The Leidener

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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February 14, 2012 · Leave a comment