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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 28, 2019

In April we finally came around to visiting a couple of dear friends from our days in Beirut - Lebanon. So under an unbelievably glorious April sun we drove North to De Bult where Marjolijn and Jan-Willem live. De Bult is situated at the crossroads of several Dutch Pro...

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...

January 17, 2019

Certainly true for us now that we’re back in Belgium. But you should remember that we were stationed abroad for the past 26 years. So for us most of Belgium had to be (re)discovered. We’ve been in Belgium for a little more than 1 year now, and traveled around quite a l...

December 6, 2018

I suppose all of you know the fantastic novel of Jules Verne? A league in most English speaking countries is about 4.83 km. So 20,000 leagues would bew ⟨𝜓𝑓;𝑡𝑓|𝜓𝑖;𝑡𝑖⟩= ∑∞𝑛=0(−𝑖)𝑛∫𝑑𝑡1𝑑𝑡2⋯𝑑𝑡𝑛 ⟨𝜓𝑓;𝑡𝑓|𝑒−𝑖𝐻0(𝑡𝑓−𝑡1)𝑉𝑒−𝑖𝐻0(𝑡1−𝑡2) ⋯𝑉𝑒−𝑖𝐻0(�...

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...

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...

June 1, 2018

The Gileppe dam in Jalhay.

This is a nice place to spend a few hours and even a few days in the region (High Fens, Eastern Belgium/Eifel).

There's a clean and safe parking next to the 77 m high tower where you can have a panoramic view over the area and the dam.
And for...

May 24, 2018

The history of the Hasselt Japanese gardens starts in 1985, when the city of Hasselt and the Japanese city of Itami signed a friendship charter, thus becoming sister cities.
At the request of the city of Itami, who sought a permanent symbolic presence of both cultures...

May 24, 2018

Maybe this is a step then in the right direction: a transparent church building. 3O Tons of steel went into this quirky artwork, aptly named “reading between the lines” and sitting on a hill in Borgloon.
Depending on the perspective of the viewer, the church is either...

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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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