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An Honest Reflection on Belgium

on August 19, 2017

I’m currently flying above a hazy navy sky, and beneath that, the faint outline of patchwork farmland. As I tap this out on my iPhone, miles below Belgium fades smaller and smaller in the distance. Continue reading

In Bruges (Land of Chocolate, Churches, and Canals)

on April 13, 2016

Or, as I like to call it, the tiny town of chocolate, churches, and canals. (Also Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, but that might just be in the movie.)

Hi, all! It’s Julia again. Now as much as I love Bruges and as quaint and wonderful as it is, I understand that posting a travel guide for it on the heels of the recent tragedies in Belgium might seem a bit odd. Obviously safety is anyone’s number one priority, but I also think it’s important to continue to support these kinds of places. So many of these places that have been affected by terrorism are also consequently affected by decreases in tourism, a primary source of economic fuel for them. I’ll also say, having been in Paris and Belgium around the times of both attacks, that immediately afterward the security was considerably amped up – these places are doing their best to make everyone, inhabitants and visitors alike, feel safe and welcome.

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