Hellhole.Brussels

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(Left image:Madame La Belge)

Hell yes, we all remember the words of Donald Trump saying that the city of Brussels is a hellhole. I saw a lot of funny reactions appearing on social media at that time, coming from citizens and people who are active in the Brussels creative scene. One of them, Dries Tack, decided to create a website called Hellhole.Brussels to promote local artists abroad.

I recently rediscovered this website and I thought it was about time to share it with you.

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My sweet Brussels

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A few days ago I wanted to write this blog post, but it’s been a lot harder than I thought. It’s just not possible for me to move on without writing it down, so I’m kind of forcing myself right now. First came the shock, then the sadness and mourning, and now the anger. I am really grateful that I didn’t lose anyone close to me, but nevertheless the psychological wound is deep.

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Getting romantic in Brussels: Valentine’s Day special

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Some of you might think that Valentine’s Day is just a commercial affair, and I would be the first to agree. But on the other hand, what’s wrong with celebrating the fact that you love each other? I see it as an opportunity to spend a whole day together and really take the time to enjoy each other’s company. I hate to be too sentimental, but Brussels does have some romantic spots 🙂 !

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My resolutions for 2016

Happy New Year! What would you like to change or achieve this year? I was never a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but this year I do feel the need to think about what goals I would like to achieve. My boyfriend’s grandfather once told me that it’s important to have a goal in your life. I never forgot this sentence and the older I get, the more I think that he’s right!

I’m pretty sure that 2016 will be an exciting year for me. Tomorrow I’m starting a new job and in a few months we are moving to a different part of town. Of course we are not leaving Brussels 😉 . We need to do some renovations so I’m curious how that is going to work out. For now, we already started reading books about interior design to have an idea how we want it. A little dreaming never hurt anyone… These are my resolutions for 2016:

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I want to see as much art exhibitions as possible, even if I am too busy with work or other things.

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Getting married in Brussels: henna ritual

Hello everyone! Do you know what I like most about living in Brussels? That I get to meet lots of people from different cultures with different traditions. A friend of mine was getting married and since she told me it was going to be a mixed Moroccan-European wedding, I wanted to know all about the Moroccan wedding traditions 🙂 . She invited me to witness the henna ritual and gave me permission to take pictures!

The henna ritual is an importent element of a Muslim wedding, not only in Morocco but also in Turkey, Pakistan and so on. A few days before the wedding, a professional henna artist applies the henna on the bride’s hands and feet. Depending on the region where the bride’s family comes from, there are different patterns and styles to choose from. In the pictures and video you will see a Tanger inspired version.

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What to do in Brussels when all the museums are closed?

As you all know, there is not much to do in the city this weekend due to the terror threat level 4. Almost all public places are closed and there are no metros, so I have no other choice than to stay home. Hopefully it will pass very soon so we can go back to a normal life again…

I found the perfect pastime for this Sunday: a documentary that is called How Art Made The World, made in 2005 by BBC. I borrowed the dvd in Muntpunt (also closed this weekend). There are 5 dvd’s, good for 270 minutes of entertainment 🙂 . I only watched 2 of them so far, but I’m ready to install myself on the couch with a cup of tea and some chocolate. Let’s see a little fragment so that I can convince you it’s worth watching. 

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Without words

I always write a blogpost on Sunday, so for today I had something in mind about a great exhibition in Brussels. It’s just that I can’t pretend that this is a regular weekend. I’m shocked about what happened in Paris. Every book I read about blogging has learned me not to write anything when feeling very emotional or angry. Today I’m breaking that rule because yes, I am angry, yes, I am scared and yes, I feel really sad.

It’s heartbreaking to see all the messages passing by on twitter from people who lost their child, friend or husband. All these people are suffering and they will suffer for a long time. There is an expression that goes like this: if it rains in Paris, it drips in Brussels. So yes, in Brussels we can certainly feel the suffering too. I love Paris for the same reason I love Brussels: the little streets, the open-minded citizens, the cultural and artistic scene and the freedom to be who you are. All this has been swept away this weekend. Not entirely, because that wil never be possible.

I’m going to see the concert of Kamasi Washington this Monday in the AB. I wrote a blogpost about it this summer, and I remember something he said about the Ferguson shootings (read the full blogpost here). He said:  “What fixes your spirit when Ferguson happens? It hurts your spirit, it hurts your heart and soul. You need something to fix it.” That’s what he’s trying to do with his music, to fix our souls.

It takes time to heal the pain that is caused, but I am convinced that Kamasi will at least make me forget about this fucked up world for a few hours.

Greetings,

KOMALIBXL

 

 

 

 

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The Royal Palace from the inside

Have you ever wondered what the Royal Palace looks like on the inside? I never really thought about it, until a few days ago. Every summer, the Royal Palace opens its doors for the public (this year until 06/09/2015). I thought I should see it at least once before it’s closing again. Let me show you some pictures of my experience.

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