Somewhere near the river

[Leiden, 2016] I was asked by my supervisor to meet one of profs at Leiden Uni. After giving me the prof’s address and so on, his last statement was “so, have you been to Leiden?” Me: “Yes, once.” Him: “Do you have any idea where the library is located?” Me: “Yeahhh, somewhere near the river.” He stared at me blankly. Now I know why. I know why we should never use “near the river”, “across the river”, “next to the bridge”, “facing the river, bridge, canal, fence, water” when we get to indicate a place position in the Netherlands. Don’t do that if you don’t want to look stupid. Just don’t. Okay, now I got it.



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