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How to be Belgian

35 things that change after 'going Belgian'

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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

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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

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

Belgian chocolate

Belgafiles: Facts and misconceptions about Belgian chocolate

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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

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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 only expats will understand

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

Zwarte Piet debate

Can I be a good mother and still accept Zwarte Piet?

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If children survived the loss of golliwog figures, how about Zwarte Piet? Expat Ellen Duckenfield discusses if she can still be a good mother and accept her child's love of Zwarte Piet.

Zwarte Piet racist

Africanah Girl: Is Sinterklaas and 'Zwarte Piet' racist or tradition?

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Much controversy has surrounded the blackface 'Zwarte Piet' helpers who arrive with Sinterklaas in Europe each year. Africanah Girl shares her side of the Zwarte Piet debate.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

The secret to perfect Belgian fries

The secret to perfect Belgian fries

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Kimberley Lovato interviews the self-proclaimed 'Missionary of the Belgian Fries' and uncovers the sacred rituals of Belgian frites.



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