Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks, Health

Self-Test, Beers & Burgers

I mentioned in an earlier blog post, that I shall only do the self-test when I need to be amongst people.

Well, today is that day. And the test came back negative, as expected. It has been ten days since D got tested positive for COVID-19. This means that there is a very low possibility that we would be carrying enough of the virus to infect someone else.

My exposure to the virus resulted in me getting sick (feeling bad) for two days. At times, my chest feels congested and I get dizzy spells. Hopefully, there will not be any lingering and prolong effects for either of us…

In the evening, D and I went to the nocturnal shopping event at a pond and garden centre. We attended this event a year ago, back when health measures were still enforced. And just like last year, free beers and burgers were offered to all paying customers. There was no live music this year, but D and I had our fun. 🙂

Belgium, Jibber Jabber, Numbers

Three More Weeks

I went to buy bread yesterday morning, and only managed to get a small round loaf because most bread were pre-ordered. The baker woman and I both lamented that, in three weeks time, the business will be over. The couple are already actively selling their inventory and tools. They even have their bicycles for sale? Both will work at a forklift company, and Magi sounded a bit stressed out when telling me about it. Next week, I shall try to say something encouraging because I do not want the rest of my bread runs to be depressing. I have made a few drastic changes and moves in my five decades of existence, and most of these turned out to be lovely adventures. I will tell that to Magi next time I go for bread…

Because it was a Thursday, I proceeded to the weekly market to buy a couple of eierkoeken for D. I also bought a whole rotisserie chicken as intended. Irene will be eating chicken for the next four days! 😛

After dinner in the evening, D and I cycled to the cultural centre to attend a free talk by a well-known philosophy professor, Johan Braeckman. The talk was entitled Kritisch Denken (Critical Thinking), and the time just flew by. It was definitely a wonderful learning experience, and I shall have a lot to ponder about in the next days. And to think, I have crossed the Pacific for lesser profs

To conclude the day in a nice manner, D and I drank a beer each at the café on site. The café has been taken over by someone new and has been turned into something more modern. After our drinks, D and I cycled back home at ease, our bellies and our brains duly filled.

Belgium, Events

Sinksen ’22

In all the years I have lived in Belgium, I have only known sunny Pentecost Sundays, until now… What can I say? Climate change?

Despite the rain and gloominess yesterday, D and I enjoyed ourselves at the Sinksen in Kortrijk. We went in the afternoon, ate oliebollen, drank beers, watched performances, walked a lot, ate an all-you-can-eat sushi dinner, and returned home in the late evening! 🙂

One has to be a bit thankful for these fun events. Admittedly, the virus is still making its rounds, thus we have not entered the post-pandemic era yet. Nevertheless, as vaccinated and boosted people, we do need to live our lives. Take what is offered, and make the best out of it.

Belgium, Flashbacks, Simplify

June Mowing

No Mow May (Maai Mei Niet) ends today for D and I. We were able to not mow the lawn for an entire month of May and then four days into June.

Last year, we let a patch or two go wild. But this time, we mowed everything! Well, at least I still have flowers along the fence and in my flower beds.

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

Harelbeeks Bierfeest

After Gent Smaakt on Friday, we had Harelbeeks Bierfeest the next day. 🙂

After dinner yesterday evening, D and I cycled to the city centre. I did not have high expectations, but was pleasantly impressed by this first edition beer festival so close to home. Between D and I, we tasted five new beers. That itself was an accomplishment on the part of the organisers. Who knows… maybe it will grow into a popular and successful yearly event for the city.

Belgium, Events, Travels

Ateliers, Building Sites & Petting Zoo

Behold! A shadow photo of D and I at the building site of Flanders Make.

So many things happening this weekend… Open Wervendag as seen above. Then, Aterlier In Beeld, where artists show case their ateliers to the general public. It was also Dag van de Zorg, but D and I did not have time nor great interest for that.

D and I spent this Sunday afternoon roaming South West Flanders, visiting three building sites, three ateliers, and a petting zoo. We had guided tours, free drinks, and feeling like the world does not know of the damn virus.

Admittedly, things have started to feel normal since E3. Like many others, I needed a little bit more time adjusting and easing back into a world that is still battling a pandemic. At some point in time, we need to have a bit of faith in the effectiveness of the vaccines, get ourselves back into the normal rhythm of life, and enjoy what our days have to offer.

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks, Travels

Mothers & Gardens

Mother’s Day 2022 felt like a pre-pandemic day.

In the afternoon, D and I went to a garden fair at Marke. We strolled about at leisure, drank beers, took some photos, and bought some local produce. Before leaving the park, D bought a potted dahlia for the mama.

We then proceeded to the parents house bearing the newly purchased gift. Since it was a weekend visit, there were drinking, chatting, ice-cream eating, and catching part of Giro d’Italia on tv.

D and I left at quarter to eight. Because D wanted to eat out and I did not feel like rush cooking a home-cook meal, we decided to try out a brasserie in town. Our neighbours love this place, and have been regulars for more than a year now. To D and I, the brasserie was just a typical place where food and service were decent. Nonetheless, it is nice to be able to add to our list, one more local eating place which is within biking distance. 😉

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

May First ’22

Making today a lazy Sunday after yesterday’s art and music festival would sound about right for D and I. But heck no, there were too many things to do today, we were not going to miss out!

It was my in-laws 51st wedding anniversary, so we dropped by the house to congratulate them. We gave them a box of cookies as gift. It was the thought and gesture that counts 😉

After the brief visit, we proceeded to Kortrijk to experience the last day of Paasfoor. We purposely parked at one end of the city, and then threaded our way slowly to the other end where the MayDayMayDay Festival was held. D and I drank beers, shared a burger, and enjoyed the music of two performers we went to see. Before heading home, we bought oliebollen from the Paasfoor. One must have oliebollen when one is at a fair.

What an afternoon. And this evening, we shall pass out…