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

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

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

Autumn in Leiden: Where are the Best Parks in the City?

The leaves are starting to turn orange, and Leiden has been transformed into an autumn-lover’s dream. Is there anything more picturesque than the canals lined by golden trees, accompanied by … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hortus Honey

Did you know Leiden’s Hortus Botanicus makes its own Honey? Bees are very important for gardens. All plants that pollinate need bees to bloom and reproduce. Pollen is essential for the life of … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leiden University: Where Science Meets Philosophy in the Realm of Natural Beauty

Suppose you are attending a university to study a social science course and suddenly discovered that your classrooms are being taken at a full functioning, nearly four hundred years old … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Spring Time – Tulip Time- Visitor Time

Yes, spring is officially here and with it come “The Visitors”. If you don’t know what to do with your visiting friends-parents-grandparents-aunts or cousins, here are my favorite spots in … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 4 Seasons of the Haagse Bos

This past winter has been surprisingly tame – in a good way. It really sneaked by, at least for me. I managed not to catch a cold – or the … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Embrace the Beauty of Nature

Have you ever been to the national park De Hoge Veluwe, one of the largest in the Netherlands? I highly recommend it, especially during summer!     In the heart … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 1 Comment