A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Surfing in Winter?

Defying bad weather is something the Dutch are very good at. No matter how windy or rainy it is, you’ll see them biking around town and doing what Dutch people … Continue reading

January 7, 2020 · 4 Comments

Winter is Coming to Leiden

Some of you have been looking forward to this, others probably dreaded it. But it is undeniable: Winter has officially reached the Netherlands! The cold season has a special place … Continue reading

December 7, 2019 · 3 Comments

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

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