The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Queen’s Day 2012

After months of eager anticipation, avid rumours and legendary tales of bygone eras – the time was finally upon us. A time to celebrate; a time to rejoice; a time … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Zaanse Schans – the home of the Dutch stereotype

To the ill-informed visitor, this comparatively miniscule country known as ‘the Netherlands’ may pose quite the mystery. You could even be forgiven for believing that, when stepping off the plane, … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Urban Knitting: Artistic Anarchy in Leiden

An important facet of life in the Netherlands, to which you will gradually become accustomed, is expecting the unexpected and embracing all that is weird and wonderful. Trust me, you … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Het Zweetkamertje

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that university and tradition go hand in hand. As the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands, Leiden University – founded in 1575 – … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Bicycle Bible

If you’re currently impartial to the notion of cycling, then have no fear – you will learn to love it. You will learn to cherish it. You will learn that … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · 3 Comments

An International Transition

One of the first poignant lessons of my university career was never to judge a book by its cover. For the first time I’d encountered people from beyond the extremities … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · Leave a comment