Reading Leiden 2019

A lemon for €1

Lemon is a fruit and a small shrub that grows 5 to 10 meters high. It has many benefits, culinary and therapeutic. I like to squeeze a lemon daily when I take tea. On my visit to Leiden, The Netherlands, I bought a lemon at a Saturday Market – one lemon for one Euro - in July 2019.

“A lemon for one Euro” -  It was a high price but it made me think about the two different worlds – one in the south, Mali, where I live and a developing region, and the other in the north- the developed region.

Fish shops at Staturday market

This Saturday market opens every Saturday and Wednesday. There are many shops on Saturdays but a few on Wednesdays. There are many shops such as flower shop, bag shop, dress shop, fish shop, tailor accessories shops, cheese shops, the bicycle-accessories shops, hot and cold drink shops which are crowded with sellers and buyers.

A Tour to Bio Science Park

Leiden Bio Science Park was founded in 1984 at the west of the Leiden Central Train Station which is the largest and fastest growing science assemblage in the Leiden. The 2km wide campus include housings, university, hospital, restaurants, sports center, business companies and many other more. In the photo, it mentions the model of Bio Science Park which is proposed to be set up as the lively campus.

Language and Translation Practices: Spaces of Orality and Textuality

The Family is a social institution. It is beautiful to see a mother and her children together because it reflects the natural love and the affectability that exists between her and her offspring. In Leiden, the parental concept is very visible in the streets because it is found that the parents and their children are at the edge of a bicycle (the parents and their children: case where all drive together; the case where the mother also pilot alone). Education is one of the priorities of the population of this city of the Netherlands.

Time in the craft

“ Pronck” is one of the brewing company in Leiden, Netherlands, which was founded in 2014. Today we have Benjamin, one of the founder, who was a tax lawyer before guided us. His love and enthusiasm toward beer inspired him to start the brewery without the background of brewing ancestors, but with his university friends. 

Comparing Leiden and Amarapura (Myanmar) about Handloom Weaving

There are many ancient building and many records in Leiden. The weaving was the main economy in the 17th century. This city was many populations due to the weaving-related economy. In present, this area is nearly 15 weavers. They can mainly weave towel by using cotton or wooly. They use to weave by eight looms mostly. Weaving magazine publishes annually. The next generation is not interested this weaving.

Modernity with Tradition

“Laken” means woollen fabric or cloth. Weaving became the main economy for Leiden in the 17th century and the city became the working center. The city was populated due to the availability of works in the weaving industry. During the Dutch Golden Age, Leiden cloth was imported via Amsterdam, made quality cloth, national uniforms and the process was carried out by people of all ages of the city, from as young as 4 years old to and old person. To secure the quality of products which was the prestige of the city, they built the Lakenhal in 1641.

Memories of an Absence

The Netherlands was placed under German occupation during the second World War after the  country was invaded by Nazi Germany on the 10th of May, 1940 which continued till the German Surrender in 1945. Nearly seventy percent of the country's Jewish population was killed in Nazi concentration camps during these years. 

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