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Dutch Diary: A Gypsy At Heart Recalls Her Travels Through Leiden

If Leiden is a city with a rich cultural heritage, then, having been born and educated in the city—Rembrandt is undoubtedly its most famous bequest to the world of art.

Illustration: Saahil

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The first thing that hits me, literally, when I exit the station at Leiden Centraal, is the wind—a Force 7 gale that doesn’t bother going around me but instead, goes through me with a sub-zero chill, freezing my fingers and turning my bones to ice. It is so strong that it almost swe­eps me off my feet and tugs hard at my backpack, which I try to swing on to my shoulders.