Belgium, Health

True Happiness

My mom asked me last evening how I am dealing with the autumn allergies. To which I replied, I do not have frequent allergies anymore. I also do not suffer from severe headaches, dizzy spells, serious heart burns nor long coughing fits. All these thanks to the ten peaceful years living here and learning  how to really take care of myself.

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
~Seneca

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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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Belgium, Food & Drinks

Local Cheeses

For more than two years now, I was pretty darn sure that I have a favourite go-to cheese vendor for life. Well, that is until I met this friendly ice cream lady this past summer when taking a walk around De Gavers with my parents. D and I kept bumping into her at different farmer’s (or event) markets. Now, we have started to greet each other like old acquaintances whenever we see each other. In the beginning, I was buying the usual non-committal ice cream, butter, and yoghurt. But two weeks ago I started to really pay attention to the list of cheeses she carries. Since then, I have been buying different local cheeses from my new favourite?!

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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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Belgium, Travels

Busy Early Arrival

D and I landed at Zaventem 25 minutes earlier. Boy was the airport busy this Monday morning.

Fortunately for me, I did not have to line up at ‘All Passports’ but was allowed to go along with D and whizzed by immigration in minutes. I luv Belgium.

However, we did have to wait for a while at the baggage claim because a gazillion planes landed at the same time.

This trip has been smooth like butter. UA has won me over for now thanks to a very good partnership with Aer Lingus. Damn it, there goes one of my many mini boycotts.

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Belgium, Travels

Antwerp

D and I brought my parents to Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch) this afternoon. We walked about the city to enjoy the sights and sounds, stopped to drink beers, and then had a lovely dinner at a restaurant in China Town before heading home.

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Belgium

Water Level

It has started raining since early this morning for an entire day. As a result, the water level of our cistern had increased significantly. We are officially back into the ‘safe’ zone. The lawn and vegetable garden are also looking better. Thank goodness!

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Beautiful North Sea sunset viewed from the West Flemish Coast.

Belgium, Travels

Sunday Sunset

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Belgium

Localised Dry Spell

It has not rain properly for months now!

This damn drought is so localised around the Kortrijk area, that big fat rain clouds pass us by without oozing out anything. I know it is bad when I need to use a big shovel when burying my kitchen scraps. I am saving water I use to clean my vegetables and pouring this out to my thirsty plants.

Maybe I should clean my windows more often, tempt the rain gods. Argh… I truly despise droughts.

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