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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.

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.

New Year's resolutions

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.

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.

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.

The Unexpected Traveller: Driving quirks in Belgium

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Driving in a foreign country is a tricky road to travel. Master the Belgian roads by learning to drive like a local with these five quirky tips for driving in Belgium.

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

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If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!

10 good reasons to be Belge

10 good reasons to be Belge

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Together Magazine offers a sideways glance on why it’s easy to love the flat lands of Belgium and its cultural quirks.

Learning languages

Itchy Feet: When you lose the fluency battle

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It's a hard climb to the top of mount fluency – especially when those linguistic nerves are determined to trip you along the way.

Addressing teachers

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

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Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

Funny Dutch translations

Bitterballenbruid: 20 amusing Dutch translations

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Giving someone 'lovable maggots’ (madeliefjes) is completely acceptable in the Netherlands – and demonstrates why Dutch shouldn't be translated into English.

Expat Christmas

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

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Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.

Christmas abroad

Expatica wishes you a merry multicultural holiday

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There's no better time to mix the best of our cultural traditions than at Christmas. The Expatica team shares personal favourite Christmas traditions, as we reflect on the best of Expatica 2015.



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