THE LEIDENER

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Rotterdam: the place to be for art-lovers

I’ve perhaps been a little biased against Rotterdam – every time I’ve been it has been either pouring down, excruciatingly windy or both. However, I’d heard good things about the … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tree climbing; have you tried it?

It’s finally not raining in The Hague these days, so we’re all a bit disoriented… Not used to think about outdoor activities at all indeed… So, it’s sunny and you … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rotterdam: First Impressions

One thing you’ll notice about Rotterdam is how hard it is to walk through the city without commenting on the buildings. The entire city looks like a modern art exhibit, … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dagje uit & Day out 1 – R’dam and RET Metro

  *Stupid post alert!*   I was planning a short visit to Rotterdam a long time ago (like in early September). However,  every time I checked the “werk aan het spoor (construction in the station)” on the NS website,  the train leaving from Den Haag Holland Spoor to Rotterdam Centraal was always canceled,  especially on the weekends when I actually have time to go for a “dagje uit”. I was in a  continuous depression until I randomly heard from my (distant immigrant) family that there is  a metro line connecting Den Haag and Rotterdam.   Hooray! It sounds stupid that, I’ve been living here for more than 2 years, and traveled to  R’dam for more than 10 times, but I still don’t know that metro exists in the Netherlands.  How awesome that I fount an alternative approach to escape from Den Haag! I checked on the  RET website, there is indeed a metro (Lijn E) running between Slinge (Rotterdam) to Den Haag  Centraal Station. Usually a retour will cost 9 euros if you use your OV-chipkaart. To save  money, you can buy a 2 * 1 uur (1 hour) ticket on the RET machine on Platform 11 in Den Haag  Centraal for 6 euros, with which you save at least 3 euros. This metro line has multiple stops  including Rotterdam Centraal, Beurs (the glorious and prosperous city center of Rotterdam),  and Wilhelminaplein, where the Grand Theater of Rotterdam locates. Sounds awesome, right?   I got off at Maashaven and immediately saw my (distant immigrant) family waiting for me at  the metro station. I had a very nice day with great food, good weather, and heart-warming talks.   “Werk aan het spoor” again? Calm down my friends, try taking the metro next time when  going to Rotterdam from Den Haag! I’m sure it’s also gonna be fun for you.         P.S. I am sorry for any Dutch phrases in this post; I am taking  … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bird’s eye view of Rotterdam.

They say Paris has the Eiffel tower, Brussels has the Atomium and Rotterdam has the Euromast. If you happen to visit Rotterdam one place which you should not miss out … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Horsing Around!

War Horse is an international hit play, loved for its heart-warming story, it’s innovative set-design and its great music. So when a friend invited me to watch a live screening … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment