I have a lot of great memories here in the States and naming one particular memorable experience is really hard. I could talk about crazy nights out in Las Vegas, traveling to New York or San Francisco, eating crazy food, having a real American Thanksgiving, going hiking or winery touring, driving in the Utah and [...]
Let’s be clear from the start: Belgium is not the wildest place on earth and, with one of the highest population densities in the world, we don’t have that many vast landscapes where nature can thrive. However, it would be a mistake to consider Belgium as a place devoid of all wildlife. Indeed, the southern [...]
Food? Well, Belgium is all about food! We might not have an extremely prestigious culinary tradition, but people who have visited Belgium all agree on the fact that we enjoy good products and that we are very much about the Burgundian lifestyle, i.e. ‘enjoyment of life, good food, and extravagant spectacle’. Here is my top [...]
The king of sports in Belgium, like everywhere else in Europe I guess, is football… Sorry, I meant soccer!
Soccer is really big and the national championship is followed throughout the country by hundreds of thousands people. Unfortunately, our national team, the Red Devils, haven’t been doing really well in the recent year. Therefore, the period [...]
Well, for once, I am a bit at loss for words and do not really know what to tell you guys about Valentine’s day in Belgium. Not that it does not exist, not that it is not big (it is actually really big back home), but rather that I can’t find any striking differences between [...]
Hi everyone! I hope that you all had an enjoyable winter break and that this new semester will be even more fun than the last one. This week, I was asked to write about my winter travels: that is quite an arduous task as I did travel a lot through the USA during the break, [...]
All big cities have their great monuments: Paris has the Eiffel tower, New York has the statue of Liberty, Rome has the Coliseum and Brussels has… the Manneken Pis! Despite its very small size, this statue is one of the main attractions of the city and the people of Brussels are really proud of it.
The Southern part of Belgium and especially the Ardennes, is a wild and hilly area covered with forests full of legends and myths. One of them is related to a place called ‘Les fonds de Quarreux’, on the Ambleve river near the city of Aywaille. At this very specific place the riverbed is packed with [...]
Hi everyone! So apparently we are dealing with national holidays for this issue of the Willamette World News Blog… And obviously this is a topic that we all like to talk about! I have to admit that I had a hard time choosing a holiday because as you might be aware of, we do have [...]
Bonjour tout le monde! I’m Pascal from Belgium and I’ll be be the Teaching Assistant for French classes at Willamette University this year. I studied languages and literature and I graduated last year from the University of Liege.
The abolition of the death penalty in Belgium happened only in 1996. However, the last execution took place in 1950, when 250 collaborators from the World War II were shot. My country succeeded to be, for a long time, a State of right that didn’t put into practice the death penalty anymore, but kept [...]
After the crash of the Columbia space ship that happened a few weeks ago, we thought that it would be interesting to show the implication of our countries in the space research. In this article, I’m going to show the role of Belgium in the ISS program (International Space Station). Indeed, via the ESA [...]
After the terrible topic of last week, let’s talk about something more pleasant: Love. As everybody knows, we celebrated last Friday St Valentine’s Day. In Belgium, like in a lot of other countries, this day is highly awaited and is very popular. However, I find this day nicer in my country. Indeed, the tradition is [...]
The topic proposed for this week is not the easiest one. Indeed, the pressure that the United States keeps against Iraq puts the different countries of the world in a complex situation, and produces a very perceptible tension in the countries around Iraq. In this article I am going to talk about the position of [...]