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The beginning of a beautiful friendship

Saturday was a chilly, but sunny day.  Armed with two shopping bags full of fresh veggies and fruits from the Flagey market, I head over to Café Belga.  My little girl and I decide to drink a cup of hot chocolate. I’m a bit disappointed that some lady just snatched the last croque monsieur.  Still, it’s always nice to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of Brussels most successful bar. This place is always full. From early morning to early morning, with just a few hours in between.  There you can find regulars who, like me, have been coming there for the past decade. Also, like me, this spot has become almost a second living room. I inevitably always meet people there. It can be friends of mine or from my wife. And of course, I also meet with many of the thousand expats I have had t...

Four essential expat tips for a better life in Belgium

When I first arrived in Belgium over 15 years ago, I found myself in a fascinating country. I knew little about Belgium beforehand, and I was amazed by many things. Then it all came crashing down. That culture shock curve is a real thing. You’re riding on a high of new discoveries. Then it hits you: You’re in a foreign country where many things are different from whatever you called home before. First, you love everything, then you hate everything. And finally, the dust settles.  For some of you, it’s off to a new adventure elsewhere. For many of us, this crazy little country becomes home.  There are lots of valuable insights about life as an expat in Belgium that will make your experience in this country a better one. These are the ones we think will have the most signif...

Time is of the essence, so read this post

Have you ever boarded a flight on time and then had to wait passed the planned departure time due to unforeseen circumstances? Sometimes the flight needs to wait in the queue of takeoffs. Other times is a technical issue, which is probably the most nervewracking of them all! And then, there’s the missing passenger situation.  I’ve been on flights where you can almost feel the tension when a missing passenger finally makes it onto the plane. Shooting daggers is one way to describe the look of fellow passengers waiting onboard.  These late passengers can even have a justifiable reason beyond their control like their previous flight had a delay. And still, this can be and most of the times really is frustrating for those already waiting onboard. When you organize trips for large g...