Belgium, Creative Business, Events

E-Commerce 2017

This is the 4th time D and I attended the e-commerce conference at Kortrijk Xpo. Not much has changed in this year’s event when compared to the ones in past years. We saw the same businesses manning the 20 or so conference stands. Similar freebies – consisting mainly of stationery items – were given out to the conference goers. The talks regarding technology, trends, and the future of e-commerce within the Benelux sounded the same to me.

The only exception was the keynote speech which took place in the beginning of the conference. The speaker is from London, spoke in English, and told of things beyond the Belgian borders.

Other than that, everything has remained the same, including the free sandwiches and drinks.

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Belgium, Events

How Things Work…

Yet another open bedrijvendag this cloudy cold Sunday. D and I went to an energy company, a lighting company and lastly a wood flooring company. Nothing mind blowing this time, but still enjoyable. And of course there are the free drinks and snacks.

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Children’s Farm

D and I have invited his parents over for lunch this sunny Sunday. The simple meal consisted of two perfectly grilled fish, an option of steamed or fried rice and lots of fresh green salad.

When the parents left for another event involving the grandchildren, D and I stayed back to finish watching the Cycling World Championships. We then went to a children’s farm at Marke to check out the 15th Annual Farmer’s Market. It was really fun to be among people, seeing all those cute farm animals, and to roam about the 25 stalls of various local produce. We saw some familiar vendors and stayed to chat with a couple of them when they were not too busy.

It has been a lovely Sunday.

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Belgium, Events

Beer & Hop Festival

This afternoon, D and I went to Poperinge for the Beer & Hop Festival. First, we waited by the street to watch the triennial hop-themed parade. After that we went to a free photo exhibition about the Chinese Labour Corp of World War One. It was enlightening yet sobering to learn about the Chinese labourers who were here during the war. Last but not least, we went to Lekker Westhoek for some local beers and dishes. D and I were a bit disappointed by the limited food choices this year, but I am happy to have come across a very good triple beer known as Driope 8.

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Belgium, Events

Monuments

D and I visited several interesting places this Open Monument Day. First, we went to an old farm which was converted into a youth training atelier. Our next destination was a villa in Kortrijk, where the history was made very interesting by an enthusiastic guide. Within walking distance of the villa is a hidden garden with a tree of heart shaped leaves, an old well and a large ice cellar. Not far from this garden is a restored merry-go-round. After that, we tried to visit another villa in Waregem and a castle in Kruishoutem. These were not possible for the line was too long at the villa and the castle was closed early. These two locations were on the national news earlier. So, this was to be expected. I am not too disappointed though. It has been a lovely Sunday afternoon.

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Creative Business, Events, Food & Drinks

Foreplay 2017

D and I went to the first edition of Foreplay in Ghent. The theme of the conference is “Technology in the city of people”. My main reason of going to this all day conference was to listen to Aral Balkan, someone whom D follows on Twitter. The conference was interesting and I did learn a few new things here and there. I cannot help but think that it would have been even more inspiring if I still live in Ghent.

The event was free. And so was breakfast, lunch, and the after conference network reception. And because this is Ghent, we were served insect appetizers (along with your typical boring non-insect kind). All this food and we can wash them down with a choice of red wine, white wine or the infamous beer “From Sewer to Brewer“. Yep, I ate insects and drank the piss beer! Ha!

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Happy Children

Yesterday, our street was turned into a play ground for the neighbourhood’s children. The afternoon’s highlight was a visit from the youth fire brigade. On the local news site today, an article (in Dutch) and some photos show up. What an incredibly fun afternoon for the kids, and a wonderful experience seeing all those laughing children playing in the foam.

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