The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A Museum Day in Amsterdam

Within a week, the Netherlands has jumped drastically from a pretty-cold autumn into fully-fledged winter. Now that term is ending as well, reward yourself for finishing all those term papers … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Short Guide to De Pijp, Amsterdam

Search ‘De Pijp’ in Google and you’ll get a host of quintessential guides to where to go, what to do, and where to eat in De Pijp. A neighbourhood in … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bookshops of Breestraat

Most students will have needed to go to Breestraat for one thing or another since moving to Leiden, and I’m sure most people will have noticed the large number of … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Feasting at Leiden’s Weekly Market

I think it’s fair to say that one of the best things about Leiden is its weekly market on the Nieuwe Rijn. It’s here that on a Wednesday and Saturday … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

City Trips from Leiden: Utrecht

Even coming from London, I’m still amazed at how well connected the Netherlands is in terms of public transport. Especially Leiden, which has direct train links to almost the entirety … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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