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The Curious Case of Ham-Dressed University Pillars

Jan Fabre Gent, Copyright: UGent

An animated discussion on the appeal of the Broche pillar on Korenmarkt or the love-hate relationship of Gentenaars with the Schapenstal (sheep barn, a pet name for the Stadshal on the Emile Braunplein) - these are just the two latest examples of how engaged the city dwellers are when it

Sky Over Ghent

Have you ever wished you could climb up one of the towers of Ghent at night and get closer to the starry skies? It turns out, you can. On top of the Blandijnberg, in the Plateau-building of the University of Ghent, lies a hidden treasure: a fully-equipped 19th century observatory and

New Year traditions and events in Gent

Fireworks, Stad Gent

The holiday season can be tricky for expats: this season is filled with traditions and as everyone is eager to relive their happy childhood moments, there is even more scope for misunderstanding than usual. After our introduction to Christmas traditions in Flanders, here is our handy guide to what you

Cosplay and FACTS – a great way to make friends

Cosplayer Violet Gray

This weekend you might bump into Hogwarts students, Dr Who companions and anime characters trekking from Gent-Sint-Pieters towards the Flanders Expo. If you are wondering where they are going and what they are doing, read on. FACTS, the largest Belgian comic con, happens twice a year, in October and April

Westvleteren – Tasting the Best Beer in the World

Westvleteren beers

Anyone living in Belgium is either a beer lover themselves (or become one rapidly, I mean, how can you not find a beer you like in this country?), or has friends who come over regularly, ostensibly to visit you, but in fact just to put some more notches on their

Horseback shrimp fishing at Koksijde

horseback shrimp fishing oostduinkerke

If you are familiar with the Lithuanian expression 'as calm as a Belgian' and have ever wondered how that would look like, you can see it live at an unusual coastal heritage event - shrimp fishing from a horseback. This traditional type of coastal fishing is said to be the


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