The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

My Semester Abroad in Canada Part 2: A Story of Poutine and Chinooks (Calgary’s Finest in November)

Guest blogger Floris Heidsma is currently studying North American Studies and is in Calgary Canada for his semester abroad. November starts cold for the likes of me. While day-time temperatures … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Semester at Leiden; More than Just Bikes

Vitamin D scarcity during the first semester doesn’t stop life in Leiden from unfolding in all its diversity. Read more about Dutch weather and the annual LUCIS Middle Eastern Culture Market here. 🙂

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

5 Things I wish I had known before coming to Leiden!

1. Housing If you already have found housing then you can skip directly to tip # 2 – if not then, first thing is first, do not panic. I’ve included … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 5 Comments

London to Leiden: big city to a small city

I moved to Leiden straight from London, the capital of the UK. I don’t know if you have heard of London, but it is large. I grew up in a … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why The Hague is better than you think

People have told me, with a straight face, that The Hague is boring. It has no scene, they say. There’s nowhere to go out, I hear. This blog post is … Continue reading

November 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hindi taught me to be patient, not perfect

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Looking down the evergreen slopes of the mountains, the enraged monsoon clouds from earlier that day had changed temperament. They had started drifting downward from … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

When the Real Leideners Come Out: 3rd October

I had heard that Leids Ontzet was something that I simply had to experience. Having been in Leiden for three months, I’d grown used to how quiet this city is … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Beginner’s Guide to Running in Leiden

There are many ways for a student to let off steam before or after a hard day in the library, and running is just one of those ways! As someone … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Work in a Foreign Land

If you, like me, need a few extra pennies to finance your Albert Heijn Biological lifestyle, you might consider getting a job alongside your studies. Yet, despite all the promises … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writers in The Hague: Mohsin Hamid

It isn’t every day that world-renowned authors come to The Hague’s Paard van Troje to speak. But, every now and then, Border Kitchen, a local literary organisation, brings some of the … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment