Eire itinerary: Cork

Ireland, the Green Isle, the Emerald of the Atlantic Ocean. The Celtic Tiger that roared in the 1990s and went the way of the dodo in 2008. That part of the world that is most known for exporting leprechauns and the colour green. (as a Belgian I can’t really give them credit for the beer thing).

That mysterious island that has intrigued me for so long, the one that I have studied and written about, the one whose national holiday coincides with my birthday parties, and the one whose food and pronunciation of the t(h)r sound I have adopted. The one I travelled to in the summer of 2015. 

Read More


Brief aan de NMBS

Posted in Personal / Tags , ,

Lieve vrienden van de Belgische spoorwegen. Ik weet dat jullie het druk hebben met het inplannen van jullie stakingen zodat jullie eens een midweek kunnen nemen of wat verlengde weekends, maar bij deze toch een kleine oproep.

Ik neem nogal regelmatig de trein op de lijn 53A, Mechelen-Haacht-Leuven en zou jullie graag een paar tips meegeven.

Read More


Why it’s okay to start hating yourself about now

Posted in Personal / Tags ,

Some call it being brave, others call it a hobby, most call it crazy. We know it as National Novel Writing Month.

Fresh out of last year’s victory, I was going for another clear win this year. Unfethered by, you know, having a full time day job, I figured reaching 1500 words every day would be a cake-walk. Sometimes, however, I am so wrong that I can’t even use the whole ‘I’m blond excuse.’

Read More


You better do as we ask or else… a different approach to the gay marriage debate

If you happen to be one of the lucky, o I don’t know, three dozen or so who received an email from me yesterday with a link to a video clip, you’ll probably now it by now. If not, here is the gist of it.

I frelling love this clip from College Humor about gay marriage. I wish it were a tv-commercial that could have aired in the four states with same-sex questions on the ballot. If you have followed the elections, or read my blog, you’ll know that all 4 approved gay marriage (or rejected a ban on same-sex marriages.)

But as the cute guy in the clip says, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Read More