THE LEIDENER

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A Right Royal Affair

The big news was announced a few weeks ago that after a reign of over thirty years, the much loved Queen Beatrix will be resigning in favour of her son, … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Het Luchtalarm- Fear Not!

Every first Monday of the month the Dutch seem to enjoy scaring the hell out of international students and expats. Have you ever heard the radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thesis Hell

Dante may have believed that the seventh circle of hell is reserved for those who have sinned violently, but, were he around today, I could sincerely assure him that since … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Missing Leiden

Having returned to Old Blighty for New Year, I noticed there were certain things I missed about Leiden, and living in Holland. Putting aside mushy stuff such as my boyfriend … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

New Year’s Resolutions

When I was younger I used to optimistically make resolutions for the New Year, buoyed with youthful confidence that I could easily keep them. This charade continued for a few … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Christmas in Leiden

Christmas in Holland is very different from Christmas in Britain, the main difference being the absence of tat and cheese. Over here the houses are rarely decked out in tasteless … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Triumph for Twelfth Night

Though I may not be entirely impartial, I can honestly say that Twelfth Night was a great success. Not only was it brilliant, but it was one of the best … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

It’s time for Twelfth Night!

That’s right; it’s finally time for the theatrical extravaganza of the year! You know the one I mean of course, you’ve read The Leidener every day to check when it is since … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sinterklaas arrives in Scheveningen!

That’s right Yuri, Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands and I was there to meet him at Scheveningen Harbour last Saturday. Standing in the freezing cold for about fourty minutes … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Night at the Theatre

I want to tell you about my new favourite place, since it seems to be my new weekly hangout. No it isn’t a bar or club, sorry to disappoint, but … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 1 Comment