The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A windmill revolution

Leideners, like many citizens of the world today, will no doubt be suffering from a collective food coma of epic proportions. If I’m anywhere near the mark, having been filled … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The curious case of the Leiden Jar

After a string of hilarious posts on The Leidener recently, I thought it might be time to get our two feet back on the ground and start talking about about … Continue reading

March 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

A trip to Albert Heijn XL part 2: Albert Heijn XL

OK, OK, Albert Heijn doesn’t always get the best rap. Probably one of the first things you’ll hear about the place is the wonderfully amateur youtube sensation ‘you’ll have a … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

A trip to Albert Heijn XL part 1: Getting there

Let’s face it, the postcards don’t always tell the full story. I am here to be honest with you about Leiden, and frankly it’s not all as pretty as you … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Banking in Leiden

Ahh Holland, the land of managers. Statistics show that Dutch managers are the best in the world, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt it. They are friendly, precise, … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 11 Comments

Pining for the Gums: Christmas on its head

As every new holiday season comes around, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and countless other nations in the Southern hemisphere, are festooned with wintery icons of a Eurocentric world. In … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Who is Zwarte Piet?

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, men, women and anything in between on the jury, it is my very warm pleasure to be writing here today on a subject that is … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

Strings attached: How to survive a kite festival

Keen students of the output of The Leidener will already have noticed a strong penchant among our authorship for doing just about anything, as shameless as it may sound (or … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 1 Comment