THE LEIDENER

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Traditional dutch food: pepernoten

The time of pepernoten is officially over. After last night’s Pakjesavond, the evening where Sinterklaas (the Dutch version of Santa) delivered gifts to all children in the Netherlands, and everyone … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sint Maarten: the Dutch Halloween like tradition

The Dutch have their own tradition that is very similar to Halloween

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

Bikes in the Netherlands – Practical tips

If you are already living in the Netherlands, you know, and if not, you will know soon: Bikes are Life here!  Seriously, coming from a big city where bikers are … Continue reading

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Dutch Treasure: Keukenhof

What is more Dutch than tulips of countless kind and colour? Its history dating back to the 15th century as the garden of Keukenhof Castle, Keukenhof has been hosting the … Continue reading

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Healthy and Dutchy: Haring

Each country has its own palate. Of course, the Netherlands has some peculiarities too. One of them and also among my favourites is Herring (Haring), with its special eating method … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments