Hello! My name is Karolina; however, I like when people refer to me as Caroline. I do not know why, maybe it sounds better? People always ask me that. I am 21 years old media student from a small yet incredibly beautiful country in the Baltic states – Lithuania. More
This is a very ironic one! The big white circle with the black point in the middle symbolises an eye. However, the other small circles are the signs for the language for blind people. But blind people cannot read the graffiti because the signs are not engraved in the wall and conversely, normally people cannot read the braille. The graffiti work is made by „Ljvant“ or also named „L.J. van Tuinen“ or „LJ van T“, an autonome artist. Many photos of his art works and some information can be found online.
Have you ever wondered, what happens with tomatoes, which are not red or perfectly shaped enough to be put in the supermarket? The Enactus group Leeuwarden did and they started a business in cooperation with a local farmer to reduce food waste. I met with Barbara Bricalli from Enactus and she explained me how it works. More
Ever since I arrived in Leeuwarden, I started to browse for some cool no-nonsense music spots, which I couldn’t really retrieve at home. Since day one, I figured out that the place was packed with schooled musicians and people who were as passionate and sound-craving as me, so that made me happy. More
Hallo allemaal. My name is Aline Barbosa, I’m Brazilian, 30 years old and I moved to the Netherlands for Love. I knew a couple of things about Holland. In Brazil we learned about the Dutch in school. How they also tried to build a colony in Brazil, but were expelled by Portuguese and British in 1637. More
Go back where you come from! Well, of course that wasn’t the attitude of the Frisian people to the people coming from outside! But, to the bottles they bought from supermarkets. More
The graffiti of the joker is a leftover of the former coffeeshop „Flower Power“. The face of the Joker seems a bit sneaky and that should symbolise the use and effect of smoking weed. Sadly, there is no artist written but I heard this work of art was made by a woman. You can find it at Ipe Brouwersteeg.
Everyone somehow knows about how much they like to cycle in The Netherlands but you don’t really realise how serious this is until you experience it. I came to Leeuwarden by train and even before getting to the city where I would live, before actually standing for more than five minutes on Dutch ground, I was already surprised. On my way from the airport to the station, the train passed somewhere next to a three-floor bike parking garage. What a thing! It may sound like the most common thing for Dutch people, and I’ve seen a few more since then, but you need to know that’s really shocking at the beginning for foreigners. I had never seen such a thing before. More
There are many beautiful locations in Leeuwarden that are worth a visit, but we are limited to going to them one by one. However, to see it all at once would be an incredible experience. How would that be possible? Well, from above, of course! More
It is a surprise for most Frisian people to find out the amount of foreign students that come to Leeuwarden to study. Why Friesland?, Why Leeuwarden?, How did you find out about this city? are amongst the most common questions that I have been asked throughout my stay so far. People have been pleasantly surprised by the fact that foreign people know about this Dutch province. And as an Eastern European who emigrated to seek new opportunities, I have tried to make the most of my stay. More
A few YourPost editors participated this week in the new LF2018 project by singer Nynke Laverman. The young journalists, all international students of HCL Stenden, spoke a sentence in their own language. More
This work of graffiti, made by Harke Broersma, is very visibly located in the centre of Leeuwarden. You can find the artwork in the Oude Doelesteeg. The graffiti is a reproduction of a detail of the painting “Een gunstig uitkijkpunt” from the Dutch 19th century painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was born in Dronrijp, Fryslân, and went to school in Leeuwarden. He was an influential academic realism painter. In the work is also the webpage www.mooileeuwarden.nl mentioned, a site with information about cultural happenings and places in Leeuwarden.
Hey, my name is Leonhard Wildhagen, but usually everybody calls me Leo. I am a 24 year-old student from Germany. I am studying Media and Entertainment Management at NHL Stenden university Leeuwarden for about 2 years now. So, I had a lot of time to experience this beautiful city. I am originally from a small town in western Germany, called Recklinghausen. However, after my high school graduation, I started moving around a lot and traveled the world and ended up in Leeuwarden. Since then, it is the only place I would consider as home. More
I came to Leeuwarden about two months ago and noticed the many very beautiful graffiti and street art works around. Therefore I wanted to get deeper into the topic. More
For me as an exchange student from Austria it was predictable that I won´t have that huge of a cultural shock, because Austria is, as well as the Netherlands, located in Northwest Europe. I guessed life and things will be quite similar to my home country, but there are more differences than I have thought there would be. I have noticed many small and nondescript seeming things. More
The YourPost team is very excited to introduce to you Sonja de Haan. I had the pleasure of meeting her on a rainy Thursday morning over a cup of coffee, where she opened up to me about her life, struggles and hopes for the future. More
I arrived in Leeuwarden on January 26th. Prior to my Erasmus application, I had never heard of the city or even Friesland for that matter, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I read in forums that students here had a wonderful time, but I was unsure whether this tiny northern Dutch city would suit me, what would the people be like and a thousand other questions that were flying through my head. It was already dark when I set foot outside the station and the first thing I saw was a whole set of party-like lights and decoration. It was indeed the first of many times I was going to hear the words “Cultural Capital of Europe”. More
The fact that the Netherlands is below the sea level ishardly any news and neither is the fact that we are currently struggling with a huge climate threat. Having the earth and the future in mind, there have been different trends that can be followed in order to think and act sustainable. Not only, from a human perspective, but also from a local company perspective. More
“The hardest part of emigrating to the Netherlands was the fact that I had to leave my family, friends and all the other things that I liked about my country – Moldova.” More
‘Citizens of Liwadden’ (‘Inwoners van Liwadden’) is a series of video portraits of remarkable citizens from Leeuwarden. In part 3, Peter Fiolet, AKA drag queen Trixxxi Icing…
Being a student in a foreign country is hard, as you have to get to know the culture, the habits and how everything is working. However, this did not happen in Leeuwarden where everyone is welcoming you with open arms. More