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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Events

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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Belgium, Events

Rainy Gentse Feesten

Yesterday evening, D and I went to Gentse Feesten 2017. A couple of heavy rainfalls caused most people to scatter away seeking shelters, making the streets a lot less crowded compared to years past. Regardless of the weather, Ghent during this festival is always full of life and activities. For D and I, it is still fun attending this beloved annual event.

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Belgium, Events

Sinksen 2017

D and I spent this Sunday afternoon at the Sinksen in Kortrijk with both our parents. I do not know if it was my parents presence which somehow affected my outlook of things, but it seems that this year’s celebration is a bit less lively than before. There seemed to be less people as well. 

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Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

Food Trucks In Kortrijk

After dinner this Sunday evening, D and I went to the HAP Food Truck Festival in Kortrijk. I had to laugh when I saw the sign shown in the photo above. It says ‘Asian Street Food, Made by Belgians’. Now, don’t you just love them for being that honest?!

After sharing a dessert and a beer while listening to live music, we enjoyed a brisk walk in the city before heading home.

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Belgium, Events

Happenings

Today, my parents arrived in Switzerland. After their river cruise, they will come visit me. Two more weeks and they will be here!

After lunch, D and I went to our favourite Asian grocery store to stock up on some necessary items. The newly located store is definitely bigger and brighter. It will take us some time before we get familiar to the new venue. New or old, I still walked out of that store with a lighter wallet.

After putting away my purchases at home, we headed off to a recently popular Friday event known as ‘Lokaal’. This is a weekly market event which takes place inside an old but spacious venue that used to be a frame-making factory. The market consists of about ten stalls selling local produces ranging from diary products, fruits, vegetables, fishes, breads and meats. Oh, and this won’t be a Flemish thing if there wasn’t a bar and cafe. In the few hours D and I spent at the market, we ended up buying and drinking a bit too much.

In the evening after dinner, we were off to a birthday gathering, meeting people whom I haven’t seen in years.

Yep, this was one of those days filled with many happenings – big and small.

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Belgium, Events

Building Sites

Yesterday was Open Wervendag. D and I spent most of the afternoon visiting building sites. Two of the sites we went to had guided tours and free drinks at the end of the tour. How wonderfully Flemish.

We summed up the afternoon by going to an annual garden market in Marke. It was fun roaming the vicinity of a small castle, browsing at various plants, artwork, food, drinks and trinkets.

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