Category: CREATIVE

How the Russian New Year stole Christmas

How the Russian New Year stole Christmas

By Leah Cohill Illustration by Lotte Timmermans If you were to ask a Russian person what they associate New Year’s Eve with, the answer would probably be: family gatherings, fireworks, presents, and a lot of homemade food – everything that a Westerner would usually associate with Christmas. In Russia though, the jolly man with a ...

12 days of wijnhaven

12 Days of Wijnhaven

By Julia Moore On the first day of Christmas, Leiden Uni gave to me Deadline anxiety. On the second day of Christmas, Leiden Uni gave to me Two BASIS borrels and Deadline anxiety. On the third day of Christmas, Leiden Uni gave to me Three new web posts, Two BASIS borrels, and Deadline anxiety. On ...

Christmas around BAIS

Christmas across BAIS

By India Stotesbury & Yara Sewalt. Here at Wijnhaven, we have a very multicultural community. A community that studies together, parties together, moans about gender neutral toilets together, and creates a brilliant Baismag together… But one thing we don’t do together, is celebrate the festive season: on the 25th of December most students return home ...

Loving Vincent - Spotlight

Spotlight: Vincent van Gogh

By Delila Cataldi & Elena Mansour Illustration by Delila Cataldi A new dedicated Art and Culture feature of BAISmag; for this issue Delilah and Elena reflect on the film ‘Loving Vincent’. By the end of his life, he had created approximately 2000 paintings and sketches, of which he had sold but one. Vincent van Gogh was ...

Literary Love of your Life

By Lotte Timmermans  With all of us adjusting to the Dutch autumn (which is the same as Dutch summer and winter but with even more wind), nothing beats snuggling under a warm blanket, rain trickling softly on the windows, to open the first page of a new book. Unfortunately, after hours of investing emotionally in ...

Dear No One

By Warsha Autar Dear No one, How was your month? Hopefully it was better than mine – I felt disappointed I couldn’t add anything to an MUN training, my grades weren’t as high as I had hoped, and I texted the person I liked, only to get friendzoned. Hard. Long story short, instead of feeling ...

But have you been there yet? The Hague Cosy Edition

Winter in The Netherlands, if you haven’t already noticed, is cold, wet, and windy. Once daylight savings kick in, it feels like there are only a few hours of light a day, and those hours are never guaranteed to have sun. However, cheer up, as The Hague does have a few cosy and affordable corners ...

Why is it as it is? 

By Kinan Aldaioub (IRO) I was born in Syria but left when I was 6 years old, when my parents and I moved with dreams of living in the West in peace, in privilege and in happiness. So far, it’s been one hell of an experience, but I remain spiritually divided. Only half of me ...

International Superstitions

By Jitze de Vries There are some celebrations that you can never have enough of. Don’t we all wish Christmas lasted all the way into January, or that we had birth-weeks instead of birthdays. In the same way, I haven’t been able to shake the Halloween mood yet, so why relapse on the drug of ...

The Washer from Dutch Hell

By Julia Moore I walked in the house on August eighteenth Walls surrounded me, white, brown, green I peered into the bathroom and to my dismay I found a brown washer on its way to decay Now it wasn’t just broken, it was dirty as hell And don’t even get me started on the smell ...

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