Snow Day

It snowed this morning. And for once, the temperature was low enough for the snow to stay for a few hours. Enough time for the neighbourhood kids to have some winter fun.

It is wonderful to be able to enjoy the snowy winter view from our warm home. Though, I have a feeling that ‘snow carpets’ are going to be rarer here as our planet gets warmer.

Ah well, enjoy it while it last and be prepared to adapt to future climates. That much we can do.

Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Yet Another Friday Bike Ride

It rained earlier in the day. Then it got a bit windy in the afternoon. Sunset would be around 5pm. And my dear man wanted us to bike to the Lokaal. He would bring along a backpack to carry our grocery. Along the way, we would need to do a small detour to replace a pyjama set which was a size too small.

Despite my somewhat weak protests in the beginning, we ended up accomplishing all of the above. On the way home, I had to bike with a non-working front bike light which decided to die on me today. All I can say is that I am glad I am now sitting in front of the computer writing the tale of surviving yet another bike ride. Ah, the things we do for love…

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.

Belgium, Food & Drinks

Food & Beer

Finally, a beer festival in Kortrijk!

D and I went to the first edition of Just Beer at Kortrijk Xpo. A good selection of reasonably priced beers, food pairing workshops (see free food above), and a more ‘civilized’ crowd of beer tasters.

We sincerely hope there will be future editions.

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.

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.

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.

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?!

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.