Queen’s Day

Yesterday was Queen’s Day in the Netherlands. Some of us decided that we were going to stay in Leiden for Queen’s Day instead of venturing to Amsterdam. We love Leiden and we wanted to stay here and all be together. The crowd’s in Amsterdam would have been insanity and we probably would have all gotten split up. So, we all woke up early and went over to Diana’s to drink mimosas (fitting since they’re orange) in the courtyard of her apartment. The morning started out very chilly. I left my building without a sweater but I had faith that it would warm up and it did. We all sat outside for a few hours listening to music, talking and playing around.

Some of the group


Afterward we walked over to the square where the DJ’s were playing but realized we were a bit early so we got drinks and walked over to the park where we like to hangout. It was still early at this point and there were already many people highly intoxicated and the police were starting to make a presence in Leiden (too bad they aren’t intimidating at all lol). Then it was finally time to head over to CityMoves which is a festival in Leiden on Queen’s Day. There were two DJ’s on when we got there and they were great. They definitely set the mood for the next DJ. The headliner was Armin van Buuren the world’s best DJ 4 years in a row. And we learned that he really deserves that title. He was absolutely amazing and so much fun! Yesterday will always be one of the best days of my life. I’ll never forget looking around and seeing a sea of orange around me, everyone with huge smiles on their faces in pure bliss. Everyone was so happy, nobody was fighting and it was everything I could have asked for and more. We were American’s but that day we were honorary Dutch people!

Armin van Buuren

At the end of his set Armin was given a Royal Dutch distinction, as Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands named him Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. This was a surprise to the crowd as well as him. It was amazing to see- you could tell he was so humbled by it as this huge crowd of people cheered for him. It was quite the show. At this point it was after 5 PM and we were all beat so we went back to our buildings to eat and rest.

Best day ever


About Ivy

I'm Ivy. 23 years old, resident of the great state of North Carolina. Lover of music, tea, unicorns, traveling and daydreaming. I have one blog about my semester abroad in the Netherlands. The other is a compilation of things I've written.
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