Leiden, The Netherlands

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” These are the words of Cesare Pavese, italian poet of the first half of the 20th century and convey most of my feelings experienced during my short stay in Holland at my new place during the past few days. I traveled to Leiden, the Netherlands.

This is where I am going to live for the next year. I will study at Leiden University and follow the course “Book and Digital Media Studies”. A one year long Master of Arts.

It’s different from home, obviously, and for that reason it’s thrilling, new, exciting and i can’t wait to start lessons there!

(see photos from Auschwitz, Poland)

Photos from Leiden, the Netherlands

Praesidium Libertatis
A cute little road passing near St. Peter’s Church in Leiden, the Netherlands


Leiden - Architecture
In the outskirts of Leiden you can find this neighborhood full of contemporary architecture


Dutch Cat
A typical dutch cat :)


Around Leiden
Alley and, obviously, a bike!

I will be uploading more photos of Leiden on this set on Flickr.

I am also considering creating a photography book with photos taken around the town. I am editing this post in september 2012. I graduated and I believe that soon I will move from here so the time to do so is short. I am thinking 50 photos or so on 100 pages, but i will have to work out a nice design. Landscape? Anyway, I’ll figure  it out. I will have it printed out at Blurb.com since last time it was a success. Expect a new post on Leiden coming out soon!

Giulio Menna
Lover of: all things digital, humanities, and medieval manuscripts. I created Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project and run them both with passion and love in my free time. I am an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. Still happily living in the Netherlands.
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