BBE is great!

The BBE and the HI-5ives!

July 23. I hope it’s already on the calendar of every blogger following my blog: at this date the second edition of the Big Blog Exchange of Hostelling International launches!! From 23/07 – 03/09, convince as many people as possible to vote for that blog of yours! It doesn’t matter if you’re only blogging for…

Tatami, tea bowls and tea preparation space

A Japanese Tea ceremony in Paris

Yeah, I know. I promised that I would write on a more regular base … I know. But I had a lot of things to do. One of the reasons, I don’t get to blogging properly, is this place: The MCJP or the House of Japanese Culture in Paris. Two evenings a week, I attend…

Liesbet à Paris on a snowcat

Driving a snowcat

The snow cat: a robust, heavy tank vehicle with windows. It makes a hell of a noise so you can hardly understand each other, and the comfort inside is what you can expect from the comfort in a tank. But it is designed especially for snow surfaces or soft grounds, it can resist arctic conditions…

You want a solbun?

Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun … Nobody said it better than The Beatles. The sun, so common to most of us that we never consider its presence. But imagine: several months in “total darkness”, a seemingly never-ending night, only accompanied by snow, ice and arctic winds. And then, when the sun finally appears, the time for…

Getting some speed

Who let the dogs out?

(!new: video below!) We are at Svalbard Villmarkssenter, surrounded by lying dogs, barking dogs and excited dogs. As you can probably guess, we had booked a dogsledding tour. Another way to explore the arctic region, less noisy than snow mobiles. At least, when the dogs are running. As soon as we approach the kennels, we…

Paris by night II

I am back

I haven’t been active on my blog these last few weeks. Shame on me because I have a lot to blog about but I did not get around to it. Most of the weekends were either fully booked (Belgium and other stuff), or the weather was too fine to stay inside and work was quite…