Belgium, France and England

One of the big advantages of both Kim and me working remotely is that we aren’t tied to a single location. A few months ago, that meant that we were able to spend almost seven weeks in Europe without taking much leave. Itinerary I love living in South Africa, but at the same time, I do […]

Lotte, Hamed, Sina & TBA

Kim and I just got back from 6+ weeks in Europe. We got to spend a lot of time with family, which was great, and that time included quality moments with my sister, Lotte, and her family. Lotte is pregnant with their second child and we went to a park close to their house in […]

Belgian bands growing up

When you listen to music, you get influenced by a lot of other musicians, but I doubt anyone has as much influence as your local bands. Especially in Belgium, where everything is only a short train ride away, I’ve looked up to several bands. I still listen to some of those musicians regularly. So which […]

Zwarte Piet and My Own Racist Blind Spots

In 2011, I met my South African wife in Belgium. Her friend Crystal was visiting the town where we both lived in late November that year. Both of them were absolutely shocked when they saw Zwarte Piet (or Black Pete). Blind spots Up until that point, I had never ever considered the racist implications of […]

Haters Gonna Hate: From Brussels with Love?

  When Taylor Swift is singing her “Shake It Off” song, she’s not focusing on very deep aspects of life. Granted, while the message to not care too much about what other people say is valid, she is still only singing about dating and dance moves. There are deeper sides to life. Worse haters that […]

“So How Long Will You Stay in South Africa?” On Answering the Underlying Question

Even though I have definitely picked up some South African lingo, most locals still hear straight away that I’m not a national (yet). Once that is clear and they understand that I’m not Dutch or German, but Belgian, they ask me how long I’ve been in South Africa (since August 2013). The follow-up question to that […]

Anti-Flag’s Underground Network: Choose Your Covers Wisely

Around Easter in my second year of high school, I bought a guitar. My two best friends already had their instruments: a bass and drums. So the guitar was the only instrument that we still needed; we were going to play punk rock after all. We played for a while as My Mistake, but for most of our […]

Austria, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany & Portugal

In May and June, we went to Europe, originally for just the WordCamp in Cologne, but we combined it with Kim doing research in Vienna, a short trip to Bratislava, visits to friends and family in Belgium, and a holiday in Estoril and Lisbon to celebrate our birthdays.

Oh, Sleeper, Social Suicide (Hasselt)

South Africa isn’t frequented by a lot of metalcore bands and I really wanted to see Oh, Sleeper before moving to that part of the world. Not only did they come to Belgium in the last months before my move, I got to shoot and interview them.

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