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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Discovering your own country

Don't you agree that most people tend to explore places outside their own country?

While I live in Belgium, there are many places/towns/regions I haven't yet visited. I've been to most European countries, North and South America, Asia and Africa but for instance haven't seen the Gallo-Roman museum in Tongeren.

That's why we are going to do some exploring when in Antwerp the coming weekend. Our grandma hailed from this city (where inhabitant think they're a bit better than most other Flemings, and where they just call it 'the town') but when marrying our granddad, she moved around quite a bit.

Of course, we've done school trips to Antwerp. But that was always on the quick, and frankly I don't remember a lot of it anymore. You were way to busy watching the students than actually seeing what you visited.

There is the house of Pieter Paul Rubens, for instance. Never been there. And the MAS (museum of modern art) - just the same. The only places in Antwerp I know well are a restaurant (Horta) and the city theater and opera house.

A visit to the theater is mainly the reason we're going to Antwerp. The performances (of Jesus Christ Superstar, with Ted Neeley) are only in the evening, and when you live in Dendermonde there is no way you can get back home that evening. Our trains don't run late at night. So we had to book a hotel room and figured we could make a weekend out of it.

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