Eating, Reading, and Listening.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 | 8 comments

Eating, Reading, and Listening.

Life hasn’t been too eventful in the last weeks… so I’ve decided to give you all a little run-down of the mundane but hopefully mildly interesting goings-on as of late.

EATING: 

Today is Sunday and we began the day by sleeping in a bit late… I was then coerced into making a trip down the block to pick up some tasty breakfast items from the bakery. I quickly readied myself and donned my hat, gloves, and scarf because the autumn air is beginning to bite your ears and sting your hands as you ride your bike these days. All bundled up, I set off through the churchyard, breathing deeply and enjoying the smell of the crisp leaves. I rode slowly and had time to enjoy the flowers left from last week’s Armistice Day still lying on the monument in front of the church. The edges of the heavy mum blooms are beginning to brown but their buttery-colored smooth centers were still a pretty sight. I carefully passed a family who were walking happily with their toddler along the path and then came up behind an old woman taking her little Yorkshire terrier for a morning walk. I’m sure she thought she was alone and unnoticed as she playfully talked to her little pup, asking him why he was in such hurry. She gave in, to his delight, and started running alongside him for a little ways. As I passed her I dinged my bike bell so as not to startle her and I’m sure she realized that I was privy to their spontaneous frolic. At the bakery I stumbled my way through ordering all of our goodies and just couldn’t leave without taking home this little friend for mijn vriend (of een dier voor my dear — okay, okay. Done with the language puns.).

 

READING:

dIn other news, I’ve been reading a lot of books. I finished George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier last week and have just begun reading Henry Green’s Living. My copy of Living comes bound with two other works by Green, Loving, and Party Going. So far Living is proving challenging and based on reviews I think I would be enjoying reading Loving more than Living but so is the life of the literature student. Additionally, I’ve been trying to make it through a couple of Shakespeare plays for the coming week. We’re quickly approaching the end of the semester and my reading plate is fuller than ever. Dorian is the ever-present reading companion, sometimes proving to be an obstacle but always well-meaning.

LISTENING:

Perhaps not a lot of my American readers know this, but in Belgium (and in many other countries) there are shows produced based on other successful shows. For example, in Belgium we have the Belgian versions of Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, and many others. The show I’ve been enjoying lately is De Beste Singer-Songwriter van Vlaanderen (The best singer-songwriter from Flanders). It features Flemish musicians that come and perform their original songs. The judges are selecting two to continue with the show during each episode so far and I think in the end they will all be competing against each other for the title. Anyway, I wanted to include the clips from their songs because I think some of them are really great. I enjoy the type of music they are creating and there’s a level of talent that these people have to possess that I don’t always think other reality shows require. Have a listen yourself, #3 might be my favorite so far.

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  • http://www.sarainlepetitvillage.com/ Sara Louise

    That is the cutest pastry I have ever seen! I don’t think I could actually eat it, it’s just too darn cute :)

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      It was just too cute! I couldn’t not buy it. :) I cringed as the boyfriend took the first bite but he didn’t seem to have any problem eating it. 😉

  • Melissa Callaert

    Damn limited 30 sec haha!

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Yes, but just long enough to get a few of them stuck in your head so you’ll go around singing them all week. 😉 Do you watch the show?

      • Melissa Callaert

        I saw the first episodes, but kinda forgot which day it’s on so i forgot to watch oops!

  • Someone

    To set a few things straight though..

    Dancing with the Stars –> UK format BBC , strictly come dancing.
    The voice -> Dutch , Jon de mol productions , comes from “The voice of Holland”
    So you think you can dance -> created by Brits Simon Fuller & Nigel Lythgoe , sold to FOX, first shown on US tv in 2005.

    Many others you say..
    Big Brother -> Endemol , Dutch
    X Factor -> Simon Cowell , UK
    The mole -> Woestijnvis , Flanders
    Survivor (expeditie robinson) -> Charlie Parson , UK
    “American Idol” -> comes from “pop idol” Created by Simon Fuller UK.
    The bachelor -> ABC created in the US. (This format is actually American)
    Fear Factor -> Endemol , Dutch
    Star Academy -> Endemol , Dutch
    The Farm -> Swedish

    etc etc .. you’d be surprised.

    On a side note ,

    I was shocked tbh to hear Edward Conrad say on the daily show that “all innovation comes from America” he was convinced of it as well.

    Do Americans need to believe that to be able to fall asleep at night?

    Anyway , ever since that day the whole subject irks me a bit tbh , and when someone expresses something relating to it exasperation surfaces.

    I am sure you have come to see the world slightly differently after moving around (even the most open minded person’s brain falls out of his/her head at least once a month when they are abroad) and I really REALLY am not pointing at you in particular here, with this message I am mainly wondering aloud if this is default behavior to Americans to fallback into because it’s “normal”. IE , thinking everything on the planet originates from the US.

    If you’re curious here’s a link to the daily show interview:

    http://tinyurl.com/b4oauj5
    http://tinyurl.com/7eloebj

    (I also know an ex Baine Capital employee is not the measuring stick for all Americans LOL)

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Wow, what an informative response. I should have conducted a bit more research… However, time is lacking for extra research at the moment, but I appreciate that you’ve added it all for readers that were also put off by that section. My ‘often American’ in parenthesis was to help put emphasis on the fact that I had not researched all of that information. I wasn’t trying to imply that America is the only country generating such successful shows. I’ll remove that so as not to offend any others. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

  • Ariane

    The hedgehog (egel) is so cute. After living in Flanders for 4 years, I finally saw one this summer. He rolled into a ball of course as soon I got too close.