Music || Within Temptation

A giant concert selfie to start!

Sometime in May, I have forgotten the date now, we decided on a bit of a whim to go to a concert in Antwerp. Personally, I blame Spotify for informing me of it whilst I was listening to the band.

I shy away from questions about my music tastes, just because I always had the feeling it wouldn’t be to the taste of the people around me. I started to share my music taste with Kris about two years ago and much to my enjoyment we’re pretty compatible in this area. I also think he’s growing accustomed to my musical preferences.

We’ve moved away from listening to the local radio to listening to Kerrang! so we actually enjoy the music we have on and it’s always fun to listen to their unsigned show and hear new bands. What can I say, I like my music on the rock side with a healthy sprinkling of metal. Kris likes his with less metal but a bit of an indie kick.

Anything tickling my inner emo child will also be a winner too.

So, the most new-to-us band is a Dutch group, Within Temptation. A hard rock band, with a bit of a gothic influence, that’s well-known in Belgium and the Netherlands. Spotify’s words, not mine.

I thought I’d share some concert photos with you that actually came out not too bad.

The first two are from the supporting band, Delain, who are also a Dutch band and we’re also quite good. Don’t worry, if you are interested, all the songs are in English. The concert on the other hand, not so much.

Delain

Delain

Within Temptation Hydra Tour

Within Temptation Hydra Tour lifestyle blog

Within Temptation Hydra Tour Lifestyle Blog

A couple of our favourite songs from Within Temptation

  • Covered by Roses
  • Faster
  • And We Run
  • Silver Moonlight

Do you like concerts? What’s your musical preference?

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Belgium || The Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre, La Louvière

Last month Kris and I took a day trip to La Louvière, down in Wallonia. La Louvière is around a two-hour train ride from Leuven, this was our first time going to the French-speaking half of Belgium and it was a welcome change from Flanders (the Dutch speaking half). The landscape is a lot more rugged and if I’m completely honest, more people waved hello to us in one day here than in the two years we have lived here in Leuven.

We didn’t go to visit the city we actually went to visit two of Belgium’s UNESCO sites. It’s a long running goal of ours to try to see them all before we leave. This first was the four boat lifts on the Canal du Centre and one of the key mining sites in Belgium, but I have a second post for that part.

I’ve never seen a boat lift before and I wasn’t actually sure what one actually was, but it is what it is, a boat lift.

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

These boat lifts are from the late 19th century and are still in working condition. The heights between one side of the canal and the other ranges from 15-16 meters. They all work on hydraulics but I’m not going to pretend that I can even explain how that works. Standing underneath them and watching the water leaking out of metal though is a bit daunting. As are the continual drip, drip, drip noises.

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

La Louvière Belgium travel lifestyle blog UNESCO Boat Lifts on Canal du Centre

The day was lovely and sunny, and even a bit warm when you weren’t in the shade. We packed a lunch and got to sit by with water to nibble our sandwiches and attempt to skim rocks. It was quiet and hardly anyone was around for the most part if the day. We walked for hours, down the canal and then through the outskirts of the city to get from the boat lifts to the mining site. We didn’t even get lost! Have to admit, once you’ve seen one boat lift, you have pretty much seen them all. The first one was my favourite, the others were just extras as we went on our extended canal walk.

After checking everything out, we managed to miss the train home and had to wait an hour for the next one. So we sat down by the side of the tracks like the hipsters we are and waited.

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Life || Sunday Summary

I skipped last weeks Sunday Summary, for whatever reason, one that I don’t recall now. I’ve been struck down with the Belgian Lurgies, again! It must be some sort of expat flu or something, but, my gosh, does it kick my arse every time.

I keep meaning to write these posts throughout the week, but I never do and my memory is shocking. So, from what I recall in the last two weeks…

  • I hemmed one of the skirts in my pile from calf length to just above the knee
  • I, again, almost broke my incredibly old sowing machine, oops
  • We watched many Fringe episodes whilst laying on the sofa sick
  • We also watched The Hobbit and really?! A three-part film?! – You’ve got to be kidding me
  • I decided that as much as I liked the pastel peachy colour my hair had gone, I wanted to go back to bright orange. I tried to bleach out some of the remaining blue which had turned the peachy colour a kind of grey, but that didn’t work. I then decided to just spread the orange on and hope for the best, I ran out before I could finish my whole head and filled in the leftovers with green. It didn’t turn out half bad
  • We finally got around to buying some bins for the apartment, no more using a waste paper bin and just the bag propped up in the extra bathroom
  • Our tripod arrive which I’m excited to try out and I ordered some nail stickers for the fun of it and as soon as my patience kicks in I might actually have a fancy set of nails
  • Kris is on a permanent fly hunt in our house
  • We made lasagne for the first time in months

I’m clutching at memory straws here. How was your week? Can you even remember it?

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