The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

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

A Weekend in the Sun

As autumn creeps in and deadlines get closer, sometimes you need a weekend away to recharge and relax. Leiden’s proximity to Amsterdam Schiphol airport mean that you’re well situated to … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Amsterdam survival guide

Let’s be real. Our first time in the Dutch capital was purely overwhelming: Crowds, souvenir shops and no sense of orientation. I vividly remember my friends and me walking into … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Budget Travel Tips

So you’ve put all-nighters for the sake of passing exams, assignments, or maybe graduating. You feel like you deserve to treat yourself, maybe by travelling. However, now that you’re an … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Things to Do in Maastricht

  Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go out and explore the Netherlands – especially considering that as an international student, it might be your last few … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Day Trip to the Oldest City in the Netherlands: Nijmegen

If you’ve been travelling to the cities around Leiden and if you’re looking for something new you can check out the oldest city in the Netherlands. It has been around … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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

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