First off, WOW! I thank you lurkers that delurked yesterday! I honestly didn’t think I could pull some of you out but I hope you guys are not as shy and give you opinion more often!
Its time for some flashback friday!
I got a request from a reader yesterday asking to know more about my travels to Belgium. So here is my little “Eden’s Belgian History Lesson”:
Its in the genes: Obviously, my connection to belgium starts in the genes. My dad was born there and that automatically gives me citizenship! I actually have to vote there too! My dad and I usually have mail in ballots but if we don’t vote we both loose are citizenships! (I’m thinking the US needs to adopt this law….)
What do Belgians speak? I grew up with kids always asking me if the Belgian speak Belgian. Most didn’t know about Belgium. I think they got confused with Bulgaria. Anyhow, Belgium has three national languages: Flemish (which is essentially dutch), French, and German. There are three different principalities in Belgium and they all speak differently more or less. My dad is from Antwerp which is in Flanders. Obviously, they speak Flemish there. Yep, Flemish and ONLY flemish! I find that when I try speaking French to someone in Antwerp, they give me a dirty look. I have this theory that Belgians automatically assume that everyone else speaks at least three languages, but refuse to speak more than one themselves.
Whats cool in Belgium? (besides chocolate, waffles, and beer): Not to discount Belgium’s food (it IS insanely good!), but they are known for quiet a few things you may have not heard about. Antwerp is home to a prestigious fashion design school and I find there are beautiful clothing shops with interesting pieces that I would never find in any mall in the US. The Belgians actually produce some cool comics! The iconic “Adventures of Tin Tin” was authored by a Belgian and originally written in Flemish! My dad used to collect Tin Tin comics and you’ll find many comics sold around Belgium!
Sunday is Holy: I feel bad for my dad growing up. Being a Jew in a very Catholic country makes sundays not all that much fun. You see, most of Europe is Protestant. However, Belgium is very much Catholic so Sunday is usually quiet with everything being close. Its like christmas every week for them!
The least expensive drink is beer: and everyone acts like “Well, obviously!”
With all honesty, I love Belgium. Even if the weather is crappy. I’m glad my grandmother still lives there because it gives me a reason to visit. I tell people if you have never been to Europe, go to Belgium! Its a teeny country but you will get all of the history, castles, museums, food, and beer you could want!
Have you learned anything from my guide to Belgium? Did anything surprise you? Have you been to Belgium? If so, spill the beans!
And I know your probably expecting a Belgian waffle recipe….right?
Too bad. But this is yummy too!
1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons mayo (or nayo or whatever fake mayo you like to use)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbs honey