My first Belgian Thanksgiving turned out to be a lot more American than I had planned. I arrived home from my Dutch class to find an empty apartment. Christophe returned soon with a mischievous grin and a backpack full of secret Thanksgiving supplies. He tried to kick me out of the kitchen but my stubbornness prevailed and we made a nice Thanksgiving dinner together. I was, like usual, only in charge of the peeling, chopping, and boiling of water as it seems to work more successfully this way.Read More
If you, too, enjoy reading blogs in order to find new ideas, inspiration for projects, books, recipes or just to entertain yourself during your free time, you might enjoy this wonderful site to help find new blogs and manage your favorites all in one place. Up until a couple of days ago I was just creating a file of bookmarks on my bookmarks toolbar with links to all of the blogs that I enjoy keeping up with. That was until I was reading a blog and saw an interesting icon that said “Follow me on Bloglovin.”Read More
This Fall marks the beginning of the second holiday season that I’ll be spending outside of the States. My favorite time of year has always been Fall and I’m enjoying it here in Belgium, too. I love when the leaves begin to fall and scent the morning air with their distinct and crisp smell. I like wearing cozy clothes, putting my ever-growing scarf collection to its rightful use, enjoying multiple cups of hot coffee and tea and smelling the toasty scent of cinnamon. Every morning when I ride my bike to my Dutch class, I find myself thinking that this really is a beautiful place to be living. I ride along the bike path next to the water and some mornings the fog hangs over the water. I feel quite content bundled up in my Fall scarf and hat, pedaling away through the multi-colored leaves and enjoying the view.Read More
People consuming horse milk. I had such a hard time wrapping my brain around this concept at first. I don’t really know why it seems like such an oddity because cow milk is consumed widely without any associated strangeness. After a Google confirmation and a bit of time I became more comfortable with the thought of people consuming horse milk but it wasn’t until today that I had the opportunity to actually try it for myself. Today was the “Open Businesses” day in Flanders. Many businesses opened their doors to the public, providing an opportunity for people to become acquainted with their products and services. It was a beautifully warm day so we took our bikes and joined the ferocious fietsers (bicyclists) on the road to the Paardenmelkerij ‘t Kattenheye.Read More
O ne of the things I enjoy most about learning languages (and teaching languages for that matter) is experiencing the funny parts. After being in a multicultural relationship, living in Spain for a year, learning Spanish, and teaching English I can say that there have been quite a few funny communication mishaps along the way. These misunderstandings come in all varieties from the cute mistake, the vulgar, or the unfortunate. It’s
not always never easy communicating in a language that is not your own and it often results in what can be a very frustrating misunderstanding for either party involved.