A Blog by International Students at Leiden University


Today at work the receptionists were wearing fluorescent orange leis. Promotional orange sports shirts lined the entrance hall, and, at lunch, my colleague won a prize-draw and received a shining … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Night at the Musuem

The tram shuddered to a stop in front of a long, low, beige-brick building. We’d arrived at the Gemeentemuseum, in the suburbs of the Hague, for a ‘night at the … Continue reading

May 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Election Season!

Late last month, the Dutch government became the latest victim of the financial crisis, collapsing over an impasse on the passing of austerity measures. This means that in the early … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Urinating Statues and European Politicians – A Trip to Brussels

I’ve been hearing the siren call of Brussels for quite some time now. As a student of international relations and international law, the impact of events in the Belgian capital … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Flatness in Flevoland

I thought that it couldn’t get any flatter. Then it did. As you’ll all know, the Netherlands is well-known for its lack of mountains, hills, valleys, and anything else that … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · 5 Comments

That Ball’s The Wrong Shape…

If you’re a rugby fan, it’s that time of the year again. Those of us with a drop of Celtic blood in us rediscover our patriotism, anyone who ever touched … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Back to British winter…

The thaw has arrived. The snow is gone. Small greying lumps of ice sit crushed in the gutters, tricking inattentive cyclists and sending them skidding sideways into deep, oily, muddy … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. One of Leiden’s big advantages is also one of its most under-reported amongst the international students here. I’ve spoken to people … Continue reading

January 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Te huur or not te huur? – The housing question

When I first decided to come to Leiden, I joined all sorts of housing groups, mailing lists, student collectives, anything really, that would help me to find somewhere to live … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

A taste of the Deep South…

The Netherlands is famed for its tolerance, openness and multiculturalism. A rich, if not always proud, imperial history has resulted in a wide range of influences on Dutch life, and, … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

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