Sunny day in June

Summer finally decided to hit Ghent, so my boyfriend and I decided to take a break from analyzing data and went into town

We decided on a whim to visit the Belfry, one of Ghent’s famous medieval towers that overlooks the city. The fact that I’ve been living in Ghent for four years now without having a decent view of the city centre, felt like such a shame to me, that I decided now was the time to be all touristy and climb up the tower to the top.

Sint-Baafs

The Saint Bavo Cathedral, almost packed and ready to be renovated.


On the other side, you can see the Saint Nicholas’ Church. The recently constructed park in front of it, is where we had our little afternoon pick nick.

We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with Starbucks Frappuccino’s and a very disgusting snack which is supposed to be an apple donut (Do not get this, ever! It’s so bad). I also started reading the 1Q84-trilogy by Haruki Murakami. I know, I’m pretty late to jump on the band wagon, but better late than never right? I’m loving the story so far, and been very intrigued by the personalities of Aomame and Fuka-Eri. It’s been a constant in my life: whenever I’m reading a book or seeing a movie or series, either the very powerful girls and women or the very bizarre and strange ones are my favorites.


Enjoy the rest of your week. Talk to you soon xx

Isbells @ Huiskamer Ernest

So… I’m back! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I’m currently working on my thesis, and I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can hand it in and never have to look at it again! Think I took too much on my plate by doing too much research and using too many different research methods… In a month and a half I will (hopefully) be finished and (hopefully) have passed so I can graduate and finally have my master’s degree in Communication sciences.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, my friend Amelie and I visited this new coffee place in Ghent, called Huiskamer Ernest. This coffee bar simply wants to be a cozy and artsy living room in the city, where you can relax, hang out with your friends, read, study, work, etc… They organize concerts and workshops as well, and on the 2nd of June, Amelie and I went to see Isbells.

Isbells

Isbells is a Belgian band which is mostly known for its melancholic pop-folk songs. To be honest, I didn’t know that many songs, but I still had a great time. They’re amazing live and the music fit perfectly in the intimate atmosphere Huiskamer Ernest advocates. It literally felt like Isbells was performing a private concert in your living room.

For all of you who don’t know the band, here’s a live performance of their song ‘Heading For The Newborn’ at our youth radio station Studio Brussel. Couldn’t find any of the footage taken at Huiskamer Ernest online, so you’ll have to do with this. You can find more about them here and here and here.

Hope you enjoyed and talk to you soon!

Janice

STAM visit

A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I headed to the STAM city museum in Ghent. It basically gives you an overview of the history of Ghent in all its glory. This time they also had an temporary exposition about De Vooruit, a festival and arts centre built by the Belgian socialist cooperative in 1913. Now it functions as an independent cultural arts center, which has become a very popular place-to-be with the local crowd. To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, STAM has put together an exposition about the building, which tells the story from it’s beginning until now.

Because Vooruit was – and still is- such a big landmark during my student years (well, I’m still a student, but you know what I mean) I thought it would be interesting to get to know the history of this beautiful building.

Vooruit

Vooruit

Miranda July

A couple of years ago I saw Miranda July’s film The Future during the Ghent Filmfestival. She was there herself to answer some of the questions from the audience.

Daft Punk

Not only does Vooruit host all kinds of cultural expositions and shows, it also rents out its concert venue to artists and organizations to perform or to organize big parties. Here’s a poster from the first I Love Techno party that was held in Vooruit in 1995. My boyfriend, the Daft Punk-fanatic he is, was looking high and low for this poster as proof they did once perform in the small venue of Vooruit. Don’t think they will perform there again in the near future.

Vooruit

Vooruit café is another popular part of the whole Vooruit-venue. At the end of the tour you could take a test and win a 50% coupon for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (yes, I am a cheapo).

Of course there is always a permanent exhibition, and at STAM citymuseum, it’s (what’s in a name) about the city of Ghent. It shows you the rich history of this kind of forgotten city in Europe.

STAM

This must be the most famous room of the museum. The floor is covered with an enlarged aerial photo of the city of Ghent. In the middle there’s a replica of the city centre. I’m sure every visitor living in Ghent has looked for their home on the map.

STAM

The sexy part about this room is wearing these shoe-bag-thingies to keep the floor tidy and neat.

STAM

STAM

STAM
This was actually my second time visiting the museum. The first time was during Museumnight, when all the museums in Ghent open their doors for free to the public. I don’t remember that much of it, just because it was so crowded. Being here for the second time, without the mass almost crushing each other. You actually get to see the museum and take nice and decent pictures without everyone running through your shot!

Rechtvaardige Rechters

Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the painting The Just Judges (Rechtvaardige Rechters) by Jan van Eyck, which got stolen in 1934 and has never been found. This whole room is dedicated to the theft, the ransom and the theories around the infamous painting.

STAM lego

At the end of the museum tour, there’s a huge table filled with white lego pieces and three big lego-replica’s of famous buildings in Ghent. Visitors can make their own version of Ghent with the lego-pieces and show how they’d like to see the city in the future.

lego STAM

More information about the museum you can find here. You can visit the Vooruit and all its rooms and venues until the 27th of October.