Mechelen, Belgium.

Belgium… home to three languages, french fries with mayonnaise and beer.Since moving here temporarily for my semester abroad, I have come to see that it is far more than that. It is a country that celebrates diversity and is more like a unity of nationalsties than anything else.

The different cultural elements can be seen throughout its cities, taking form in small French cafés and boulangeries, architecture that resembles that of the Netherlands and a bunch of creativity and innovation that can be seen wherever you set foot in.

Here are some impressions and snapshots of my new home town, Mechelen:


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28 thoughts on “Mechelen, Belgium.

    1. Thank you lovely, I always look forward to your comments, they’re so kind and thoughtful! It really is this little bubble of heaven, I mean chocolate, cute cafes, fries and mayo… what more could you want?! 🙂 x

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  1. I hardly come across anyone who has been to Mechelen and there you are. Love that town…we stayed there for three weeks, I having accompanied my husband on his work trip. I fell in love with it a little bit every day during my walks around it. Your photos do it justice — you look lovely btw. I notice that you are standing next to LPQ in one of the shots. It was my daily haunt for coffee. Oh for time to be turned back! Enjoy your new home town, hun, and my love to it. xx

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    1. Oh my god, what a coincidence! What I like about the town so much is that everything is within walking / cycling distance, it made seeing everything Mechelen had to offer so easy. As a student, it’s just great because I save public transportation costs. And it’s located so well! I think a train to Antwerp or Brussels is about 10 minutes – what more could you want/need? And I’m glad you like my photography, although I do admit that the beauty this town has to offer makes it easier to capture good photos. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it made me smile xx

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      1. Always my pleasure.

        I like walking everywhere too. Apart from saving the extra buck, which always counts, it allows you to see places intimately. I hear you – about its connectivity. We used to take the train from there for day trips.

        You have a fabulous time and shall wait to see more posts about your life there. 🙂 xx

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  2. Oh man Belgium seems like such a nice place. I wanna go there now. Europe is so nice.

    I’d argue that beer and fries are a form of language by themselves. A language of love and cholesterol.

    Also you’ll find the Belgian Political system to be quite interesting (since you are into politics and all) considering that they have ingeniously put all three of their communities at peace and have granted them all equal and fair representation.

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    1. It’s a dream! A language of love and cholesterol you say? Lol, I couldn’t agree more.

      And yes, thank you for bringing it up! The politics here are fascinating, like you said, it’s amazing how three communities of different speaking groups made it work the way they did. There’s actually a hilarious video on the very subject, they showed this to us on our first day of uni here: https://youtu.be/QlwHotpl9DA

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  3. What the hell troll? You are more stupid than ever, futball analphabeta. Holland that killed the 2times EC champ and WC-champ spanish armada plus trashed Brazil in their home soil , Belgium golden generation, that won a bronze medal in this WC, the strongest Germany team since 1990, and one of the top3 in their history (74, 90, 2014), plus a massive Switzerland, who always hard to beat (vs Brazil in this WC), this route you compare to Paraguay, USA, cheating South Korea, Brazil against whom ofc they were zero chance. Cmon man biggest troll ever, leave this place idiot!!! Where was this great German side in EC2000 and in EC2004? Yes they were in the group stage LOL MR. TROLL

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    1. I’d appreciate it if you refrain from using aggressive or hurtful language towards others in the future. There are different ways to educate others on things you’re passionate about but this is just not the way to go about it. Think before you post a comment that is rude, I know the anonymity of the Internet sometimes makes us forget that we’re dealing with real people on the other side of the screen.

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  4. These pictures are so, so beautiful, and I immediately feel like being there myself.
    French fries with mayonnaise, oh lord. Probably one of the few things I love all the time.
    Heck, I have mayonnaise with everything.

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    1. Why thank you, that means a lot. You see, that’s the thing. I’m not a mayonnaise gal… At least I wasn’t before moving here. Now I’m starting to get the appeal, although classic ketchup still has the top spot in my heart.. for now. Who knows, after 6 months I might be converted 😂

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    1. Thank you! It has been terrifying and confusing, beautiful and exciting and I wouldn’t change any of it. Leaving home, moving to a different country, surviving by yourself, it’s a challenge but a rewarding one (so far anyways). xx

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