THE LEIDENER

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Liquorice – What makes the Dutch like it so much?

If you are an international who has lived in the Netherlands for at least a few months, the following scenario probably sounds familiar to you. A Dutch friend offers you … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nine things to do in Leiden you can’t miss

As I have now finished my masters studies in Leiden, I wanted to make a list of recommendations to new students who are just arriving to this wonderful university city. … Continue reading

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dutch v. Turkish Breakfast Part 2: The Content

Following my article on how different the meaning of breakfast is in Dutch and Turkish cultures, I would like to talk about the content of two types of breakfast. I … Continue reading

August 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dutch v. Turkish Breakfast Part 1: The Culture

My latest trip to home made me think about how different the breakfast cultures of Turkey and the Netherlands. Before listing some of the main differences and similarities as for … Continue reading

August 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

A Natural Wonder:  Hoge Veluwe National Park

The Netherlands has beautiful nature and terrains varying from dunes to forests, lakes to rivers. This leads to rich flora and fauna for the country with countless species. To see … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Let’s Have a Boat Tour

It is no surprise anymore to see many people on boats cruising through the canals of Leiden as soon as the sun shows its face a little bit. Dutch people … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conquering the Ocean: Almere

Called as the land below the sea, the Dutch has probably the most expertise on earth on managing water and keep the water from flooding the lands that are below … Continue reading

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Modern Tradition: Backpacks on Flagpoles

Did you spot the backpacks hanging on the flagpole of many houses, along with a Dutch flag, last month? Not only backpacks but if you look closer you could see … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

De Lakenfeesten- the Ultimate Weekend Plan (27-30.6)

It’s this time of the year again- summer is here, temperatures are high, and you’re done with exams and thesis by now (hopefully). For some, this might also mean that … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

An exclusive preview of the Lakenhal Museum

As I am writing this article, I am sitting on my windowsill facing one of the oldest and biggest canals in Leiden and am waiting for the arrival of the … Continue reading

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

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