The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Sneak peek at A Midsummer Night’s Dream by LEF

After finally handing in the first chapter of my BA thesis this week, and realising that this huge mountain that seemed insurmountable for so long might just have turned into … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

On committees and my inability to say no

Some time ago, around September, when the realisation sunk in that I would have to write a thesis this year and pass all of my courses in one go, I … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Let’s talk about housing (again)

As my fellow Leideners have pointed out several times before, finding decent housing can be quite difficult in Leiden. However, it doesn’t always have to be. I was incredibly lucky, … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Disputing disputen

In the category of Dutch student language, dispuut is one of the hardest words to translate. Not only is there no equivalent English word for it, simply making it sound … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

Staying in shape

I’ve sworn of the scale a long time ago (muscles are heavier than fat you guys!), but alas, my clothes are unforgiving. So, with the academic year having started again, … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Across the country

Looking back on the past few weeks of my summer holiday, I have probably seen more of Holland this year than any summer before. Travelling from Leiden to Texel, Friesland … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

The one in which I get a little sentimental

A new housemate is renovating her room downstairs, her life in Leiden about to begin, just as the lives of the 2000 other new students who will be swarming Leiden … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sneak Peek at Roxy Horror

A few days ago you could read about Anna’s experience with the Leiden English Freshers – the theatre group that is based at the department I study at, but open … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wait, we’re supposed to be adults now?

A few weeks ago a conversation with some of my friends would have looked like this. “Oh no, they just killed our Don!” “Let’s ambush them and shoot them all!” … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment