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Corona measures

We always inform trip participants beforehand about the updated agenda and other things that make the day more enjoyable for everyone. Needless to say that due to the current corona situation we also inform everyone about the measures we put in place together with our travel partners and welcoming destinations.   We travel only if allowed A total no-brainer, but the most important rule is of course that we only travel if allowed by the Belgian and foreign governments. So if we go to France, we adhere to the national and local rules there. If we go to Holland, we follow the Dutch national and local governments. We don’t travel to red zones.   We never travel to red zones As you may know, countries are either green, orange or red. The red destinations are out of the question,...

Trip review: Stargazing

On Saturday evening 15 August a group of expats gathered hundreds of free wishes during our annual stargazing trip to the dark Ardennes. Every year we visit the Brussels Planetarium, followed by a visit to the observatory in Grimbergen. That local event is great to learn about the stars and still be able to see some deep celestial objects. However, Brussels is not the most optimal places for some serious stargazing, certainly not when Earth is moving through a particular field that causes the most famous meteor shower of the year: the Perseids. Our stargazing trip was the first trip since we learned more about Vincent Van Gogh in January on a lovely trip to Holland. That’s seven months later… :-(.  Anyway, there we were again, gathering around 17h00 at Place Schuman on Saturday...

While in Brussels

So now and then I am hired to meet with a high-level incoming expat manager to talk about “daily expat life in Brussels”. This service comes as part of their transition package organised by their company or organisation, which also involves some intercultural training and relocation services (offered by specialists). Literally the first thing I always say during those meeting is to go out there and explore their new city of residence. Brussels is not like Paris, Amsterdam or London, it’s less lively, less homogeneous, and it’s sometimes a bit hard to know where to go to. But at the same time, I make the promise there are many hidden and not-so-hidden corners, bursting with live or beauty, just waiting to be discovered. If you don’t follow my simple advice, you...

Must-see destinations in Belgium

Brussels is a great city with lots of things to do. We’ve written several blogs about this, like this one with a few great ideas to (re-)discover the city. We always recommend newcomers to go out there and explore as much as possible. Not everything at once, but to take some time every weekend to visit yet another part of town. It’s hard to imagine, but once you have had enough of Brussels, there is an entire country out there to discover too! At Expat Club we are experts in discovering new things. By far most of our trips go out of Belgium, and for daytrips especially the surrounding countries. We do have a few trips in Belgium, such as our kayaking trips and the war trips to Bastogne and Ypres. For the latter ones, we feel it is essential to join our group, simply because we ...

Expat Club & UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Since the foundation in 2013, Expat Club visited countless destinations in Brussels, Belgium and other (surrounding) countries, either by bus, train, flight or (overnight) ferry. In fact, the flags on our destinations map keep keeps on increasing month after month, including farther places. Whether near or far, we think that all the places we visit are totally worth it. Some destinations, however, are extra special because they have been named an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have written an extensive blog about that that we continuously update whenever we visit a new UNESCO site. But there is more than just monuments and physical places. Expat Club travels to a wide variety of places in Belgium, surrounding countries and other places around Europe and the world. We have already ...

Tips for expats in Brussels

One of the main guiding principles for Expat Club is to bring people together. Our diverse and open-minded community guarantees a relaxed and safe atmosphere in which you can share beautiful moments together. Another great aspect is that you can endlessly learn from other expats. Questions I hear all the time are: “Where should I find a house?”, “How does it work with social security?”, “What are the best hospitals, internet connections, mobile phone operators, etc?”. The suggestions for the nicest coffee bars and restaurants are shared royally during our get-together. And so it should be! Sharing is caring, as the saying goes! This made us realise how much knowledge about Brussels expat life actually exists in our community. So we put our heads together...

Expat Club & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Since the foundation in 2013, Expat Club visited countless destinations in Brussels, Belgium and other (surrounding) countries, either by bus, train, flight or (overnight) ferry. In fact, the flags on our destinations map keep keeps on increasing month after month, including farther places. Whether near or far, we think that all the places we visit are totally worth it. Some destinations, however, are extra special because they have been named an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. And the best thing is that a few of them are literally just a few minutes walking from our office at Avenue Louise! UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s pro...

Top 15 must-see Expat Club destinations

After six years of organising Expat Club trips, I am quite happy when I look at our destinations map. We’ve been to well over 100 destinations, including cities, museums, regions, mountain tops, beaches, Christmas markets, waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, castles and many more famous and less-known landmarks. I believe all places we visit are worth seeing, but now I put my brains at work to really think about what are the absolute must-see destinations we have been already and will definitely return to.  While compiling this list, I must admit that I feel doing injustice to many wonderful places we visited before but that didn’t make it to their list. In fact, all places we’ve been before deserve to be visited. There is a history to each and every one of them. There are storie...

The Cathedrals of Europe

Yesterday’s fire at the Notre Dame in Paris was not only a shock to the Parisians and French people, but also to the rest of the world. Cathedrals, unlike any other building except for castles, have stood the test of time. But where castles have remained closed but for the happy few, at least until recently, Cathedrals have welcomed billions of visitors over many centuries, including countless tourists (13 million per year for this church alone). The destruction of a great part of this Paris landmark saddens us all. Most of the people in the Expat Club community have visited this incredible structure, possibly even multiple times. During the many Expat Club trips to Paris, our groups always stopped at the Eastern end of the Île de la Cité. Just to look and be amazed by the iconic towers an...

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 means the chances for a ski trip from Friday evening (17h30 departure) to Sunday evening are going up dramatically! PRE-REGISTER NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN, ALSO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE WEEK AFTER (19-21 JANUARY). This is for free, and without obligations, but we’ll inform you the first (it will fill up quickly). Nice ski area with 40+ km of blue, red and black slopes Modern ski lifts ...

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 Northern California. Expat Club had the pleasure to join this great event with a full first balcony row.   A sold out Flagey Studio 4 Theater with 800 people welcomed the world-famous artist with a huge applause on Monday 23 October at about 19h20. Sponsored by ING Belgium, he started going over his carreer that spans half a century. My initial idea was that his earlier works could have been his later w...

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 looking for committed people that would like to host: a) regular coffee meetups on Saturday morning and Monday or Wednesday morning (many members don’t have work commitments) b) socialising events on weekday evenings (bars / pubs) c) movie nights on Sunday evening, or eventually Wednesday evenings for new blockbusters d) weekend morning walks or longer hikes in Brussels or Belgium e) day trips to ...

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