Belgium, Events

Festive Weekend

It has been three eventful days since my Friday meet-up with M.

Starting Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, it was Harelbeke Feest. The weather was lovely, so there were crowds of people everywhere. Saturday afternoon, D and I went to join a guided tour of the new apartment building site in the city center. We then wandered about enjoying the sights and sounds of the city festival. We visited a couple of exhibitions for free, sat down for a beer each, bought some chicken wings from a youth club and then cycled back home for dinner. We returned in the evening to watch the annual fireworks. After that, we went to Kortrijk to a local beer festival.

Harelbeke Feest continued on this Sunday, which also happens to be Dag Van De Landbouw. Because we were to have a barbecue lunch with the family, and would not have much time to spare, D and I went to visit a goat farm in the morning before our lunch at the parents. After the lovely lunch, we decided to not stay on, but left to visit a vineyard in Wervik. After the vineyard and on our way out, we met the farmer woman whom we usually buy our potatoes from. When she told us that she had visited an interesting horse farm not far way, D decided right there and then that we will go see some horses instead of heading home as planned. There were some crazy drive around before we finally reached the Flemish horse farm. We saw some impressive work horses and even managed to get on the last ride on a horse buggy.

What a day!

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Belgium, Events

Open Monumentendag 2019

Yesterday was Open Monumentendag here in Belgium. D and I started out the Sunday afternoon by visiting a chapel which we did not know exist in our own hometown! Then, we went to a turf-roofed farmhouse in Ingooigem. After that, we visited an eclectic cottage styled villa in Kortrijk. Last but not least, we went to Ingemunster to visit a larger farm house. At the end of the visit, we chanced upon an old lady who was the niece to the last owners of the place. She was only too pleased to tell us stories about the place. What wonderful luck we had!

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Belgium, Events

Row, Row, Row The Boat…

Last Sunday was Gavers Day again, but this year they are calling it De Gavers uitgepluisd … go figure?! D and I biked to the lake at around 4 o’clock, went on the fluisterboot (electrical whisper boat), and then went on a canoe and did the Ben Hur thing. Admittedly, I was able to see and hear better on the fluisterboot, in comparison to the canoe. The latter, I had to concentrate on my paddling, making sure that I did my part and not hit the other paddles in front and back of me.

Overall a fine Sunday spent in nature and with other people.

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Belgium, Events, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Cinema Under The Trees

After an early dinner yesterday evening, D and I biked to De Gavers, to an event known as Cinema Under The Trees. The film that we watched is called Intelligent Trees. The venue was fantastic, the event well organised, the film was very informative and altered some of my thoughts regarding trees.

Despite the chilly windy evening and the challenging bike ride through the dark forest, I really had a good time. I shall do it again in a heartbeat – bike ride included.

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Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

Zwevegem International Beer Festival 2019

Yesterday evening after dinner, D and I went to the international beer festival at Zwevegem. It was our second beer festival this year, after Brugge.

Despite the somewhat gloomy weather, the turn out was surprisingly good. Admittedly, I did not have much desire to drink beers, not after the last two gatherings in the week! I did enjoy the ambiance though. It is almost sure to be a pleasant time when one is amongst a happy crowd enjoying drinks, food, music and togetherness.

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Events

BBQ With Neighbours

A few days after the hefty wedding reception on Saturday, D and I will be attending this year’s barbecue/bonding event with the neighbours this evening. Eating and drinking again! Fortunately, it is just across the street.

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Belgium, Events, Jibber Jabber

A Calm Sunday

Yesterday morning, D and I went to the recycling park to toss several bags of ivy clippings. After that, we did a quick grocery run so that I may get all the ingredients I need for the recent appetizer orders I received a few days ago.

In the evening, we biked to the cultural centre to attend the wedding reception of our neighbour. What a night it turned out to be. It was 5am when D and I got home!

A calm Sunday for both of us today…

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Events, Jibber Jabber

Moon Landing

It was exactly 50 years ago when human beings first landed on the moon. Being a fan of Arthur C. Clarke’s novels, I for one am truly disappointed that there has not been any progress in that area of exploration.

I have expected at least one moon-base manned by an international team of scientists, researchers, and explorers. If keeping a handful of people alive on the moon proves to be too much of a challenge for Earth, why not just erect an observation station crewed by a robot or two?

Meanwhile, we are using up our precious resources and polluting the planet, using our intelligence to build deadly weapons to kill or threaten our neighbours, and shitting where we eat.

And we wonder why Buzz Aldrin was pissed off?!

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Belgium, Events

Gent Smaakt 2019

The last time D and I went to Gent Smaakt was in 2016! So, today we made the effort and planned a trip to Gent for this specific event. We also get to visit Barrio Cantina which was a block away.

I still think Gent is one of the loveliest cities in Belgium.

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Events, Flashbacks

EQC

My home in Malaysia is only a street away from a football field. So, almost every day you will see people playing football, hockey or some other field sports.

When I was a university student in Michigan, some school friends and I went to a home game of American football (rugby). I remember having a fun time eating hot dogs and drinking Mello Yello (school events are almost always kids-friendly, thus alcohol-free) while watching the game. I can not recall much of the match since I did not understand it and never really bother to.

I have also been a spectator to an ice hockey game at the university’s ice rink. Because it was more than 20 years ago, all I remembered was players crashing violently onto each other and on hard surfaces of ice, cement barriers and some transparent non-glass dividers. It was brutal!

In 2011, when visiting my sister and her husband in Seattle, D and I were invited to a baseball game. That was also a fun and unique experience.

The uniqueness of my spectator sports experience peaked today. D and I biked to the football stadium here in Harelbeke to watch the European Quidditch Cup!

Football, field hockey, cricket, American football, ice hockey, and baseball… none of these prepared me for the strangeness of quidditch. Turning an imaginary sports from the Harry Potter universe into this real life four games combo must have involved a lot of tweaking. The part of my brain which savours fantasy and magic refused to bend to reality. Real life quidditch was weird, confusing and maybe a bit too real for me. To the fans, it proves to be a highly energetic and very exciting event. To each his own.

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