The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Ramadan Mubarak: A Muslim Student’s Life at Leiden during Ramadan

Being a Muslim student living at Leiden obviously brings a unique experience of celebrating the holy month of Ramadan in abroad! In fact, it could be one of your wonderful … Continue reading

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June 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Japan is cool and it’s everywhere

Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, Alfred J. Kwak… I have a confession to make; I had never really thought that so many of my childhood favorite characters actually originate … Continue reading

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May 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Spring Beauty – Hortus Botanicus Leiden

I always knew Leiden is astonishingly beautiful but it wasn’t until last week I realised that I’ve haven’t been to one of the best places. The botanic garden, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, is a must visit once you’re here!

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May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learn Dutch with Me – Spring Inspired Vocabulary from The Hague

In this blog post, I discuss my secret Dutch identity and the Dutch speaking dilemma that stems from it. I also hope to introduce you to 25 new The Hague inspired Dutch words, so that you may enhance your own Dutch language learning.

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March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hortus Honey

Did you know Leiden’s Hortus Botanicus makes its own Honey? Bees are very important for gardens. All plants that pollinate need bees to bloom and reproduce. Pollen is essential for the life of … Continue reading

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February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Last semester I was enthralled by the Dutch Painting course (Dutch Painting 1400-1950: introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands) that I took as part of my Erasmus exchange. This … Continue reading

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February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Part of Being an International

Leiden University exposes you to a lot of different cultures. The Dutch culture, despite being very friendly and open, can be difficult to become accustomed to. There are many ways to experience Dutch … Continue reading

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January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Dutch Connection (part 1): multicultural Netherlands, global opportunities and Nour Project

The Dutch connection (as I have now coined this brand-meets-global-network) is very real within our globalised world, and the benefits to circulating within this network continue to surprise, the world over.

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January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Year at Leiden University in Review: Self-Realisation, the Maintaining of Old Friendships and Finding Fulfilment in Change

As we are about to raise our final cups of kindness to 2016, I thought it may be fitting to entertain the tradition of past reflection, that of auld lang syne, and to re-cap on some of the lessons and highlights that this year has brought, especially in regard to self-realisation, the maintaining of old friendships and the embracing of change, whilst studying at Leiden University.

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December 30, 2016 · 6 Comments

How to celebrate Christmas in Leiden?

You know what I just did? Handed in my last school assignment of this year! Around the same time, Facebook kindly reminded me of what I did exactly a year … Continue reading

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December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment