The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

A friendly contract: How to write a thesis before the end of summer

OK, so I don’t know if I’m breaking trade secrecy laws here, but I thought I’d take the time out to describe how I’ve gone about finishing a thesis in … Continue reading

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June 16, 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

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April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bikes: by no means a necessity

I don’t like bikes. There, I’ve said it. I don’t own one, nor do I want to. My Dutch friends, needless to say, are incredulous. “How can you possibly manage … Continue reading

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November 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Disputing disputen

In the category of Dutch student language, dispuut is one of the hardest words to translate. Not only is there no equivalent English word for it, simply making it sound … Continue reading

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October 16, 2012 · 3 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

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October 4, 2012 · 1 Comment