Name: Tre' Shawn L. Griffin
What brought you to the Leiden region?
I came here to finish my last year of university. I had studied for 2 1/2 years at the Webster University campus in London and my final year I transferred to another Webster Campus here in Leiden. I'd never been to the Netherlands and thought it wasn't too far away from London if I missed it.
How long have you been living in the Netherlands?
I moved to the Netherlands in August 2015. I was only planning on being here a year or year and a half. The evening that I arrived, I met my fiancee, now that we are getting married, this is my new home.
What is the main difference between your country of origin and the Netherlands?
I come from the U.S. so the biggest thing for me is bikes and shopping. I haven't rode a bike since I was a child so that was a big change for me, and cycling in the rain is no big thrill. Also the fact that many stores close about 5 pm and that I can't purchase food late at night if I'm not in the city was a change.
What would you miss most about the Netherlands if you were to leave tomorrow?
I would miss the relaxed way of life. The people are a bit laid back, about their business, and to themselves. Much less hectic here.
How would you describe the Dutch people?
Occasionally Dutch people, seem a bit stiff and bland. But they are nice and cheerful once the conversation begins.
Do you have any tips for new arrivals in the Leiden region?
Just go out and walk around. Visit all the sites and familiarize yourself with the neighborhood and the city. The local cafes, become a regularly great way to meet people.