The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A friendly contract: How to write a thesis before the end of summer

OK, so I don’t know if I’m breaking trade secrecy laws here, but I thought I’d take the time out to describe how I’ve gone about finishing a thesis in … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

A windmill revolution

Leideners, like many citizens of the world today, will no doubt be suffering from a collective food coma of epic proportions. If I’m anywhere near the mark, having been filled … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

A trip to Albert Heijn XL part 2: Albert Heijn XL

OK, OK, Albert Heijn doesn’t always get the best rap. Probably one of the first things you’ll hear about the place is the wonderfully amateur youtube sensation ‘you’ll have a … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

Ushi van Dijk

You may have noticed that a great many of my posts revolve around Dutch TV. This is not only because of my impressive capacity to lock myself away in my … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Making a Home from Home

I love living abroad, but I’ve come to realise that no matter how much you embrace the local culture, there will always be things from home that you miss and … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why you NEED a bike

Friends, romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. The tragedy that is liable to befall every one of us who finds themselves on Leiden’s far-flung shores has stricken me with the … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jargon jealousy

Last night I was watching Ik hou van Holland, and one of the rounds centred around songs that were originally Dutch but had had English covers made of them. The … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ik hou van Holland

A few weeks ago I wrote about the unexpected joys of the Netherlands, things that I hadn’t known anything about prior to moving here but the existence of which has … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Bikes: by no means a necessity

I don’t like bikes. There, I’ve said it. I don’t own one, nor do I want to. My Dutch friends, needless to say, are incredulous. “How can you possibly manage … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Pleasures of Parental Visitation

As evidenced by the photo left, I have had a hard couple of weeks. Two big essays and an exam conspired to lock me away from society, shackle me to … Continue reading

November 4, 2012 · 1 Comment