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Grid collage of portraits of women I think are hele grote madams.

Flenglish: To be a Large Woman

In Belgium there is a term for a "larger than life" woman. She does what she pleases, she's confident, and people respect her. She's a hele grote madam. I'm due for another Flenglish lesson, where I explain some cool things I've learned from the Flemish language and applied them to my english vocabulary. The first time I ...

Grote Markt, Leuven during Christmas

Urban Dictionary – Flemish Party Slang

Over Christmas, Billy and I went over to Belgium to spend the holidays with our family on the other side of the pond. During numerous nights out, I asked some of his friends what are some nightlife slang words in Flemish, or Vlaams. All of them were eager to share - it seems they are enthusiastic about my Vlaams studies. ...

Eat and Learn Flemish – Pannenkoeken

I'm studying Flemish again. I'll admit that I have struggled to stay focused on my goal to learn and speak Flemish over the past two years. I'm happy to report that today marks my fourth week of dedicating 90 minutes/week to my studies. Billy also suggested that on Mondays we will only speak Flemish in the house. So tonight ...

Cyclo-Cross: My New Sport Obsession

It's cold, wet, and muddy. I'm standing on the sidelines of a bike track with a beer and a cone of fries. Then suddenly a pack of racers, covered head to toe in mud whip by me, with muscles bulging out of their spandex suits and a fierce look in their eye. Within 10 minutes being a newbie cyclocross spectator I was ...

Wine: Your First Sip Towards Expert

[caption id="attachment_1507" align="aligncenter" width="660"] A glass of Rosé in France. Photo complements of JDR[/caption] You’ve just been handed a glass of wine at a fancy vineyard on your trip abroad. You can’t wait to wrap your lips around the glass and taste that liquid gold dance over your taste buds and tease ...

Smoutebollen Indulgence

Smoutebollen: A Dangerous Christmas Temptation

Christmastime in Belgium is filled with wildly delicious snacks and goodies. Belgians have a penchant for deep fryers and throw a wide variety of food into the heat such as fries, kabobs, and cervelas. The deep fryer’s kick into high gear during festive season to includes sweet treats. The result is a myriad of ...

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet

What is the deal with Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet?

Sinterklaas is a traditional winter holiday that is celebrated in the European low lands - Belgium and the Nederlands. One the eve of December 5th, excited children put out an empty shoe and leave little snacks for Sinterklaas; a hot drink, cookies, and maybe some veggies for the reindeer in exchange for some cadeautjes. Come ...