The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Keukenhof – is it worth a visit?

Keukenhof gardens are renowned the world over – despite only being open for a total of nine weeks every year between March and May. It’s marketed as one of the … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Speaking Dutch in the Netherlands? Harder than you might think..

Most international students, on arriving in the Netherlands (most for the first time), will make an effort to learn Dutch. Even if it’s only the basics of goedemorgen, leuk, or … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Windmills, quaint houses, and… chocolate?! – A Zaanse Schans adventure

The weather has finally decided that it’s officially spring, making it prime-time to explore the best that the Netherlands has to offer. The first place on my list was Zaanse … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Who needs train tickets when you have books? Boekenweek 2018

Perhaps it’s a stereotype, but the Dutch seem to have made getting a good deal into an art form. Boekenweek, a week-long festival celebrating Dutch literature took place two weeks … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Finally, spring has sprung?

  Ignoring the false starts, it’s now officially Spring and that means it’s time to enjoy the green sights of Leiden and The Hague. Coinciding neatly with essay and exam … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Semester at Leiden; More than Just Bikes

Vitamin D scarcity during the first semester doesn’t stop life in Leiden from unfolding in all its diversity. Read more about Dutch weather and the annual LUCIS Middle Eastern Culture Market here. 🙂

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Live Music and LUPride

Live music is one of the great joys in life, and while I may not be at all musical, that doesn’t stop me enjoying it! As part of a New … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Coming to LU? Expect coffee

Just like real people, students also like to drink tea and coffee. You’re coming to LU and thinking ‘will I find tea and coffee in The Netherlands??’ The answer is … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

A Short Guide to Bruges

My expectations of a city-trip to Bruges entirely revolved around quintessential Belgian stereotypes: I was going to eat the best-tasting fries ever, the best-tasting chocolate ever, all the while wandering … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

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