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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Living the Dream, First Impressions

 

I had been in awe at the beauty of Fall and the amazing color palette from the first glimpse I got the minute the pilot took the plane down. The intensity of the reds, the orange and yellow colors on the trees was something we seldom get to see in Belgium. And then there was this dramatic cloudy sky to make the painting complete, even every day traffic looks attractive in a scenery like this  … well at least, that’s how I saw it. “Look at those colors” was all I could say while I made my first attempts at “car photography”.  Traffic had never looked better to me.

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Hunting Peterbilts and other big trucks with my camera became a new challenge right there and then. This was my first “lucky” shot but there would be many more in the  following weeks. I think I should make a post out of my best shots, hmm?

Melli, home

We got home in time for supper. Dennis brought my suitcase up and gave me “the tour” of the house while Melli made corn bread to go with the delicious Chili she had made in advance. 
Sharing a meal with the whole family in Melli’s cozy kitchen felt heartwarming and welcoming.

Shops and malls are open till very late in America so after supper we drove up to the mall to buy a “go”  phone. The mall was an hour’s drive away, THAT again is something very weird for a European. Distances are so much vaster.
We arrived fifteen minutes before closing time, hardly enough time and much too tired to make the best choice for a cell phone, but we got what we needed to get me connected to the rest of the world.
At least, for now…

12 comments:

kaye said...

I love seeing America through your eyes.

LceeL said...

I love your fascination with American Trucks - and as for distances - yes - Americans do more travleing in a day than most Europeans do (by car, anyway) in a week.

Lilacspecs said...

Told you the leaves are better!

Maribeth said...

Great pictures!!!

Collette said...

I love your comments & pictures. It is amazing how you see things so differently of things we take for granted everyday.

Wanda said...

Your thoughts are as interesting as your photos Jientje!

moneythoughts said...

Land of the big Trucks could be your title for a series of photos about our big trucks. Yes, I enjoy reading your commentary on America, and I am interested what you think of the food we eat. Especially the food in restaurants.

Betty said...

It´s like I get a free trip to the US! I love reading about your impressions, because they are so similar to what would impress me too (me being from out of country too). So I can´t wait to hear/read more! Love the traffic shot with the colored trees!

Dr.John said...

It's like seeing a different country.

Loree said...

Love to see America through your eyes. We all find different things appealing. And having a blog makes me keep my eyes open much more.

Jacki said...

Yes, you are right about distances here in the US! For us it is nothing to drive an hour just to eat dinner. That is something Peter is still not very used to yet.

Brenda said...

Had you ever eaten chili before? So yummy! Looks like Melli is a good cook. Love the colors in these pictures.

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