Archive for September, 2007

Mabruuk Nadr and Georgette!

We almost blew it, but we were invited to a wedding. One of the bartenders, Nadr, at a club (The British Community Association) we frequent spoke to me last week. He said that he was getting married this Thursday and he would like to invite us. I was very happy for him and congratulated him. [...]

It takes a village, a taxi driver and somebody’s mom

It is Ramadan. I only mention this because it means that traffic is much worse than normal during certain times of the day. During one such busy time I was sitting in a taxi on a side street. We sat there for some time. While sitting there, I saw a scene that reminded me of [...]

Brussels one more time

( Travel andbeer )

[Edit: I forgot to link to some photos.] So we trained down from Mechelen to Brussels for one more night. We picked up our luggage that we had left at the Marriott when we swung through Brussels at the start of our trip. We began our last day of beer tourism trying to get to [...]

Making friends everywhere I go [The director's cut]

[I originally pulled this post because I broke my cardinal rule: No posting under the influence. I got up the next morning and pulled it immediately. After reading I decided to let it stand as is. But, I have to admit, certain liberties with the facts were taken. Some people mentioned are composites, and some [...]

Mechelen and Hotel Carolus

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[Edit: A couple of crappy photos here] We spent 3 nights in Mechelen at the Hotel Carolus. It is attached to and part of Het Anker brewery. Our hotel room looked right out over the brewery yard. There is a lovely pub and restaurant attached to the brewery. We drank a few pints of what [...]

Antwerp and Westmalle

We needed to kill a night before heading to Mechelen. So we spent one night in Antwerp. Mainly to head to Wesmalle. So arrived at Antwerp, put our luggage in a locker and headed for the bus station outside. It is about an hour long bus ride from Antwerp central. So, we hopped the bus [...]

Speaking of photography

We attended a photo exhibition put on by the Cairo Image Collective. The exhibit was the “World Press Photo 2007″ Awards. The photos were submitted by professional photo journalists from around the world. Many of the photos were artistically beautiful. Many were disturbing and painful to look at. Many were technical marvels. (All hail photoshop!). [...]

Ghent again

[Edit: Photos from Ghent available here.] So we woke up the next morning feeling FAR better than we had any right to after the long day and night of drinking. Perhaps walking 40 minutes back to our B&B helped. We decided to stay one more night in Ghent, but the B&B we were in had [...]


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We found our way to HopDuvel and opened the door. We were greated by a loud cheer “YOU MUST BE KADDEE AND JACK! WELCOME! COME IN COME IN!” Uuhh. “Hi”. Our American friend on the bicycle, Stefan, had arrived first. He had been embraced by a group of [hard drinking] locals that had spent the [...]

Ghent Part II

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The next morning, groggy and covered in mosquito bites, we stumbled out for some food. We ended up at Waterhuis ann de Bierkant. I had a delicious rabbit stew made with Chimay. We started lunch sitting outside. But the temperature started to drop and the wind picked up. It looked like rain. We decided to [...]

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