Sunday me and two dear friends of mine went on a ‘hofjestocht’ through Leiden. “A hofje is a Dutch word for a courtyard with almshouses around it.” They were used as social housing since the middle ages. Wealthy owners were hoping that housing the poor, the sick, or the elderly would help get them in to heaven. Gotta love that religious fear, ’cause in this case, it provided some gorgeous little houses and courtyards!
My lovely friend Renate, who lives in Leiden, altered an already existing route to suit my psychical needs. Which I think was pretty awesome of her. And so we could still see a lot of hofjes, but we didn’t need to walk around for hours and hours.
Leiden is such a cute city. And going into all the little hofjes just made the whole city seem that much cuter. I love old dutch architecture, and Leiden has plenty to offer!
Unfortunately there were some massive train delays on my way back home, which made a 30 minute train ride into a two hour train ride from hell. Ughghghuuhhgg. Sorry Renate, I’m not sure if I dare make the trip to Leiden any time soon after that 😉