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April 23, 2004 6:39 AM   Subscribe

posted by hama7 (8 comments total)
posted by VulcanMike at 7:33 AM on April 23, 2004

Wow, that's, um, really related, there, VulcanMike...

Thanks, hama7, good stuff as always.
posted by armage at 7:54 AM on April 23, 2004

Great, thanks! I was just looking at the 'strange' category.
posted by carter at 8:08 AM on April 23, 2004

Danke, hama7. I want to live in some of those places now.
posted by sciurus at 8:13 AM on April 23, 2004

Me too too. I loved the time I got to spend in Belgium. Astoundingly nice people, with language skills that made me want to weep with inadequacy. The country is gorgeous...the train ride from the Netherlands to Belgium was jaw dropping.

Ye gods, I miss Europe.
posted by dejah420 at 9:37 AM on April 23, 2004

I found the street where I used to live.

And a favorite Moderne building- the 1933 Citro├źn showroom.
posted by Bromley at 11:18 AM on April 23, 2004

Gee great hama7, now all those damn tourists will flood this country.

I kid, of course. Nice find. Looks like I got some more destinations to hit.
posted by Dagobert at 12:58 AM on April 24, 2004

Ummm... I spend about a month a year living in a Dutch village five kilometers from the Belgian border near Turnhout. Both sides of the border are part of the Brabant region, and on the Dutch side people tend to be Catholic and speak Dutch with a Flemish accent, but then again, the differences are enormous. On the one hand, the food in Belgium is far better than what you get in Holland. We would hop across the border to buy bread, which is something the Dutch never quite got the hang of.

The Belgians, however, are ferociously monolingual outside of Brussels. The government is corrupt. As soon as the Dutch roads enter Belgium the bike paths dissappear and the potholes begin. You see piles of garbage on the street, and the ubiquitous missing children posters at bus stops everywhere. Flemish-Wallon tolerance is virtually zero.

Yes, it is pretty. And the bread is good. But Belgium is far from a paradise.
posted by zaelic at 1:08 AM on April 26, 2004

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