Notes from the Netherlands

Notes From The Netherlands #2

Note from the Netherlands

Notes from the Netherlands is my feature where I discuss my time studying at Leiden University. I want to blog about this amazing experience as much as I can!

Since I last posted about my time here, so much has happened and I can’t believe it’s only been just over two weeks!
  • I got to know one of my coursemates, this amazing guy called Jack (you better be reading this Jack, haha!) a lot better, and he has definitely helped me to come out of my comfort zone and experience things I would never even have tried before – now I know I actually enjoy all this stuff I was just too scared to even try out, thanks to having someone there who I really get along with.
  • All of last week was Orientation Week, which was a very intense week full of events for Masters students. Every day there was a variety of different activities planned to help us get to know each other, as well as the city.
  • View from the Hortus Botanicus

    View from the Hortus Botanicus.

  • On Tuesday, there was a pub crawl planned for the evening. I’m not a particularly big drinker – or rather, I’m fussy about what I will actually drink. And until now, despite having already done three years at university, I’d never gone on a pub crawl. My mantra for the week was just to do everything and throw myself into it, leave my comfort zone. So I did it – and I’m so glad! I had such a fun time, and I think the fact that I enjoyed that encouraged me to do other things. And I probably also consumed more calories in alcohol than food this week as a result.
  • Wednesday night was a cocktail party at the ISN (International Student Network) house, followed by Einstein, which is a popular student bar in Leiden. Vodka definitely hits me very quickly. This night was even more fun than the last, and we got to have drinks sat on a gracht!
  • View from V&D

    View from V&D.

  • On Thursday night we went to a club called Next. This was a HUGE deal for me – as it was actually the first time I’d ever been to a club. Honestly. I enjoyed it so much more than I expected, and basically just decided to forget the fact that I can’t dance and just have fun. It was so packed, people were drinking and I’m pretty sure no-one would have noticed my dancing, whether bad or good.
  • And then Friday was the big end of week party at InCasa, so I’m pretty glad I got my first club experience before that – I felt a lot less scared this time! Another fantastic night, but a slightly earlier finish than Thursday, where I didn’t get back until 5am…
  • Overall, it’s just been an amazing time so far. Getting to know and spend time with some really wonderful people, all these new experiences, the fact that I actually had the courage to push myself into doing these things – I’m pretty proud of myself!

I can’t even begin to explain everything that happened this week, there was just so much! All I can say is that it has been completely and absolutely amazing. I know I’m going to be just fine in this wonderful city.

Sat outside The Duke of Oz during the pub crawl

Sat outside The Duke of Oz during the pub crawl.

10 thoughts on “Notes From The Netherlands #2”

    1. It is colourful, but there are also filters on the photos πŸ˜‰

      And yes, it’s a year, with an option to extend it – but of course that depends on finances. Thanks Tammy πŸ™‚

  1. It looks beautiful there! And it sounds like lots of opportunity to explore the nightlife, which is the best ice breaker for meeting new people. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m pretty sure that almost all overseas studies involve a lot of doing new things and stepping out of your comfort zone, and I’m so happy that you’re experiencing all that awesomeness! πŸ˜€ GO FORTH AND PARTY, MY DEAR!

    Also those are really nice pictures! *_*

  3. I’m so glad that you’re having a ton of fun! GOING TO CLUBS AND STUFF!!! Look at you go Rinn hahahah! And dance all you want no one will judge. Everyone just wants to have a good time!

    1. I was scared of dancing in public, but after a few drinks I was totally prepared, and now I don’t think I need drinks at all to be able to πŸ˜› I am definitely NOT prepared for pole dancing though, which one of my friends tried to get me to do… and then he did it instead when I refused. It was impressive πŸ˜‰

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