Monday, June 29, 2009


My time in Antwerp's taken a few surprising turns, in the best way possible. Not too much can be said about it yet but I'll keep you posted when things start to become a little more official.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Morning after my trip to Bruges, I decided to bike out to the city of Oostende. The bike trail was an hour-long bliss of peace and quiet, aside from the crazed Belgian cyclists in spandex gear. But you know.

Oostende lies about 25 kilometres west of Bruges, a big-in-Belgian-standards-but-otherwise-small, but anyhow important port city, of about 70,000 people. Despite its size, it serves an important economic function, and it also serves as the summer home for the Belgian monarchs. Me though, I just went for James Ensor and the real beach. Little did I know that it'd be my last day with my iPod though.... I lost my little one on the way home. :'(


...alias Bruges, the famed city of the (amazing) movie In Bruges.

I'm not very fond of Bruges. It is a city suffering severely from its own vanity. They're so obsessed with their own reputation of being a beautiful medieval city that they destroy perfectly good roads just to put in cobblestones, and they remove what they deem as "disturbing" establishments out of the city centre just so that they can build new "old" buildings. I found it tedious, like every inch of the city is so perfect, it becomes boring after a while. Instead of homelessness there is a copious amount of horse poop, and instead of a local there is a tourist.

Anyway, here be some photos.

By the way, I had my first hostel experience in a very long time, there in Bruges. Those travellin' lads, they are so cute...

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Beautiful, beautiful place. It's the third biggest city in Belgium, after Brussels and Antwerpen. In it lives 50,000 students and a large Turkish community. The whole city is interlined with streams and medieval-gothic architecture. I really liked Gent because Gent is still very well-preserved and has retained a lot of the olden-days beauty, but still you can find modernity here. It was a good balance between Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb altarpiece and the Gravensteen castle, and total bargain one-Euro sandwiches and cute skinny jeanz boys on old bikes.

It has this surreal beauty... as seen in:

On a sidenote, if you're into modern arts, check out the Faux Jumeaux exhibit by the French artist Michel Francois.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I'm back from my little trip. It was a simple one.

First things first though: SHOW 2009.

It was the Royal Academy of Fine Arts fashion department's year-end show. Simply put, it was mind blowing. I haven't got much else to say about it. I had no idea what to expect, but it was brilliant. The integrity and the energy of these Antwerpan students are truly admirable. Anyway, I hope that I can translate this experience to something rewarding in the end.

For now, I'll leave you with a picture of Rijnkaai:

Sunday, June 14, 2009


No luck on finding a bike today at the secondhand market. I got so lost on the way there, walked around until my feet started to hurt. But I did score a pair of these two-bills Aigle riding-style boots for 5 Euros from a guy who was eager to erase all traces of his ex-girlfriend. Thank you, ugly breakup.

My home for the summer is located in the "ghetto" of Antwerpen, if you will, but it's only dangerous if you make it be. I can't lie, I'd rather live near Nationalestraat but it's still pretty awesome.

Mr. Bear on his new couch

Mr. Bear playing with the drums

Mr. Bear peeking at the fruit bowl

And finally, Mr. Bear on his new bed.

Tomorrow I'm embarking on a cross-Vlaanders journey, first stop Gent. Then who knows. Updates will be rare. Hope you guys are all having a lovely summer.

See you soon.


I've been here now for 12 days. I think it's rained for about 9 of those days. Today is no exception. It's rather disheartening really, things are so much harder when you don't have a dry pair of shoes. I wanted to write up a somewhat eloquent observation on Belgian weather yesterday, but my brain was so fucked up from partying until 7 AM with cross-dressers and fashion students that I could not handle the Blogger formatting. It was the unofficial afterparty for the Royal Academy's SHOW 2009 -- Incredible show. More about that later. For now, I've been taking my compensation in the spectacular skyscapes...

And now I must brave this rain, in search of a secondhand bike. Will report on my findings later.

Ta for now.