Events, Human Nature

Thoughtful Tuesday Walk

This morning, I walked to the local Delhaize to do some light grocery shopping. I also wanted to take advantage and pick up a few items which are on promotion. Buy-one-get-one-free is really hard to resist!

Today is also my dear niece’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Ally!

It might seem strange to certain people that I can still remember things that happened around me when I was ten. Thus, how can one forget an eventful year like 2007?! Aside from the excitement of becoming an aunt, it was the year when the last Harry Potter book came out. It was the year my youngest brother married and we all had a wonderful family reunion. Last but not least, it was the year that I left the US for Belgium.

Ten years now… no regrets.

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Belgium, Events

Winter Lights

Last evening, D and I went to ‘Putteke Winter’ at the Gavers. Because of the event’s distance from our home, we biked there just like we did last year. Driving there and trying to find a decent parking would be ridiculous.

We had a lovely walk around the lake to enjoy the light displays and performances. After that, we met up with D’s mom for a drink.

One does not need to travel far to enjoy life’s little offerings.

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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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Events

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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