The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

5 Things I’ve Learnt About the Netherlands This Semester

Returning to the UK at the end of this first semester, I’ve started to notice obvious differences between the two lands that hadn’t occurred to me before. For all that’s … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Museum Day in Amsterdam

Within a week, the Netherlands has jumped drastically from a pretty-cold autumn into fully-fledged winter. Now that term is ending as well, reward yourself for finishing all those term papers … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Short Guide to De Pijp, Amsterdam

Search ‘De Pijp’ in Google and you’ll get a host of quintessential guides to where to go, what to do, and where to eat in De Pijp. A neighbourhood in … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

5 Things I wish I had known before coming to Leiden!

1. Housing If you already have found housing then you can skip directly to tip # 2 – if not then, first thing is first, do not panic. I’ve included … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 5 Comments

City Trips from Leiden: Utrecht

Even coming from London, I’m still amazed at how well connected the Netherlands is in terms of public transport. Especially Leiden, which has direct train links to almost the entirety … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Trip to Madurodam: Miniature Netherlands

Towards the end of August, I concocted the idea of cycling to Madurodam, a sort of model village for the entirety of the Netherlands. Honestly, the prospect of the 20km … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

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!

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.

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment