Belgium || Museum Dr Guislain, Ghent

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So, Museum Dr. Guislain, I had high hopes for this place. A psychiatry museum, just the kind of strange museum shit that Kris and I like to visit. But, we were disappointed. Although having visit a good few months ago now, we have since gotten over that disappointment, I’m not one to hold a grudge.

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I didn’t build my hopes up on any tangible evidence, I will admit, so it was mostly my own fault. For some reason I had this elaborate idea of a museum set up in an old psychiatric hospital – it was – with various exhibits showing equipment, medical practices, patient care, with replica rooms and just a lot of things to look at – it wasn’t.

It was mostly a photography exhibition and then some pages from various books, information from different studies and more photographs.

The first photography exhibit was based around the care of patients with mental health problems in poorer places like Africa. Which, although interesting, wasn’t what I wanted when going to a museum about the history of psychiatry in Belgium.

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Saying that, there was the very fascinating set of photographs of a social experiment a photographer – I forgot their name – did. They choose a place, a set amount of time and a theme and set about photographing the people who met the theme, such as “wearing a red coat” or “wearing fur”. I spent a lot of time looking at those photos. I couldn’t quite believe that someone could find 30 people following the same random theme in about half an hour.

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The photography exhibits did display some interesting themes, the main idea being to show the patients in all lights, be it psychosis or gardening, it had that feel of trying to show you something more than just the psychiatric illness. But, for me, that made it lose it’s museum-feel.

The few areas where there were physical items on display were very interesting from a medical perspective. Old MRI machines, there was also a mock hospital set up – which gives an eerie atmosphere –  a selection of old science equipment that were used for studies and a few odd bits and pieces. Call me greedy, but I wish this section was bigger.

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For €8 entry, it’s not expensive – what is an expensive museum entry? Is €8 cheap? I think it’s cheap – I won’t visit again though.

On the upside, we were done a lot earlier than planned so we spent a few hours in Ghent wandering and gander-ing at things.

Have you been to something similar? Would you go to something similar?

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Photo An Hour || 26.09.2015

Life as unusuals photo an hour exploring local belgium oud heverlee

I must come up with more witty introductions for these types of blog post. For now, it’s just a plain old sentence.

Life as unusuals photo an hour breakfast

11am

I was awake at 10! Well, 10:20am. Maybe 10:30am. My bed is just so comfortable.

Starting the day with a cup of tea in my PJs as usual.

12pm

Time for breakfast. A bit of cereal and orange juice.

I love this cereal, it’s the chocolate Country Crisp granola one, it goes really nicely with soy milk and an extra sprinkling of raisins. Just incase you ever wanted to know my cereal preference.

Life as unusuals photo an hour bike sky

1pm

Off for a bike ride.

Since Kris wanted to join in an online coding challenge this evening – what a nerd – we thought we’d do some local exploring and ride our bikes to Oud Heverlee, a.k.a half an hour down the road.

2pm

A quick snap of the sky whilst we try to work out how to get to the lake that we can see through the trees.

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3pm

After turning around four times, reaching two dead ends, a housing area and then almost getting stuck in the mud, we came across a little bird watching hut. There was a ledge just under the window so we climbed out onto it to eat our lunch and watch the birds.

Perfect.

4pm

Heading home.

Tried to take a shortcut. Didn’t work, had to turn around and go back the way we came. Should have taken a scarf with me.

Life as unusuals photo an hour smoothie grasshopper

5pm

Smoothie time! Totally unrelated to this post, but I bought this smoothie bottle the other week – it’s actually an accessory to a smoothie blender that I don’t have – and it’s so handy having something you can carry your smoothie in.

I’ve been taking my breakfast smoothie to work all week like the pretentious nob I am. I might go make another smoothie, now that I mention it. I think another peanut butter, banana and chocolate one.

6pm

Importing some of day’s photos to my laptop. Here’s a picture of a picture of a grasshopper. He’s cool.

Life as unusuals photo an hour plans vegan dinner

7pm

Making lists in my bullet journal.

9pm

Dinner was running late so my final photo of the day was delayed. Corn on the cob, taters and veggies. Nom.

And that is Saturday done and dusted. How was your Saturday?

Linking up with Jane and Louisa as always! 

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Photo Snapshots || PukkelPop 2015

life as unusuals a weekend at pukkelpop 2015

Have these photos been sitting on my computer for ages? Yup. I like to let the photos mature a little before sharing them.

I also have my dinner in the oven and I want to write this post before it’s ready, in half an hour. Mmm sweet potatoes.

I’m guessing that festival season has come to an end now, has it? I think, after giving it a shot this summer, our festival season has come to an end too, for good.

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Dramatic much.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the live music but that’s probably the only thing I love about festivals. That and the train ride, because who doesn’t love trains. Some people I guess. Can’t say I’m really a fan of the camping, the choice of food, the price of said food, the drunken people (who stroke my tattoos and touch my hair), staying up stupidly late and just not getting any sleep at all. Oh and don’t forget the toilets. They are rank.

Not sure I want to deal with all these just to enjoy my favourite bands or even new bands that I might not have heard of before. Saying that, it’s sometimes a little hard to enjoy even your favourite band when some douche is puffing smoke into my oxygen and sharing their body odour with me. Not cool.

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I’ll think I’ll stick to concerts from now on. The crowds seem to be slightly less rowdy, drunk and inappropriately touchy.

So, to celebrate (nothing) here’s some little snippets from our time at PukkelPop Festival mid-august sometime.

The one and only redeeming thing this festival had to offer was that I got to see Twenty One Pilots Perform and they were ace as always. I can’t wait to see them in concert in November!

I say this, but we had a pretty ace time at PinkPop festival this year, so once the lineups are announced next year, I might change my mind.

Are you moaning and groaning Kerri? Maybe a tad.

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And now it’s time for tea. Sweet potatoes, nom. What have you got for tea tonight?

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