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How to be Belgian

35 things that change after 'going Belgian'


How Belgian are you? If you've mastered the 'bof' sound and built up your Belgian beer glass collection, you're on your way to calling yourself a Belgian local.

Top scams Brussels

Safety Scouts Advice: Top 5 travel scams in Brussels


Don't let a scam ruin your time in Belgium; let security experts guide you on how to avoid the classic scams designed to part you from your valuables.

Facts Belgium

10 things to learn about Belgium


Belgium is more than EU institutions and Manneken Pis. Sandy from 'S Marks The Spots' lists 10 things about Belgium to test your knowledge.

Paris Brussels

Paris vs. Brussels: a knockout?


City of Lights or chocolate? A Parisian trip gets Emily Miller thinking about its ties to, and fundamental differences from, her first European love of Brussels – but does Paris even compare?

Belgium dating

A guide to dating Belgian women and Belgian men


Before you jump into the Belgian dating game, understanding Belgian women and Belgian men can do wonders for your love life. Here are some tips to dating in Belgium.

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

Cool French words and Dutch words we need in English


There are some emotions that only these cool French words or Dutch words can adequately describe.

Belgian chocolate

Belgafiles: Facts and misconceptions about Belgian chocolate


Belgian chocolate lovers rejoice – it's all good news. Paul Morris discovers and debunks myths about chocolate in Belgium.

Belgian chocolate brands

Not just any old Belgian chocolate brands


Is Belgian chocolate really better? As a chocolate aficionado, an expat blogger admits her taste buds have become more refined since being exposed to the best Belgian chocolate.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.


Who's that with Santa? An introduction to Black Peter


St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and his helper Black Peter (Zwarte Piet or Père Fouettard) are the source of some controversy – who's that Black Piet giving out the gifts at Christmas time?

Belgian Christmas

Curious Meredith: Preparing a Belgian Christmas feast


Explore some of the tastiest traditional Belgian foods and ingredients and learn how to prepare a Christmas full of Belgian cheer.

Belgian Christmas

How Belgians celebrate the holidays


Like the three official languages in Belgium, holiday traditions vary by region. Here is our overview of the festive season – Belgian style.

Cosy restaurants in Brussels

Bubble and Chic: Cosy restaurants in Brussels


As relaxing as cosy nights at home can be, it's even better when someone else cooks. Faye Cardwell picks her favourite restaurants in Brussels for a cosy or romantic night out.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?


Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

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