48792 km

And here are the travel statistics for round 3 of my journey.In total, I made another 48792 kilometers. This was the shortest and quickest round, lasting a mere 80 days! Here are the statistics for round 1 and round 2. Technically it was not a full circle, as I did not return to Cape Town, but Brussels being pretty […] Read More

542 days

This is a somewhat simplified graphic representation of my journey. It took 542 days, between leaving Brussels by train, to head to my parents, and landing in the European capital again, 18 months later. According to Google maps, I travelled roughly 165.850 kilometers, however the actual figure is higher due to to longer actual flight paths, […] Read More

Epilogue

Back in Brussels, I have spent the first few days carrying boxes around. Bringing stuff up from the basement, bringing stuff down to the basement, going through all boxes, checking what I would need and what could potentially stay in the basement for another couple of months…. Brussels weather was at it’s best for such […] Read More

Arrived

I spent two hours in the Lufthansa lounge, getting breakfast, then a soup, and, above all, taking a shower after the long flight. Together with the business class check-in, there are the best perks of being a Frequent Traveller. And of course, using the miles for the Round-the-world-ticket! The last flight to Brussels was really […] Read More

LH511

We left relatively on time, at around 19h30, and the flight was more or less smooth. Somehow, again, my veggie order was forgotten – but they had yummy pasta, so I was happy (the veggie pasta is often way better than the vegetarian meal, which often is chickpeas….) and the crew was really great. Anyway, it […] Read More

Excessive Buenos Aires

When I first came to Buenos Aires in 2011 I thought it was pretty cheap. In comparison to Brussels. 2013 was another thing already. Two and a half years of inflation added to the price level. Now, back in 2015, it’s outright expensive, to the point where sometimes it’s excessive, for what you get. As […] Read More

Final flights

This is it, I am about to board my last final flights, from Buenos Aires to Frankfurt and on to Brussels. Due to the strike, my departure is delayed by two hours, but I’m glad they could re-schedule the flight with only this minimal delay. I will miss my initial flight into Brussels, but have already […] Read More

Looking forward to…

… thé a la mente and the veggie lasagna in Café Fontainas … my 1h45m signature massage with Tom at Jari Menari … the handmade Chinese noodles at Au bon bol … a sunday morning at Café Belga with my newspaper … a summer night with beers outside of Belgica … lunch breaks with friends … […] Read More

Very last day

I spent the last day on this trip all by myself. Not that I had planned it that way. Maybe I should have. But on Saturday, instead of seeing old and new friends, one thing after the other fell through. Same thing Sunday morning. Everyone either did not respond at all, or hours too late, […] Read More

Meanwhile, in Brussels…

… Sven has arranged for my move! It happened today, and my 48 boxes, suitcases, kitchen table, CD racks, pictures and frames were moved quietly out of his garage and into my new apartment in rue de Londres. When I arrive on Monday, I’ll get the keys, and my things will be in my new […] Read More

MALBA

Finally, on my last day here in Buenos Aires, I managed to do one single thing from my list: I went to MALBA, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. I’ve been there before, but it’s always a treat. This time they had a great photo exhibition of German-Argentinian photographer Annemarie Heinrich. But the main […] Read More

Empanadas y vino

Just a few pictures from this Friday night, with Javo and some new friends. All expats, we realized we had one of each nationality: American, Canadian, Spanish, British, Ecuadorian, Venezuelan, German, and of course, our only Argentinian: Javo. It’s like back home in Brussels, just that there is usually one token Belgian.   We ordered […] Read More