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August 8, 2019

We’ve been diving Anilao since 2007. We made hundreds and hundreds of dives there, so I think we are somewhat qualified by now to write something about the place now that we just went back over there in June and came back with mixed feelings.

Don't get me wrong : Anila...

May 2, 2019

First something about the current wave of terror of the eco-fascists.  Do I think that we have to treat our environment better than we do now ? Of course I do. Do I make an effort in my personal life ? Of course I do. But do any of you ecological gestapos think I feel...

October 8, 2018

As most of my friends know I have a very low boredom threshold (oh and I don’t do small-talk). So after a year in Belgium I’m quickly running out of exceptional places to see or things to visit. In fact all that remains is the area around the Yzer valley where we would...

August 16, 2018

Belgium has been the battleground of Europe since as far back as the Roman Empire as it had no natural protection from its big neighboring countries.

On top of that the Belgian territory is almost completely void of natural obstacles. The rivers facilitate the transport...

July 4, 2018

Long Live Flanders - Where there's mussels with fries - Where a chicken is spit-roasted - Where the church stands right in the middle of the village - Long Live Flanders - Where they can still praise the lord ... (© Raymond Van Het Groenewoud - Flemish singer-songwrite...

February 27, 2018

1) Today your train has a delay of 15 minutes.

Translation: if you’re lucky it’ll show up in about 30 to 45 minutes and on a different platform as announced.

2) Today your train has 5 carriages instead of 15.

Translation: watch how we squeeze passengers from 15 carriages...

October 16, 2017

Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term so I left Lebanon after 4 years (© Tom Fletcher ex-UK ambassador to Beirut) Having left Lebanon a few months ago and with the benefit of hindsight and some healthy distance from the country, I think it’s time to write...

April 14, 2017

Nobody in this story, and no country or continent, thank God, is based upon an actual person or country or continent in the real world. But I can tell you this: as my journey through the diplomatic jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with reality,...

April 7, 2017

This blog is based on fact. Any similarity with fictitious events or characters is purely coincidental. All events described herein actually happened, though on occasion the author has taken certain, very small, liberties with chronology, because that is his right as a...

April 2, 2017

The characters and events in this blog are fictitious. Any apparent similarity to real persons, countries or continents is not intended by the author and is either a coincidence or the product of your own troubled imagination.

You are the fourth Secretary and Consu...

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Loving to travel around the world, we both started working for Belgian Foreign Affairs back in 1991. That was the beginning of more than two, going on three decades of discovering foreign countries and cultures.

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