The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

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

Thoughts on biking – The “Dutchest” way of transport

Four (random) things you need to know about biking in The Hague – for all newcomers to biking… 1) You cannot park your bike wherever you want, even if it … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Hague: A Defence

Like the majority of visitors to the Netherlands, my conception of a Dutch city was formed during a brief weekend trip to Amsterdam last year. And it was in the … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Biking in Zuid-Holland Forests and Bike Paths!

As the months go by, I finally experience my first autumn in Europe. I feel so excited because it is my first autumn and so far it’s been my favorite … Continue reading

October 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hippie Market – Trying to escape the hubbub of King´s Day for a while

“King´s day” in The Hague  Wow! It´s the King´s birthday on Sunday and the entire country celebrates “King´s day” – the first King´s day in a very, very long time! … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Feels like I arrived yesterday

When nostalgia hits, it hits. Ever had that moment where you stumble into university with all these hopes and expectations, thinking three years is a LONG time? Well, I certainly … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The long journey home

It’s coming to an end. My time in Leiden, the city that now feels well and truly like home, will peter out in less than a month, an event that … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Neighbourhood watch, Leiden style

I’m writing to tell you that the map of Leiden that we’re so used to seeing, which is effectively a kind of oblong with canals crisscrossing it, is in fact … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

50 shades of rain

When people tell you about Holland, what do you think of? There are so many stereotypes about this tiny country that you could name instantly: bikes and brickwork, narrow houses … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · 2 Comments