Travels

Travel Preparation

Today, I clean the house as I usually do on Wednesdays. Then, I do my accounting and finances. I pay bills that are due in the near future and allocate funds to where they will be needed.

Tomorrow, I shall try to freeze any leftover food that the four of us cannot finish. I will also get some snacks ready for the budget flights I have booked. Then, one last kitchen scrap composting and I will be ready for the upcoming trip to America on Friday.

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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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Human Nature, Simplify, Travels

Gathering

We had a simple family gathering at our home this afternoon. One last time for the family to spend some moments with each other before some of us move and travel onwards. Who knows when we are going to see each other again. Overall, it was a lovely Sunday afternoon drinking coffee, eating cake, chatting and playing with the two young boys.

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Jibber Jabber, Travels

Boycott Fail

Four years ago, I wrote this. Well, I have just booked some air tickets on the same airline I am supposed to avoid at all cost. I guess ‘monetary cost’ was a strong enough reason for me to allow myself to be herded about the internet like some digital life stock. I do not like my decision. I do not like how I am currently feeling regarding this matter. I guess we just need to face it and hope for the best.

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Beautiful North Sea sunset viewed from the West Flemish Coast.

Belgium, Travels

Sunday Sunset

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Belgium, Travels

Durbuy & Dinant

Yesterday, we went on a road trip visiting the cities Durbuy and Dinant. Quaint little Durbuy claims to be the smallest city in the world, whereas Dinant boasted an impressive citadel next to the river Meuse. D and I have been to both cities before, but we still find the trip quite enjoyable. I am glad that mom and dad are healthy and mobile despite being in their mid-seventies. How wonderful to see them get excited and interested in things here in Belgium.

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Belgium, Travels

Wenduine

D and I brought my parent to Wenduine for a short visit. It was a lovely seaside city overlooking the North Sea. During a walk along the sea front, I spotted an offshore windmill park. Yeah to being blessed with eagle eyes!

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Jibber Jabber, Travels

Cousin, Mustard & Coffee

Today in Gent, the four of us met up with my cousin who has lived in Belgium for a year. Family meet up aside, I took this opportunity to buy a jar of mustard and some coffee at local businesses that I have known for years. Going to Gent still feels like going home. I am pretty sure that I will feel the same if I ever visit Las Vegas and Lahad Datu.

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Creative Business, Simplify, Travels

Airport Shuttle

Before our flight back to Belgium, we were faced with some transportation dilemmas. After weighing my three options of family pick-up, train and airport shuttle; I quickly opted for the last. Admittedly, an airport shuttle costs more than four train tickets. But I am pleased with my decision because we do not have to trouble anyone, there is no need to wait, no need to drag our luggages about, and get driven straight to our front door. I am always willing to pay more for convenience and time.

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