Day 122 – Back in Brussels, things to look forward to…..
A few weeks ago, during one of my quiet trawls through the internet, I came across a site that I thought would be quite useful for a lot of my Anglo-friends in Brussels. We struggle, but somehow manage to cope with websites in french and dutch, but miss a ‘one stop shop’ for all things relating to what we want to do, how we want to do it, and where to do it. This is a good starting point.
Tebiki is as it says, an English guide to sustainable life in Brussels.
The Author, Xavier Auclert was born in France, lived in various countries as he grew up, studied in France and then moved to Brussels for work. He currently is living in Japan, preparing to return to Brussels soon. I find it incredible that he manages to keep a website like this up to date from a distance, but heh, that’s the power of the internet, and obviously shows his belief and love of Brussels. I really like what he says about sustainability…..
If I had to sum up quickly why sustainability is important for me, I would say that not shifting to truly sustainable prosperity models cements injustice. It is a way of telling the majority of the people on earth and to future generations that, however they look at it, they are not entitled to fulfilling and dignified lives. I find that unacceptable.
I really enjoyed the articles on cycling in Brussels, which include bike routes, where to maintain your bike, and where to get advice and training (important for the little ones) on cycling in a big city. Beware Helen, I am going to challenge you to a Bike ride to work in the coming months (though I think we will need a Friday without too many meetings and deadlines planned!)
I also liked their section on Slow food and Bio food, both close to my heart. They have great links into various Belgian sites, including info on the next Gouter Bruxelles in September 2011, and a few restaurants that serve Slow or Bio food. Go via their maps button, really useful to find restaurants, shops and markets in your area.
Xavier would also like to hear if you have articles to add, things that you would be interested in, and just general feedback. So do have a look around the site, and try I few things out. Don’t worry Helen, on the cycle back from work, we can stop at an Organic cafe, leave me to research the route!!