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Edgar Hütte, 23 October 2017
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 17 October 2017
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 21 September 2017
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 13 July 2017
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 5 May 2017
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 8 January 2017
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 28 December 2016
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. ...
Edgar Hütte, 13 November 2016
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 4 November 2016
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 ...
Edgar Hütte, 28 October 2016
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 peddle a few additional streets! Of course you can ...
Edgar Hütte, 24 October 2016
Brussels has a new shopping center! The name of this brand-new complex is Docks Bruxsel. It's located right on the canal in the North of the city and it boasts 110 stores that "promise a truly original urban experience combining leisure activities with shops, food, culture and entertainment." It also has ads 8 cinema screens to our ...
Edgar Hütte, 21 October 2016
The opinions about the Brussels’ level of bicycle-friendliness vary a lot.  Despite many recent improvements, such as designated bicycle lanes and the introduction of the Villo network in 2009, the city is not very bicycle friendly compared to other European cities.  In a classic short video that went viral in Brussels it is visually ...
Edgar Hütte, 18 October 2016
To answer a question with another question, isn't this article's topic just an absurd question? From a certain perspective it is, because there is obviously nothing we can do about the rain. We can just deal with it and make the best of our day. In fact, whenever I speak to newly arrived expats I always say it is important to have the ...
Edgar Hütte, 17 October 2016
Brussels may not be the largest European capital, but culturally it has relatively a lot to offer. The Wikipedia list of museums in our town shows no less than 83 of them! How many have you been to yet? I personally still have some “been there, done that” to do, although I know that visiting museums is more than crossing them of your ...
Edgar Hütte, 16 October 2016
When I first arrived in Brussels in March 2010 to look for a house for me and my wife I explored the city like a first-time tourist in Paris. I must have walked a thousand miles and seen almost everything. I wanted to live close to Place Châtelain. Several friends told me that was a nice place and I had actually been there once before ...
Edgar Hütte, 12 October 2016
Brussels is not exactly a calm city when it comes to noise made by the sirens of emergency services (policy, ambulance, fire department and energy companies). The collective "Stop Sirens" believes they are too often used unnecessarily (links to Dutch article on Bruzz.be). The Brussels government will study this problem and reports on it ...
Edgar Hütte, 11 October 2016
Join the Ex-Pat Buzz! Expat Club events are frequented by many different people. Some of them have great talents, such as our long-time supporter Sarah Strange who is an official tour guide for the City of Brussels. In her free time she loves to write poems, and how honoured we are that her latest one is about an Expat Club event... ...
Edgar Hütte, 11 October 2016
Within half a year after the 22 March attacks Brussels airport has lost over 10% of its passengers compared to last year. As a result it has dropped out of the list of 20th busiest European airports. Read The Bulletin article here. Have you visited the airport since? What are your experiences? Do you opt for alternative airports? Or do ...
Edgar Hütte, 11 October 2016
Expat Club is happy to welcome Antoine Demaria as our new intern. Coming from Paris, the 21-year old third year student of the European Business School (EBS) will work on digital marketing and social media. He started his internship on Monday 10 October and will stay here until end of February. After that he will move to Argentina for ...
Edgar Hütte, 22 June 2016
Can I be honest with you? I'm totally fed up with the weather forecasts. Belgian weather does justify the question what we have done to deserve this? It's too often grey and rain seems to fall continuously from the sky. As a professional event organiser you can imagine my top google searches includes the forecast for the next trip ...
Edgar Hütte, 19 April 2016
As of this week it will be possible to also pay with Mr Cash / Bancontact. Belgium's leading online payment system was already available on 80% of the Belgian webshops and now you can also use it through the Expat Club website. Our website currently offers 4 different ways of payments: Sofort Banking, Bancontact, Credit Card and PayPal. ...
Edgar Hütte, 28 March 2016
On Easter Sunday our Meetup.com group reached a whopping 5000 members. Expat Club started as Expat Club Brussels on 31 March 2013. It quickly became Brussels largest and most active group with a wide variety of activities. After about one year the name changed to simply Expat Club, with the accompanying URL www.expatclub.org, due to the ...
Edgar Hütte, 24 March 2016
Where were you during the terrorist attacks on Tuesday 22 March, and what did you do immediately afterwards? Members are invited to first login, but anyone else is welcome to respond.
Edgar Hütte, 29 February 2016
Becoming a member of Expat Club has many advantages. You will become part of an exclusive local network of international minds and can connect with other members, both online and offline. We welcome people from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds and surely you will fit right in. Besides you will get some special perks, such ...
Edgar Hütte, 15 February 2016
There are four questions people often ask me during the events and trips. When did you start Expat Club? Why did you start Expat Club? How do you come up with all ideas and destinations? And, you are organising so much, are you doing this on a full time basis? Let me answer these questions for you. When did you start Expat Club? I ...
Edgar Hütte, 15 February 2016
As of Friday 12 February Expat Club has moved into a new office in the Louise Centre at Avenue Louise 279, at the intersection with Chaussée de Vleurgat. The building was under reconstruction for a long time, but is now fully finished with the opening of the Tribes office center on the ground and third floors. "Tribes provides ...
Edgar Hütte, 28 January 2016
Expat Club delivers great value for money for its events in Brussels and its daytrips to every corner of Belgium and many destinations in surrounding countries. We travel with luxury coaches with extra leg space, you'll be served some drinks and snacks, we arrange professionally guided tours, reserve lunches and diners, and ...
Edgar Hütte, 26 January 2016
Expat Club members and Expat Club have donated €83,13 to Samu Social Bruxelles. During our Christmas trip to Monschau on 29 November 2015 we visited the Monschauer Glasshütte for a magnificent glassblowing demonstration. Although the first group could witness how a several magnificent glass sculptures were created, the second batch ...
Edgar Hütte, 26 January 2016
Expats moving to Belgium have a lot to look forward to, but settling in after a recent move can be challenging. In addition to cultural differences, you may face visa issues, experience language barriers, or having difficulty making new friends and connections at first. Thankfully, these five tidbits about living as an expat in Belgium ...
Edgar Hütte, 22 January 2016
Good times happen over coffee! It's a funny picture that we use for our coffee mornings on Monday at JAT' Café. On a weekly basis we welcome between 10 and 25 people for some informal conversations and to start off the week in a positive way. Where else in Brussels can you find such a diverse mix of people from all over the world? We ...
Edgar Hütte, 8 October 2015
Thank you to 5000 people who liked our Fanpage on Facebook. We grew from less than 1000 in October 2014 to well over 5000 fans now. After our website is fully operational you will see much more interesting content on our Facebook page and other social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Did you already like our ...
Edgar Hütte, 18 September 2015
Expat Club will again visit several wonderful places to celebrate the Christmas season. Our Christmas Markets trips are for everyone, from young to old. On our previous trips we welcomed single expats, couples, families and groups, in all age categories, from all walks of life and from all nationalities. This is what makes these days ...
Edgar Hütte, 1 September 2015
Expat Club delivers great value for its trips and events we organise. And to give you the best value for money we encourage you to book early. For virtually all our (paid) events we have an early-bird offer available. For the trips you can get an attractive discount of €10 to € 30 if you book up to 10 days in advance. That's easy ...
Edgar Hütte, 17 August 2015
Expat Club started on Meetup.com and quickly grew to the largest and most active group in Belgium. On Sunday 16 August we welcomed our 4.000th member. A big milestone that we're very proud of. With the opening of our own members community we hope to soon reach an equal number on this website. Meetup members are automatically invited, ...
Edgar Hütte, 23 June 2015
Expats in Brussels is a great reference guide for all expats in Brussels. This handy 300+ page booklet is chock-full of information that can help you settle down in Brussels and find your way around. It contains 12 chapters that inform you about nearly any subject that you may have questions about while you call this your home town. ...
Edgar Hütte, 15 June 2015
Since fall 2014 we have been organising regular coffee mornings in JAT' Café on Rue de Namur, close to Place Royale. As our group is continuously growing and many regulars were asking to organise even more coffee meetings, we are very pleased to announce a longer-term partnership with the JAT' Café.  From now on you are welcome to ...
Edgar Hütte, 15 June 2015
Sarah Strange is an official Brussels tour guide, and Expat Club regular and a published poet, the Poet in the Woods. Recently she visited our weekly Café Lunci coffee meeting and was inspired by the casual and friendly atmosphere. The result is a great poem that captures the essence of these meetups. Come on over one of these weeks ...
Edgar Hütte, 10 June 2015
Expats living in Brussels may have difficulty settling in, feeling at home, and meeting new friends. Expat Club aims to ease that transition while enhancing everyday life with informal events, trips, and other opportunities. Our members are international and open-minded, and our events range from casual get-togethers and post-gallery ...
Edgar Hütte, 20 May 2015
Travelling by bus is comfortable and safe, but there are many rules a bus company has to adhere to. We sometimes explain this during trips so you understand why we depart at certain times or stop at specific points and intervals. Here are some key rules: A driver may drive 9 hours per day and once per week 10 hours. A driver may ...
Edgar Hütte, 4 April 2015
Expat Club is Brussels' premier international community because we care about the quality of our events. For almost all museum or company visits and daytrips we hire professional and official tour guides. Our members have said time and time again that they appreciate learning more about the places we visit, instead of just walking ...
Edgar Hütte, 19 November 2014
At the end of April this year Expat Club traveled to Northern France to visit the region of Verdun, a 2000 year old city that is often called the Capital of the First World War because of the heavy fighting that went on 100 years ago in this region. Two of our participants were Alison and Andrew of Cheeseweb, Belgium's favorite expat ...
Edgar Hütte, 9 July 2014
In May and June, Expat Club members have raised €88,57 for Hôpiclown. This nonprofit organisation's aims "to make sick children in hospitals laugh. The voluntary workers never know what the sick children suffer from or how they are treated. The voluntary clowns work in 26 pediatric services in 4 provinces: Hainaut, Naumur, Walloon ...
Edgar Hütte, 24 June 2014
Money. Don’t you wish it would just grow on a tree? Preferably one in your own backyard of course. Keep on wishing… it won’t happen unfortunately. However, in our perennial search to balance our monthly budgets, there are certainly a few things we can do on the debit side. In other words, how can you lower your expenses without ...
Edgar Hütte, 5 June 2014
Belgium is known for its mouthwatering chocolate. While many other countries are proud of their chocolate industry, such as Switzerland, I cannot draw any other conclusion that Belgian chocolate is the best. With so much temptation around, I have to admit that my chocolate consumption has at least quadrupled since I came to Brussels in ...
Edgar Hütte, 5 May 2014
The first 4 editions of our Charity Rambles on Sunday morning raised €154,20 for the Flemish Parkinson Liga. Thank you to everyone who joined Expat Club during our 4 pleasant walks that took us literally to four opposite corners of Brussels: The Northwest "Atomium" edition The Southeast "Cloître Rouge" edition The Southwest ...
Edgar Hütte, 23 April 2014
Within one year Expat Club gathered many positive reviews. Our Meetup page shows nearly 100 group reviews and countless event reviews. Additionally after almost every event I receive several “thank you” emails. This encourages me to continue organizing more interesting and special events and trips. On Friday 28 March ...
Edgar Hütte, 4 April 2014
In July last year Expat Club visited the magnificent Bouillon castle, where history goes back over 1.000 years. Also in 2014 we will go to this beautiful part of the country. Not only will we visit the castle and the town of Bouillon, often called the pearl of the Semois valley, but we are also going to have a relaxing kayaking trip on ...
Edgar Hütte, 12 March 2014
It is really unfortunate the Paris Air Show only takes place once every two years, because this is definitely one of the most impressive events on the continent. Thousands of exhibitors, over 150 special aircraft on display and an a-ma-zing air show. Expat Club managed to choose the most horrible day of the year in terms of weather, but ...

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