The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A sunny autumn in Leiden

During Autumn the beautiful parks which Leiden is renowned for turn into a haze of red and yellow leaves, ripening fruits and nuts, cold breath fogging in the air, and … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Destination Down Under – My Semester Abroad in Australia (2/4): Halfway

Ten weeks ago, I stepped into the airplane to the other side of the world. Time flies you’re having fun – almost halfway through the exchange adventure. Let me organize … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Festivals to look out for in the Netherlands

It’s finally festival time again, and why not put aside some money at the end of this year to experience one in the Netherlands? There are plenty around, and even … Continue reading

June 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ideas for Sunny Days in Leiden

If the heat hasn’t entirely worn you out by now, here are some ideas for how to spend the sunny days in Leiden as the year is drawing to a … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Rotterdam: the place to be for art-lovers

I’ve perhaps been a little biased against Rotterdam – every time I’ve been it has been either pouring down, excruciatingly windy or both. However, I’d heard good things about the … Continue reading

April 24, 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

Holland has hills! – Day-trip to National Park Veluwezoom

The Netherlands is famous for its incredible flatness, and for good reason, more than a quarter of the country lies below sea-level! As a student coming from Wales, the land … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Joys of Dutch Public Transport

Seven months into my year in the Netherlands, and I continue to be amazed by the Dutch public transport system. Not only is it fantastically efficient (I don’t think I … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 1 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