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Inspiring Women February 2023

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What was your own favorite activity/event<br />

last year and why?<br />

My favorite activity would be the pillow parties,<br />

the name that we call the meetings when we<br />

gather to make the heart pillows. We kept this<br />

group going throughout the pandemic, working<br />

in stages remotely from each other. The best<br />

event last year was the first time when we could<br />

get together in person, not only making pillows,<br />

but also enjoying the company of each other.<br />

But also the Christmas lunch! To see so many<br />

members, all dressed up, was wonderful.<br />

Christmas lunch (far left)<br />

Visiting KMSKA - Royal Museum of Fine Arts (left)<br />

Harbor House, designed by Zaha Hadid (above)<br />

Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) (right)<br />

Tell us a little about Antwerp and Brussels.<br />

Belgium is a small country almost in the middle<br />

of western Europe. It unexpectedly became the<br />

home of our family almost 19 years ago, and<br />

now it is truly home. Our children completed<br />

their school and university studies here, and<br />

both are working in Belgium.<br />

Antwerp is one of the hidden gems of Europe,<br />

a must-see when you travel through Europe.<br />

Are there any undiscovered gems in your city<br />

and or country?<br />

There are five magnificent churches in a small<br />

radius in the Antwerp city center, perhaps too<br />

many to visit in one day, but all very worthwhile<br />

to see. And the newly restored Royal Museum<br />

of Fine Arts Antwerp, or affectionately known<br />

as the KMSKA, is another must visit! If you’re<br />

interested in architecture, don’t forget a visit to<br />

the Harbor House or the MAS (Museum aan<br />

de Stroom).<br />

Are there any unusual/interesting<br />

traditions or traits of the locals?<br />

The dialects! Every town or city has its<br />

own dialect, difficult to understand for<br />

locals, and impossible for people with<br />

limited understanding of Dutch.<br />

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