A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Thermos and Thermals: Tips on Surviving Dutch Winter

For many international students, moving to Leiden can be the first experience of a Northern European Winter. Cold, wet, dark, windy, and long are the defining features that stick in many … Continue reading

January 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Winter in Holland: Skiing, Sledding, Ice-skating

Nothing is impossible in The Netherlands; and the fact that there are neither hills nor mountains and the oceanic winter climate rarely passes below zero are absolutely no excuse not … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dutch Delights!

Winter seems to be setting in in Leiden, with perpetual rain battling you as you cycle to class and cold winds rattling your windows. This is just the kind of … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

What’s it like to be home?

OK OK, those of you who unwittingly were lead to believing that the last post I posted on The Leidener was my last, will have to think again. I’m sorry … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Kröller-Müller Museum

We’re a bit spoilt here in the Netherlands when it comes to art. Home to famous names like van Gogh and Vermeer, it seems that every single art gallery is … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Transition – From real to virtual

Honestly, I’m starting to hate snow now. Last month I saw the biggest snowfall I had ever seen in my life. I could still appreciate it and taking pictures everywhere and telling … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Missing Leiden

Having returned to Old Blighty for New Year, I noticed there were certain things I missed about Leiden, and living in Holland. Putting aside mushy stuff such as my boyfriend … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Christmas in Leiden

Christmas in Holland is very different from Christmas in Britain, the main difference being the absence of tat and cheese. Over here the houses are rarely decked out in tasteless … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Pining for the Gums: Christmas on its head

As every new holiday season comes around, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and countless other nations in the Southern hemisphere, are festooned with wintery icons of a Eurocentric world. In … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Leiden Advent Calendar – 24 Tips to treat yourself during the Christmas season (part 2)

Hello fellow Leideners! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas month so far and have been treating yourself with the Leiden Advent Calendar. In the meanwhile, the snow has … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

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