Belgium, Events

Cheers To 2023!

Yesterday, D and I joined some of our neighbours to celebrate the new year with drinks and appetizers.

This evening, we went to Kortrijk to experience the city’s new year celebration. After the fireworks, there were free drinks, fries, and burgers for everyone!

Belgium, Events

Christmas 2022

In the five days before Christmas, D and I have visited the Christmas Market in Kortrijk, went to a friend’s 50th birthday gathering, and then hosted a dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve with the parents.

Have a joyful and peaceful Christmas!

Belgium, Food & Drinks, Numbers

Brussels Waffles

D’s parents found a new recipe for Brussels waffles not long ago. Eager to test out the recipe and to use their very expensive waffle iron, D and I were invited to coffee time yesterday afternoon. And just like that, we spent an entire Sunday afternoon, plus most part of the evening at the parents, eating too many waffles and watching too much TV. 😛

Today, I have three leftover waffles in the refrigerator, and four in the freezer. No food waste here!

Belgium, Events

Putteke Winter 2022

Putteke Winter 2022 at the Gavers was a big success. As with most post-pandemic events these days, there were so many people! Admittedly, it was not much of a winter walk because it is the middle of November, and it was not really cold. No one was complaining though. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to plough through snow and ice to see light installations.

Took a tumble when I missed a corner cycling home in the rain. Was not my first fall from the bicycle and will probably not be my last. Like a child learning how to cycle, I will fall and I will get up, and I am thanking the stars that I did not sustain any serious injuries.

Such is life.

Belgium, Events, Numbers

Four Days Of Halloween

Children have been showing up in little groups at our house, trick-or-treating for sweets since Friday evening. Do they not know that Halloween is a one day event on the 31st of October?

We were totally out of ‘treats’ at 8 o’clock in the evening of Halloween. D had to give away some of his cookies! 😛

Belgium, Events, Jibber Jabber, Simplify, Travels

Specks Of Stardust

Yesterday evening, D and I cycled to the culture centre to attend a ticketed talk by Frank Deboosere. Flanders’ favourite weatherman presented ‘De grootsheid van het heelal’ (The vastness of the universe) with enthusiasm and mind blowing numbers. Even though I am not a stranger to the topic of planets, stars, space and have watched some big budget programs presented by scientists and professors; it was something else to listen to someone standing on a podium just metres away from me. It was worth every Euro…

We are all but specks of stardust. Miniscule specks, yes. But stardust!

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks, Travels

Oogstfeest Bokkeslot

It is oogstfeest (harvest festival) at the kids farm Bokkeslot today. At around three in the afternoon, D and I cycled there at a relaxed tempo. We took the scenic route.

The entrance was full of parked bicycles! Cars were parked several streets away. Inside the farm, there were more people than animals. Thankfully, the animals did not seem stressed and were used to noisy ‘grabby’ kids. The donkeys even came close to the fence, so that the people may pet them. Ah donkeys…

D and I visited the animals, drank beers, ate oliebollen, bought something from the store, took photos, and were laughing at how noisy the little ones can be! At golden hour, I ate a hamburger (photo below) before we cycled home.

What lovely weather on an October day. What a lovely Sunday afternoon!

Belgium, Travels

Scenic Route & Fair Trade

This afternoon, D decided to take the scenic route to the butcher shop Puur Vlees. The journey was longer, but it was indeed scenic. 😉

Before heading home with our meat purchase, we stopped by our city’s train station for the opening of an Oxfam store. Free drinks and munchies aside, I am glad that the fair trade store has moved closer. I do need to find out when the store’s opening hours are…

Belgium, Health

Second Booster Shot

Yesterday, D and I went for our COVID-19 booster shots. We never had any reservation as regards to getting ourselves boostered before the autumn. Vaccination does not only protect the vaccinated, but also those they interact with.

As of now, I have had three different kinds of vaccine in me. 😛

Aside for some achy muscles and joints, this is by far the mildest side effects that I have encountered.