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In this section, you'll find every article we've published on CheeseWeb in chronological order, starting with our most recent posts. If you're looking for articles on a specific travel destination, see our Slow Travel section.

Visiting the doctor is not generally my favorite way to pass the time, but when you have to deal with the medical system in a new country, it can be even more intimidating. I always used to be a pretty healthy person; I never even had the typical kid sicknesses...
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"So … what exactly do you do all day?" This is a question I am asked frequently, in one form or another by friends and family, Belgian friends and by fellow expats. However, it's a difficult question to answer, because I understand the implications behind it. In North America, we...
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For most expats, air travel is a necessary evil. Over the past few years, I've gotten pretty used to flying and I have no problem with short haul flights. Crossing the Atlantic however, leaves a lot to be desired. I've just returned from the two-week marathon visit to Canada. The...
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Some days it feels like Andrew and I are mummified in red tape; and I mean really sticky tape of the Duct Tape variety. It seems that no matter how many hoops we jump through to please the Belgian government officials, there is always one more hoop on the horizon....
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Andrew and I are taking Dutch lessons. I alter between thinking this is a noble way to integrate more fully into our community and considering it a totally masochistic endeavor. Neither of us are strangers to learning languages. Being brought up in Canada's bilingual province, New Brunswick, it was considered...
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Living in Europe has shaped some profound changes in my lifestyle. One of the most significant is how I view food. Gone are the microwave meals and fast food mega-combos. I'm exposed to produce I've never even seen before and I consider the dining process much differently than I once...
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I'm not sure if I will ever get used to Belgian rain. I always thought that rain was... well, rain - water falling from the sky. Belgian rain has a totally different consistency than Canadian rain, or at least the Maritime rain that I am used to. In fact, Belgium...
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Andrew and I are attempting to reinstate the Sunday Mystery Drive (or SMD). What is the SMD you ask? It's one part exploration, lots of wandering, a bit of curiosity and usually, slightly lost. Every Sunday, we hop in the car. We take turns choosing our destination. Sometimes it's specific;...
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One of the truly special things about living in a foreign country is the people I've met. Sure, I've met some interesting people when I was vacationing in different places, but the opportunities for meeting people are much more frequent and interesting when you are an expat. It's true that...
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