The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A sunny autumn in Leiden

During Autumn the beautiful parks which Leiden is renowned for turn into a haze of red and yellow leaves, ripening fruits and nuts, cold breath fogging in the air, and … Continue reading

October 11, 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

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

Live Music and LUPride

Live music is one of the great joys in life, and while I may not be at all musical, that doesn’t stop me enjoying it! As part of a New … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Part Eight: In Between M.Sc. and Ph.D.

To me, isolation from civilization can be an amazing experience. You turn off your electronic devices and settle in, and realize that you can breath easier now. There is no … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dagje uit & Day out 2 – The Real Dutch Pannenkoeken with Lovely Dutchies

Aren’t Dutch pancakes the same as American or other kinds of pancakes? No no no. If you read my last post about Rotterdam and actually scrolled down to the end  of my post, you would see a picture of a Chinese pancake, which must be really different  from what you ate before as pancakes. Pancakes alter to its birthplace and they reflect  characteristics of their hometown. I find Dutch pancakes, or pannenkoeken very adorable  because of their sufficient sweetness, beautiful color, rich tastes, and various ways  to enjoy them.   Pannenkoeken are very easy to make. You only need flour, milk, egg, and sugar. If you  want you can add cinnamon powder as well. Also prepare some oil or butter to make it  properly cooked. I have two groups of friends (mainly cute Dutchies): one group of  people make their pancakes with carefully measured ingredients and their pancakes  always have the same flavor; and the other group of people just put in the ingredients  as much as they wish, so their pancake babies are different every time. To be honest,  both ways are fun because the former is consistent and the latter is more free. My  very first “100% Dutch” pannenkoeken were made with the freestyle cooking. Oh I can’t hold my cravings anymore… The first round is finally done! My friend  of whom the room was contributed to this pannenkoeken party also offered us her  home-made lemon jam / curd. It tasted HEAVENLY! I was instantly in love with her  curd but I failed to steal it from her fridge. Sigh… 😉 For the next few rounds  I tried powder sugar and maple syrup. There were also apple slices in the pancakes,  which added to the fresh taste of them. I brought Japanese matcha tea to the party  and the fragrance of it really matched the Dutch pannenkoeken. Heel lekker! *Fun facts, or not-fun-at-all facts*   I heard the Dutch word for pancakes so often that I really wanted to know how  to spell it. I thought it was pannenkoeken But hmm… I got a relatively vague  answer from my friends that whether the “pan” should be plural remained a  question. So you can spell it either as “pannekoeken” or “pannenkoeken”. For  those of you who have some knowledge of the Dutch language, you might have noticed  … Continue reading

September 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

August 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Greenhand Backpacker (Part 2: Enjoying Downtown Hostel)

In my last post I raised my concerns about staying in an 8 people mixed hostel room. Now I’m back, safe and sound, even happier than ever. So, no worries! … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

Come spend your Sunday at the Observatory!

  Hello again! So this is a little last minute but still relevant. Remember I wrote about the Sterrewacht open day back in November? Well it’s back. And this time … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment