Leiden, Holland

Last night we were partying in Leiden and today we would go back to the college town for some sightseeing! After a nice breakfast, and a little rest from our dancing night, we both went back to the bus station. Exactly at the moment when we arrived, our bus drove away and we had to wait another fifteen minutes longer for the next bus. "God damn it!" I shouted in my best Dutch accent.

Some of the floating restaurants and bars in Leiden. Perfect on a sunny day!

Some of the floating restaurants and bars in Leiden. Perfect on a sunny day!

Leiden, a university city

An hour later we arrived in Leiden. This time in broad daylight!

I hadn’t yet seen a lot of the college town, because the real center was still a good ten minute walk.
Before I could see some of the historic buildings, Stephanie pulled me inside the Pull & Bear store. IT’S TIME FOR SOME SHOPPING!
With twenty-two bags we walked out! Just kidding. One each was more than enough.

Stephanie guided me through the narrow streets and alleys towards the center and it seemed to be my lucky day. Today there was some kind of festival in Leiden! The pedestrian streets alongside the canals were full of locals and day-trippers. In addition to flea markets, nearly all shops were open and you could try some Dutch specialties at the many market stalls.

We crossed the whole center and pleased our rumbling stomachs with a delicious soup. We sipped the delicious tomato-eggplant soup on a floating terrace. Next to us we saw drifting hundreds of boats, their passengers clearly enjoying the nice weather.
Stephanie told me that everywhere in the Netherlands, and Belgium, a large thunderstorm had wreaked havoc. Except for… Leiden!

The beautiful Leiden was not very big and after walking through many more streets and roads, we decided to go home. But first, of course, a dessert …
The famous Dutch syrup waffles were available everywhere, but often at very expensive prices … Instead Stephanie, stingy Dutchwoman … (kidding!), bought the crumbs of these biscuits. For only fifty cents a bag you could indeed not complain for this delicacy!

Near the Leiden station we went to the Jumbo supermarket, where we, lazy as we are, bought some ready-to-eat meals.
Unfortunately, it was my last night here! But fortunately I would already see Stephanie back the next weekend! And in the meantime… The Hague!

There are many beautiful buildings in Leiden.

There are many beautiful buildings in Leiden.

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