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.
D, my mother and I went to our first de Quaeye Werelt today. I liked it! But then, what’s not to like about dressed up warriors and make belief tent villages of the 15th century?
Despite an unforseen traffic jam and a major delay, we did enjoy the limited time we spent at the reenactment event. We missed the reenactment battle but we ate, drank, roamed around and took plenty of photos.
This afternoon, D and I plus both our parents went to Westvleteren to drink some great beers. After that, we proceeded to Ieper to witness the Last Post. Despite the fact that this was not my first time experiencing the daily tribute, and that World War One is not really history closely linked to me… a deep sadness did sink in when the trumpets sounded.
Currency exchange is a breeze here in Belgium. Just bring the foreign currency to a bank, exchange these at the day’s rate and deposit the local currency straight into your bank account.
D and I took the train to Brussels this morning to meet up with my visiting family. We were planning to buy a rail pass which will give us 10 rides for €77. The man at the ticketing counter offered us a better option by giving us weekend fares on our two return tickets. I love trains, and I love Belgium. D said it is easy for me to proclaim that because I do not need to commute heavily by train…
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.
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.
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.
Behold the Easter lunch at my in-laws!
Needless to say, the exaggerated quantity of food plus a family full of picky eaters, meant an abundance of leftovers. My well known reluctance to throw food and my ability of eating the same things over and over again has resulted in a fridge full of ‘Easter lunch takeaway’. I think I have at least eight boxes of food consisting of pasta salad, potato salad, cold meats, deviled eggs, and all sorts of greens. Well, I definitely know what I will be eating in the next two to three days.
Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter of SG1) is the only excuse I need to attend this year’s FACTS in April. The actress is just as quirky and clever as the TV characters she acted in. I was not disappointed. The admiration is still intact.
That being said, all other things that D and I experienced during our 7-hour attendance were extra bonuses. Nathan Fillion was very entertaining. The Beast came close to claiming a few victims, but evoked the competitive monkey out of me. Celebrities, cosplay costumes, comics books – a fun and eventful afternoon!