The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Friends: You Win Some, You Lose Some

But this one goes out to the dearest ones that we keep in our hearts if not by our side! You are going to a university abroad. This means new … Continue reading

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September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Friends Are the Family We Choose

I know that Thanksgiving is more than a month away. I also know that I should be working on an essay right now, if not studying for the midterms. But… … Continue reading

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October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Ship Is Made For Sailing

“A ship is safest in the harbor, but a ship is made for sailing.” a friend once told me. It was out of context at the time but it was … Continue reading

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August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Bite of Summer, A Bit of Food

The past summer has fully satisfied me as a foodie. No matter where you go in the world, food is always an essential and indispensable element of everyday life, making simple ingredients and materials into thousands of millions of … Continue reading

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August 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

This Is Your Home

13th of June. It’s late at night and something amazing is happening. It’s the second day of the FIFA World Cup and The Netherlands is playing against Spain. Now you … Continue reading

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June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some Days Are Just Better

Lately, I’ve been like a zombie.  It’s as if I was in a loop of procrastination. I had so many things to do but… I choose the following: Eat. Watch. … Continue reading

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March 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dutch Lesson #3 (and why I am glad)

                              dief = (n.) thief       Lieve dief (dear thief),   Happy New Year! I hope you’re enjoying my laptop. Its street-value is probably around the €50 … Continue reading

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January 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Twenty things I’ve learnt this year

Its that time of the year where one goes into a self-reflecting mode. On that note, here’s the top twenty lessons I learnt this year: Parents have always got your … Continue reading

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December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Whole Latte Thanks

We don’t have Thanksgiving in Turkey. And the Dutch don’t have it either. But social media does! This is how I ended up watching videos about it on Youtube, mainly … Continue reading

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December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

An evening to remember

The other day I found it weird that one of my closest friend and also my neighbour wanted to take me out for dinner to an Indian restaurant. We usually cook … Continue reading

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September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment