Spring is here – Festival of the Iris in Brussels

Two days of free concerts, activities, clowns, magicians, costumed performers, and buzz in Brussels center is happening this weekend. The Festival of the Iris/Iris Day (Fête de l’Iris) is a celebration of the symbol of Brussels. On January 12, 1989 a new law created the Brussels Capital Region on the territory of 19 municipalities and the Brussels Region then started its own legislative and executive institutions. The Iris was chosen as the…

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European Cafe vs. Canadian Coffee

I am no expert on coffee, although I love it and drink quite a lot of it. Coming from Canada to Belgium, I knew that the coffee would be stronger, but I didn’t know just how much stronger. My intention of the following “analysis” is based on personal experience. I do not mean to offend anyone or generalize, but just to point out something I’ve noticed and found interesting while living as…

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European desire for closeness – Living in Brussels

Living as a Canadian expat in Brussels, there are a lot of cultural and social rules that one needs to learn and adjust too. One social quirk that I just cannot get accustomed to is the Europeans’ desire to be close to other people. In Canada, or at least in the Western part where I’m from, there are very clear social boundaries that one does not cross. One of these…

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‘A Summer in Europe’ Adventure: Brussels, Belgium

It is an honor to welcome Marilyn Brant, award-winning women’s fiction author of “According to Jane” (2009) and “Friday Mornings at Nine” (2010) here to talk about her newest release: “A Summer in Europe” (2011) and her experiences traveling in Brussels, Belgium.  Many thanks to Nicole for inviting me to visit today—it’s wonderful to be here! For the past six weeks, I’ve been celebrating the release of my third women’s fiction…

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Special Guest Announcement and Call for Guest Posts #row80

Big News for Uni-Verse-City!!! I am almost jumping up and down in anticipation to host Marilyn Brant, award-winning women’s fiction author of “According to Jane” (2009), “Friday Mornings at Nine” (2010) and her newest release: “A Summer in Europe” (2011) here at Uni-Verse-City on 9 January 2012. She will be talking about her new book and her experiences in Brussels, Belgium as part of her blog tour for the book.…

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