2017年五月份我到荷蘭 Leiden 找一位之前在劍橋認識的朋友。他目前在 Leiden 做博士後研究。
荷蘭剛好是 Liberation Day，放假一天。去之前其實是不知道他們有紀念二次大戰的 Liberation Day，看到滿街軍隊用車，而且還是二次大戰時期的軍隊用車，又是軍樂團吹吹打打的，才意識到他們在慶祝他們 liberated from Nazi Germany。
以下幾張照片為 Leiden 街景。幾年前有到 Amsterdam 旅行，這一次則沒有時間多看幾個荷蘭的城市，不過朋友笑說其實荷蘭各地好像街景都差不多，大概就是 canal + Dutch houses + boats + bars 這樣的搭配組合。
我個人的旅行態度是，很隨意的到處逛逛，尤其愛泡咖啡館或酒吧，如果剛好是去找朋友，那就跟朋友一起泡咖啡館或酒吧，我稱之為 cafe / bar hopping，一間一間喝過去。
如果不是跟朋友一起旅行，也不是找朋友，自己一個人的話，那就自己也可以 cafe / bar hopping，有時當地人無聊會跟你聊天，沒有人要理的話，就自己上網看想看的文章，或是看書，或是沒事就坐著咖啡看行人。
Leiden is a city in the Dutch province of South Holland. It has a population of about 122K people. Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, is located in Leiden. Leiden is known for its art and culture. One of the most famous painters in the world, Rembrandt, was born and educated in Leiden. Leiden is also known as one of Europe's scientific centres; the University has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners and ranks high in many university league tables.
Leiden University is twinned with Oxford, UK. The two universities are similar in that they are both typical university cities - university buildings are scattered throughout the city, and international students give the cities a young, vibrant, and multicultural atmosphere.
Leiden University was founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War. It has seven faculties and over 50 departments. The University ranks high in many international university rankings.
The University came to fame during the Dutch Golden Age when scholars from around Europe came to the University because of the Dutch Republic's climate of intellectual tolerance. The Dutch Golden Age was a period spanning the 17th century when Dutch history when the country's trade, science, military, and art were among the most renowned in the world. Famous figures included Descartes, Rembrandt, Spinoza, and d'Holbach.
這一次到荷蘭共四天三夜，本來是預計星期六可以去 Amsterdam，星期日可以去 Ultrecht，再外加一天看看 Leiden，結果大部份時間我都在工作，在處理幾位同學的申請文書修改，以及進行我預計今年要出版的「如何撰寫留學申請文書」的書籍編輯。
Utrecht is the capital of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is about half an hour's train ride away from Leiden. It is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of about 330K.
Utrecht is known for its ancient city centre with architecture dating back to the High Middle Ages (11th-13th centuries). It was a religious centre back in the Middle Ages and is still a major religious centre in the Netherlands.
Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until it was surpassed by Amsterdam in the Dutch Golden Age (17th century).
Utrecht University is the largest university in the Netherlands.
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