Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Expat Interviews: In Brugge

Driving an RV through Rocky Mountain National Park would be child's play compared to, say, trying to learn Flemish. So cruising around the not-so-historical streets of my neighborhood today, I was curious why images from the movie In Bruges kept popping into my head.

But why wouldn’t they? Look at this:

And this:

There’s something about a chill in the air that always gets me thinking about European cities, holiday shopping on cobblestone streets, Sacher torte and cottage pie.

So I put the Art Show Epiphany on hold for a bit and went off in search of Colin Farrell.

I mean, Brugge! Yes, Brugge.

On ExpatInterviews.com, I found Bradley Boatman. He isn’t in Brugge, but he’s close – just down the road in Hasselt. Everything is just down the road in Europe.

Brugge to Amsterdam: 2 3/4 hours
Paris: 2 hours 59 minutes
Bonn: 3 hours
London: 3 hours 50 minutes

And that's by car! (Except for that bit under the English Channel)

Here’s one of my favorite questions from Bradley’s interview:

What do you think about the Belgians?

I tend to take a universal approach to my fellow humankind; if you're warm, accessible, friendly then usually they mirror the same sentiments back to you. Perhaps Belgians are only slightly more reserved at first. Belgians are trustworthy and extremely dependable people. At least that's been my experience in Flanders.

Trustworthy and dependable. I bet they’d make great neighbors. (Oh, and you know who else is Belgian? That maitre d’ on Hell’s Kitchen. He seems so nice. Even though the Mean Chef insists on calling him French.)

So, read Bradley’s interview if you’re hankering to know a bit more about an expat’s life in Belgium. Or leave a comment here if you have personal experience – even better! And maybe bookmark Expat Interviews, for those days when you’re craving a bit of a wander.

Brugge pictures from Wikimedia Commons, copyright markdhammond (top) and Wolfgang Staudt from Saarbruecken, Germany (bottom)

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