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13 Coffee Stops: Ghent’s Specialty Coffee Scene

Coffee competition has been brewing in Ghent over the last decade. Specialty coffee shops have been popping up in cities across Belgium like Antwerp, Brussels, and most interestingly, Ghent. In this small, progressive and charming Flemish city, a varied coffee culture all its own has sprouted up to the delight of casual caffeine lovers and…

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The Algarve, Portugal

  Standing on the cliffs of Sagres was a breathtaking feeling. Watching the massive waves meet the coast, it was easy to see how people though this was the end of the world. The most westerly tip of continental Europe is a staggering and rugged display of beauty, jutting out into the Atlantic as a…

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European Road Trip: Two Weeks in Croatia

  One thing I love about living in Europe is that people savor their holidays. It’s an important part of life here and there’s no replacement for a good getaway. This year, after months of grey skies and cold weather in Belgium, the promise of sunbathing and exploring another country pulled me through my pre-summer funk.…

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Man and Wife in Mexican Paraíso

After the amazing festivities and the joining of our families and friends was over, I was riding on a post-wedding high of overwhelming love and joy. Laurens and I were surrounded by friends and family from all over the world and we definitely felt the love in spades that week. It was such a momentous relief…

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The Best Specialty Coffee in Brussels

(A version of this article was recently featured in The Bulletin.) Considering waffles and chocolate are Belgian national snacks, it was no surprise to hear that people here in Brussels drink a considerable amount of coffee and that they appreciate it, too. Since I’ve always had a curiosity about the cities I live in, I used my time…

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Au revoir, Bruxelles Ma Belle

3 months came and flew by in the Belgian capital. Call it a mini staycation for my husband who’s originally from Antwerp, or an assimilation assignment for me―Brussels was our home base for three months while we switched gears to Belgian life. It was the backdrop to an exciting, transitional period of our newlywed lives, and I really…

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