When Rupelmonde Throws a Party

One big part of summer in Belgium are festivals, village celebrations (kermis is the name they give to it in Flanders) and all sorts of small scale events. Our neighborhood here in Rupelmonde is not left out of the traditions, they throw a party called Schellekensfeesten. That event took place last weekend. What on earth…

The first leg of learning Dutch

Yup, here we are, a little bit smarter. 80 hours of Dutch behind my back. Breakthrough module is now studied. I think I did good, well, the hell with it, I did great! I got 96% of the maximum score! Just some minor things to be corrected. Plus I made new friends, which is always…

A Belgian Beer Festival

Just as we waved good byes to my parents, our minds were already turned to the next destination. That would be the yearly event of the Zythos Beer festival in Leuven. That has somewhat formed to be a tradition for us. It is the perfect place to go find new beers and get to know…

The Carnival -Belgian style

It was a bright Sunday morning, as we had planned to rebuild buggy trailer so that it would fit all 4 of our buggies. Our newest, the Apexx, had finally entered the family. So far, it had been sitting on our living room floor, unscrewed and in pieces – Ah the fresh smell of rubber tires in the morning……

Maybe and her sisters

Oh, Waffle will hate me for this. The word I have been working on to morph is maybe. That wonderful, flexible, versatile and sweet word. I can answer just about any question with the word “maybe”, in its different forms. Waffle does not like it. It makes him uncertain. It makes just about anyone doubt…

The hidden pleasures of Finnish kitchen

Us Finns, we are a humble nation. We rarely think that we should be proud of our accomplishments. We hush down people who are trying to tell us, that something we did is great or amazing! “It is nothing special” or “It is just something small like that”, “I don’t know, I just made it”….

Finnish Beer in Brussels

I got a hint about a Finnish beer festivity in Brussels. As a Finn, I felt obliged to attend to this event since Finland is absolutely not famous for its beers. Or anything else food related, which is a pity. We have a perfectly fine cuisine! It has been a while since the last time I…

Sauna – The gateway to Finnishness

In the heart of Finnish culture you will find sauna. That hot, steaming, hissing, dim and smoky room, where Finns go to shed the dusts of life off of their shoulders. The Finnish mind relaxes and the bruised body heals in sauna. The secrets of ones mind open there. It is a place of self…