The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Speaking Dutch in the Netherlands? Harder than you might think..

Most international students, on arriving in the Netherlands (most for the first time), will make an effort to learn Dutch. Even if it’s only the basics of goedemorgen, leuk, or … Continue reading

April 20, 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

Dank je wel for everything Nederland. Goodbye!

Guest blogger Hannah Foster spent a year studying in the Netherlands at Leiden University.  This is her last blog post for The Leidener. “Wilt u een bon?” “Nee hoor, dank … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Coming to LU? Expect coffee

Just like real people, students also like to drink tea and coffee. You’re coming to LU and thinking ‘will I find tea and coffee in The Netherlands??’ The answer is … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Feasting at Leiden’s Weekly Market

I think it’s fair to say that one of the best things about Leiden is its weekly market on the Nieuwe Rijn. It’s here that on a Wednesday and Saturday … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Morning Walks in The Hague

Three weeks of summer break have passed, and I am really surprised to find out that, during these three weeks, I managed to keep a super healthy lifestyle. I usually … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Madurodam – Holland in Miniature.

We all know that Holland is a great country and that it has plenty of sights to offer. But, what if you find yourselves in this country for a short … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Top 8 Free Music Festivals You Need to Check out This Summer

One of the best treats for a music lover here in the Netherlands is that there are quite a lot of festivals here – Best Kept Secret during this past … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Go Dutch Go Orange – Part One

Of course I had to write about King’s Day! And the night before! After I got admitted to Leiden, looking up events, carnivals, parties and quirky shops in Leiden, The … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

When the Dutchies follow you…

Coming from southern Germany and having lived in The Hague for half a year, I really started to get annoyed with this ever flat land. Indeed, I was trying to … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · Leave a comment