The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Summertime in The Hague

Most international students tend to go home at some point during the summer holidays, or travel around a bit. But for those who are still in The Netherlands during the … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

End of Semester: You Can Do It!

  I do not even need to guess it; yes, you must be struggling with exams or papers at this point of the academic year. The end of semester is … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Nostalgic Nihon, Joyful Japan

It’s been two months since I visited Japan, the wonderland (wonder-islands) located in the west bit of the Pacific Ocean. Japan, or Nihon as Japanese people call their country, totally amazed me with a unique blend of traditional customs and modern development in its culture. I have to make a bold statement that this is the most disciplined and most organized society in the world. Wherever I went, the neatness and orderliness simply made me speechless. People were extremely friendly; I didn’t experience any ice-cold barriers between strangers (although the Japanese themselves joke about their ‘fake’ friendliness). Oh the Japanese food… Please forgive me for being a foodie, but every single dish I tried was superb. OK, let me stop saying these empty words and I’ll explain my trip to Japan to you with the following amazing pictures. During the flight from Shanghai to Nagoya, my mom found something really cool on an advertisement brochure. They have stroopwafels in Japan! And the price is really not high. Look at the close friendship between the Netherlands and Japan. Hashtag jealous. The first bus ride from Nagoya to Osaka took us 3 hours. I was too excited that I wanted to see everything literally on my way. This picture is an amusement park in Nagoya. If we had time to chill a bit in there that would be really awesome! To be honest, my first impression of Osaka is that it’s a bit boring. It is a historical city, so I guess it should not be blamed for being old and … dull. Still, it’s a must-go if you are into Japanese history and relevant subjects like that. I changed my mind when I visited the city center of Osaka. Do you know the feeling when you look into the mirror after putting on make up and fancy clothes? I think the city center of Osaka is like crucial decorations. My mom and I were overwhelmed by the ‘iroiro’ (in Japanese it means ‘a variety of’) shops. I even thought about getting some weird ‘cosplay’ costumes! Though tired from walking around Osaka city center, we still saved some enthusiasm for Nara, a lovely little town near Osaka. The nostalgia at Nara immediately brought me to the ancient times. Traditional architectures like the Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines all share a deeply rooted sense of authenticity. There are a lot of deer in Nara. It’s said that deer are the gods of Nara. These deer gods are so cute though! The next day, we went to Kyoto. This is totally my favorite Japanese city! It’s bright, young, also old, colorful, vivid, dynamic, alive, cultural, prosperous and well, let’s just say it’s perfect! I visited a Buddhist temple on the mountain which is called the Kiyomizu (Clear Water) Temple. This is the most amazing temple I’ve ever visited! And guess what! I was guaranteed for getting my Mr. Right from the ‘love stone’! I got it with the help from my mom … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Summer in The Hague – Parks and the Beach

It is summer in The Hague: my study buddies are traveling, my family is far away, only a very small group of friends is still here with me – so … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Best European EDM Summer Festivals

Having purchased my ticket for Mysteryland last week means one thing and one thing only – FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US! I thought it’d be a good idea to make … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Love and missing in Leiden

It’s not often that I mix business with pleasure. I like to think of myself as a strict professional when it comes to this blog, as evidenced by so many … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Limburg heatwave

I’ve just spent the hottest weekend of the year in the place with the highest temperature in the country. I went to Limburg, and I loved it. Limburg, in the … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Geocaching in Leiden

I’m coming ‘home’ to Leiden next week, and with the promise of warmer, if not rain-free, days ahead, I’ve been thinking about things to do. I remember being small, when … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · 2 Comments