Zoom. I spun around, probably quite theatrically. Zoom. I stepped to the side, trying desperately to avoid the kamikaze forces engulfing me. Zoom. Little by little, I Frogger-hopped my way across Mechelen’s Grote Markt, mentally chiding myself for making such an amateur mistake as attempting to walk across the city’s main square. I was bike-less, […]
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I’ve finally done it. I’ve bought myself a proper winter coat. It’s dark navy and woolen, with a hood, brown inside quilting and Paddington Bear-esque wooden toggles. It goes all the way down to my knees and, when paired with my brown knee-high boots, I am actually both warm and relatively fashionable, and it’s a […]
Just like we weren’t planning on visiting Luxembourg, we weren’t counting on going to Brussels, either. But as we were doing one of those go-with-the-flow, ‘let’s just turn off anywhere that looks interesting’ weekend trips, Paul thought I might like to see the Atomium. If you’ve met Paul before, you might be surprised that he’d […]
As I’m about halfway through telling you all about my Asian adventures, I thought I may as well break it up a bit. With a bit of my old favourite, Belgium. I was mucking around on StumbleUpon late last year, when I came across an article on the prettiest small towns and cities in Europe. I’d […]
I didn’t drink beer until my first week at university. I was one of those dreaded lolly-drink girls, who then graduated to gin and tonics and cocktails. Beer just wasn’t my style, I had decided early. However, it is mighty hard to go to university and not drink beer. On a pub crawl during O-Week, […]
I was convinced something was going to go wrong yesterday afternoon in Antwerp. Yes, I went to Belgium. Yet I went there willingly. And, with Yahoo Weather promising temperatures of around twenty degrees, I was even a bit excited. Still, I was nervous. Bad things tend to happen to me in Belgium, time and time […]
I love travelling curiosities. And, to quote Alice in Wonderland, they don’t come much more curiouser and curiouser than the ‘siamese-twin town’ of Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau. I first heard about the Baarles from Paul when we visited Drielandenpunt last year, the point at which the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet in the one spot. I […]
I’ve tried many times to articulate why exactly I hate Belgium. I’ve mentioned split trains, the elderly who give you bruises, and the fact that it isn’t really a country at all. Anyway, this little pearler was brought to my attention by Joel Marlan-Tribe. I wish I’d come up with it myself.
Studying medieval history? Seen the movie ‘In Bruges’? Or just want to eat lots of chocolate and drink lots of beer? Then look no further than Bruges, tucked away in… well, unfortunately it is in Belgium. Here’s how you can spend a weekend in Bruges. So, what’s the deal? Thankfully, I’ve been able to put […]
Belgium is known for a lot of things. A diverse lot of things, you might say. It’s known for its chocolate, beers, waffles, lace, and to some, like me, dodgy trains. It’s also known for another important thing. When Europeans decide to have a good old war, they tend to choose to do it in […]
I'm Caitlyn, a twenty-something Australian living in the Netherlands. Seven years ago I crammed my life into a backpack affectionately called 'the Beast' and hit the road, anxious to see all the world's Olympic sites. Needless to say, I got a bit distracted along the way. Today I'm a tour guide in Europe, and blog about what I love; travel, sport and food.
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