Cheese and beer tasting at work

First of all I took only part in the cheese tasting as I don’t drink beer (after working hours).
I think everyone enjoyed it a lot.

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Red Star Line Museum – Antwerp, Belgium

A story about millions of people and one dream…

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“The Red Star Line Museum invites you on an eventful journey in the footsteps of the emigrants. Become acquainted with the passengers and accompany them on their trip from their native village to Antwerp. The ocean steamers of the Red Star Line are docked on the quay ready to depart for the New World. Exciting and personal stories accompany you across the ocean. On the other side of the ocean you say goodbye to your fellow passengers.” – quote from the Museum site.

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– Examples of luggage –
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– One of the passengers –
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– Example of a shower and dressing room. Before embarking everybody needed to take long showers, clothes, luggage, everything was desinfected –
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– A view from the Museum to the river “Schelde” –
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Migration started a long time ago but it is also very actual now. The following pictures give you an impression of migration throughout the years. They were exposed in the museum on screens set up in one big circle. I took the pictures from the screens but the original pictures are not from me. I was allowed by them useum to take pictures.

Enjoy the little tour of happiness, sadness, goodbye, war, lonelyless and brave people…

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The old tree

Due to my dad’s illness I have not been able to post a lot. Our dad died on the 17th of December 2013. It now gives me the time to grieve and post the pics I’ve been taking but not published yet.

During our walks with our dad, we walked in the green zone of a small city-village Lier (in the province of Antwerp). It’s a small city where you also have a lot of green and water.

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– these trees look like giant claws –

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Happy 2014!

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” – Neil Gaiman

I found this quote on the internet and it inspired me. My son and I were talking about me yesterday. And I do recognize that I’m afraid of a lot of things. Because I’m afraid, there are things in my life that I avoid. It’s weak, I know that too. I crawl into my shelf and keep myself away from things I know I would really like to do. So this is a promise to myself: I will try to become a bit stronger and fight against my fear for new things.

I hope that 2014 will bring you a life full of happiness.

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