Belgium’s Comic strip culture

When someone says they have been to Belgium, the first thing people ask is ‘Where are the chocolates?’ Or ‘So, did you try Belgian beer?’ More often than not a culture that lends unique flavour to the country is forgotten. It is the comics strip culture. Advertisements

Playing samba in Ghent on Solstice

What sets apart a lesbian music group from other women-only bands that crop up in the city? Nothing. At least on the surface. The bands have only women, they hang out after practice and they may even mingle in the same social circle. They may stand for the same cause, hanker for acceptance and love…

The legal walls of Belgium

Think Europe, and you think of neat buildings and clean roads, where everything works in an orderly fashion. And you would be right, mostly. But when I landed in Brussels on a rainy Saturday afternoon, it did not take me long to see colourful images and unfamiliar words splashed on buildings as my local train…

A boat guide for rescue in Ghent riverside

I used to romanticise the notion of travelling solo – a fairly young woman in the brand new place alone and all that. There are plenty of possibilities like having a whirlwind romance with a handsome foreigner, winning a lottery or have an adventure of sorts like the ones you read in books. It is…

Cycling through Belgian streets

When I saw people riding cycle in Ghent, Belgium, I thought it should be pretty convenient. Unlike India, there are no auto-rickshaws at your beck and call. You need to time your travel right from the moment you start home to catch a bus or tram to the nearest railway station or metro. If not…