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Author: Edgar Hütte

How to deal with rain?

To answer a question with another question, isn’t this article’s topic just an absurd question? In a way, it is, because there is nothing we can do about the rain. Well, not necessarily. Go forth and explore! Whenever I speak to newly arrived expats, I always say it is essential to have the right mindset when it comes to the weather in Brussels. We typically and make the best of our da...

Winter Weekend Ski

Our planned ski trip from Friday evening 12 to Sunday 14 January may take place after all! Read on At the moment of writing, the temperatures are dropping fast in Eastern France and more fresh snow is expected (18-25 cm by Friday!). The trend is also positive, meaning the forecasts are continuously adapted to even lower temperatures (nicely below 0) + increasingly better snow predictions. This mea...

Expat Club visits Christo lecture

It is not very common that an artist of the like of Christo comes to Brussels. There are not many artists that can equal the length of his career (about half a century, he’s 82 years old now). There are probably none that can match the scale of his works. Think the wrapping of the German Reichstag, the covering of 2,5 kilometers of Australian coast, and a 40km clothed fence that ran through Northe...

Christmas Markets Trips

The days get shorter. The temperatures drop. Christmas season is just around the corner. Since 2013 Expat Club has been organising dozens of special Christmas trips to a variety of destinations. Such trips are perfect for every expat, including families, single travellers, couples and small groups of friends and colleagues. We always travel by comfortable 4* luxury coach with extra leg space. At t...

Join our team

Expat Club’s membership base and activities are expanding quickly. Therefore we are looking for enthusiastic new members that would like to strengthen the organisational team behind all our events and trips. We are especially keen to offer more local member events during the week and weekends, so our other members can come and join our activities at various days.. In particular we are lookin...

Criminal handymen…

The subject line actually refers to a Facebook thread that I started last week about plumbers and other handyman scum who try to rip you off in any way possible. Let me explain… Our kitchen sink was clogged and no regular solution would work (plunger and special unclogging liquid), so I called a plumber. The price would be €138 all-in for 1 hour of work, including use of materials and eventu...

Another reason to sign up

Did you already sign up for a free Expat Club membership? If not, here is another good reason. Every time you make a booking for one of our events or trips you get a 2% discount. The amount is automatically deducted from the totals, but only of course if you are an approved member and actually logged in while making the reservation. How easy is that? This extra little bonus comes on top of the €10...

Time to sign up

A new year has begun. It’s not only time to think about new year’s resolutions, but also about the plans for Expat Club. Our international community is growing very fast. There are more events on the calendar than ever before, including local socialising events, lectures, workshops and walks. And there are more trips to increasingly more destinations. Most important, we have also more ...

Our coaches

Expat Club doesn’t operate its own coaches for obvious reasons. Just like airplanes need to fly, coaches need to be on the road as much as possible to justify their high purchase and maintenance costs. Did you know that a new bus costs anywhere between €250.000 and €500.000? Indeed, they cost as much as a nice apartment in Brussels. Such buses are real “workhorses”, travelling co...

Expat Club Christmas Trips

In 2016 we organises for the 4th year trips to some of the best Christmas markets that we can reach in a day. We started in 2013 with fantastic trips to Düsseldorf and Paris. In 2014 we added Cologne and Lille. Last year (2015) we skipped Lille, but added Monschau, Canterbury and Aachen. This we year are proud to present Lille again on our calendar and add four new destinations: Maastricht, Trier,...

8 tips to find a house in Brussels

Number one worry for most inbound expats, even before packing their suitcases, concerns finding a proper house or apartment in Brussels. Where to live? What are the rental prices and conditions? How does it work with utilities? And more basic, where should I start with my search for a new home? Everyone struggles with these and several other related questions, but luckily there are many resources ...

Cycling in Brussels: Great Routes

Discovering Brussels by bike can be done in several ways.  For those already commuting on two wheels, or using it regularly for getting around town, it may be a good idea to simply take a little D-tour and to drive 15-30 additional minutes on unknown roads.  Spice up your commute and padel a few additional streets! Of course you can also go to an unknown neighbourhood on a Saturday morning and dis...

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