As of Monday 22 January 2018 you can take a free email course at the Belgian Academy of Culture and History, titled “7 Unexpected Reasons Why Expatriates Don’t Understand Belgium”. This…
In the coming weeks, you will notice a new feature on our website: a webpage with the name ‘Resources’. What can you expect from that new feature? I’ve noticed that…
The article A few months ago I was contacted by the editor of The Bulletin, to see if I wanted to write a piece on Belgian politics. This is a…
The Belgian coast
The Belgian coast does not seem to ‘inspire’ a lot of people. I often hear comments about how ‘ugly’ the Belgian coast is, about the concrete buildings (we often use the description ‘the concrete coast’) etc etc
With those remarks often comes a comparison with the French ‘Opal coast’ or with the seemingly untouched dunes at the Dutch resort of Cadzand. Both the French and Dutch North Sea resorts seem to be a better alternative to that unattractive Belgian coast. (more…)
Finally, our third new program: the History of Belgium Integration course.
“It was so tempting to limit my connections to the other expats already there… it’s a welcoming community. But after a while, it feels strange: as if I lived in a parallel world from my neighbours.”
Sara Reyniers, Freelance Translator, Language Specialist and Journalist specialized in EU policy, about her own expat experience(s)
If you are an expat in Belgium, you might feel the same way. Maybe you never expected Belgium to be as complicated as it is. You feel puzzled by the country, your Belgian colleagues and friends, and you don’t really understand what all these problems about languages are about. (more…)
The next completely new program, starting Autumn 2017 is:
Following the succes of the masterclass about Congo Freestate which Bastiaan De Roo gave a few weeks ago, and because of the many e-mails and requests I received for a follow-up, I have decided to offer a unique new course. (more…)
Feeling a bit hot? Then read on for an unusual tip on where you can go!
When it’s this hot outside (while I’m writing this, it’s 35°C…), people understandably flock to the Belgian coast or to the nearest swimming pool.
Bruzz recently listed the nearest outdoor swimming pools for those of you dying to flee the city heat.
But if you can’t stand the bustle of crowds of people trying to get a bit of refreshment in or near the water, than it might be a good idea to do the exact opposite. (more…)