Another Belgian trip in the offing

Post date: Nov 03, 2009 9:5:7 AM

It looks like I will be spending a few more weeks in Belgium in the spring, in Flanders this time (the Dutch-speaking region. We used to say "Flemish" for the local language, but "Dutch" ("Nederlands") is now standard usage. Flemish and Dutch are the same language, but with regional variations. However, "Flemish" is still used to refer to the culture and people of Flanders).

Key challenges will include the sheer speed at which the Flemish speak (totally unexpected to the uninitiated), and how to get back to the airport for a Friday night flight home to spend the weekend with the family.