cats, and more! After a walk around #Cronesteynpark head to the café, say hello to the animals, and grab a lovely hot drink.
Hope these instagrams give you some good follow leads and make your feed more Leiden-centric! Comment your favourite instagram below (your own instagram is more than ok too).