Jaques Brel was not Flemish, he spoke French. I've nothing against French, let it be clear, but here in Flanders we don't often have to talk it. I don't feel at home in a town like Brussels, and prefer Antwerp or Ghent to it. To be honest, I wouldn't mind either that Flanders became an independent country, and Wallony and Brussels other counties.
I don't claim to be knowledgeable about the struggles going on in your country, but I am aware of the conflict. If I recall correctly, Brussels itself is one of the sticking points. But enough about politics!
I hope you find some Flemish folks to converse with.
Yay, so happy to see a Belgium thread I'm half Belgian, half Malaysian, raised bilingual in Dutch and English....
Nice to meet you guys.....
Tell me something about yourself !
I'm a 33 year old female, living in Brussels, with a little 3 year old princess/monster (she was my 30th birthday present.... I tried pushing her out, but she insisted on having her own birth date...). I adore writing, but have only recently decided to take it more seriously and at the moment am concentrating on writing PB's and one YA novel. Anything else you're curious about, feel free to ask !!
I live in Dendermonde, so my first language is Flemish. But I do my writing in English. I went to uni in Gent, which is only 25 minutes by train.
Dendermonde is famous for its Horse Bayard (Ros Beiaard) and the yearly Reuzenommegang.
Are you married to a Belgian? And how do you like life in Flanders?
@frog: I mainly write in English. I used to write in Dutch as well, but ever since i decided to take up my writing more seriously, I've almost completely switched to writing in English only
What part of the country are you from ? And what language do you write in ?
I'm from Antwerp. I too write in English, but rather more through circumstance than actual conscious decision. I wrote my first story for people on the internet, as a challenge, and somehow that never changed. So I have never written anything in Dutch, despite it being my mothertongue.
ha, antwerp, so are you what they call a sinjoor ?
i used to live midway between antwerp and brussels (happy shopping in antwerp, happy working in brussels) but we recently moved to brussels so my daughter could learn french as well.
what type of work do you write ?
are any of you guys going to go to the SCBWI event in november ?
the scwbi is the association for children book writers, but now suddenly it struck me that you actually don't write children's books it's an event this november with authors and illustrators meeting up....
@ frog: I do my writing in English. Just goes better than writing in Dutch. And besides, the public is bigger in this language.
Btw, my grandmother was a real Sinjoor, even though she moved through Belgium with her soldier husband and finally landed in Dendermonde (which still had a garrison before World War II).
Just heard on the news that it's now been 500 days that there's been no Belgian government in place. Doesn't seem to really affect daily life now, does it ?
Anyway, I won't be doing NaNo, but I will be doing PiBoIdMo, picture book idea month the challenge is to generate 30 picture book ideas in 30 days......
Though I would love to do NaNo as well, a girl's gotta set her priorities.....
My wife is from Antwerp, and Gaby's sister lives in Gent! We live about 3 hours away from Antwerp in Germany but we come to visit Gaby's parents in Antwerp every month. They are 82 and almost 80 so we're trying to spend as much time as we can there. Gaby went to medical school in Gent about 25 years ago.
We just got home Sunday from our monthly trip to Antwerp/Gent. It would be nice to meet people from this board on our one of our trips!
One of my friends in Belgium owns an old folks home. They are trying to expand it but because there's no government so no one can sign off on their expansion.
Apparently in Belgium, the number of beds for elderly patients is controlled by the government. Manu said they are trying to expand with an additional 100 beds but without government approval, their expansion project might not happen. There's already a shortage of beds and the forecast for the problem to keep getting more severe.