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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,a grandmothe and 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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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Something, A Little Piece of my World ...

NicoleB has asked to share a little piece of my world. I have chosen a picture of this old house in Bruges, because there is a history to that house.
When I was seventeen, I used to work there. It used to be an old fashioned grocery store, owned by a (very grumpy) old man and his wife. It was the little shop everybody in the neighbourhood frequented for little daily needs. They used to sell almost everything, from bread to coffee or tea, cheese, tobacco, wine and liquor ... even toothpaste and shower gel! I have worked there for three months, it was my first "real" job. On Fridays they invited me upstairs for a bowl of old fashioned homemade buttermilk soup the lady of the house had prepared. And I remember once cutting my finger so bad, it would not stop bleeding, and the boss had to take me to the hospital.

Three months later when the whole shop was reorganized and cleaned, their son came back from Canada and they had no further use for me, so they fired me. Only then I discovered they had never legally nor officially hired me!


Nicole said...

What a story!
Thanks for sharing and I added it to the little "show off your world" game :)

Melli said...

I love your story! And I love that little nitch on the building with the statue in it...

Avril said...

Lovely quaint building and story to go with it!!
Just seen your comment on our Ireland holiday - am sooo excited! As you may know I haven't been anywhere compared to hubby!
Which camera to take is the question? I have my little one that fits in my bag which takes very good photos. Then there's the bigger one - also point and click but zoom is better (Panasonic Lumix 12x something or other) I am not clued up on cameras! Hubby has a Canon something or other (same model as my daughter Jeanette) but doesn't 'practice' enough to get 'good' photos. These Ireland photos were taken with the Lumix. Will have to be the toss of a coin as to which one to take - we don't want to carry lots of camera bags etc !!!

Ballerina Girl said...

What a beautiful blog! Thanks for stopping by mine...
do you mind if I add you to my list?!


quilly said...

What lovely people! (Not.) But I bet you made sure all your papers were in order for your next job!

Libby's Library said...

Post more...I would love to see where you shop now..for food, clothes, etc. How about a shot from your front door...looking down your street from both directions. OMGosh - I sound like a stalker..but your "world" is so much more beautiful that mine!

Eve said...

You're beautiful pictures are not loading for me today. Dang! I'd like to see this old building.

Anonymous said...

What a fascinating story. Fabulous picture as well :)

Dr.John said...

Interesting old building. How could you be fired if you were never hired?

Unknown said...

Looks like a great building to have a first job. Too bad the guy was grumpy and that they hadn't hired you legally.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Ah the things people get away with when we are YOUNG!! I'll bet that wouldn't fly NOW! :)

Baron's Life said...

Great photography throughout your blog...just love it...so they fired you without hiring you...only in Belgium...

Jientje said...

@ Nicole: Thanks!
@ Melli: Yes, it's very pretty.I never noticed it when I worked there though.
@ Avril: I would take the Lumix and carry the point and shoot in your handbag. It never hurts to have a back up!! Oh and um ... keep away from ditches!
@ Ballerina girl: Nice meeting you!! Of course I don't mind!
@ Quilly: Oh yes, I did!
@ Libby: The view from my front door is not interesting at all!
@ Eve: I hope you can see them tomorrow then?
@ Thom: I don't know if it's fascinating, but it's a true story!
@ Dr John: Hmmm, yes, you've got a point there!
@ Lisa: It's prettier now then it was when I worked there.
@ Robynn: Damn right it wouldn't!
@ Baron's life: Thanks. Nice meeting you!

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Nice post, I enjoyed the story. Like Dr John, I can't figure out how one can be fired if they were really not hired.

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