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How Beer is made – Tour of De Halve Maan Brewery

Posted by on October 29th, 2012 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Food | 11 comments

 Not all chemicals are bad.  Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer. Dave Barry I’d like to say that I’ve always loved beer, but lets be honest here, it took me years to get used to the taste after I first tired it. But I persisted and after countless bottles I finally started enjoying. And then I moved to England and found out that there are other beers besides lagers, beers that had taste and charisma. But still, I have known shamefully little of how beer is actually made. So it was time to fix that and go visit a brewery to see how it’s actually done; and what better brewery to choose than the De Halve Maan (the half moon) brewery in Bruges...

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Weekend Raid to Belgium

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe | 12 comments

On a cold October morning we gathered troops from all over England. The morning mist still hung in the air as we made our way towards south, towards the coast. We were cold, but the fresh air felt vigorating in our lungs; it was time for a good old fashioned Viking raid to Belgium. From the white cliffs of Dover we launched our ships on the treacherous waters of the English canal. We had planned on landing in Dunkirk, but the sea is a harsh and unpredictable mistress and instead she took us to Calais. A slight setback, but it made no difference; it merely brought the Belgians an extra hour to set up their defences. We rode towards Ghent, which maybe isn’t quite as famous as Bruges, Antwerp or Brussels, but ye should not overlook this old and...

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The 39th Cambridge Beer Festival

Posted by on May 27th, 2012 in England, Europe, Food | 16 comments

The 39th Cambridge Beer Festival pint glass Sunshine, good beer and friends; there is not much more you can ask from a day out, which is why I headed to the 39th Cambridge Beer Festival in umm Cambridge. And if there were rumours of a barbecue afterwards, well that’s even better. We took the train from London to Cambridge which is only some 50 miles north of London; where we then met up with another friend and then headed on to Jesus Green Park where the festival has been held since 2001. And then we waited. Queueing to the Cambridge Beer Festival in Jesus Green Park We arrived a bit early, so there was still 15 minutes before they opened the gates. It’s good to arrive early if you want to get a good place. And once the gates...

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Alleys of Saigon

Posted by on July 30th, 2011 in Asia, Photos, Vietnam | 2 comments

This is what it's all about in Vietnam, the war, well, not really Saigon* airport, no visa, no return flight, not a great combination at least according to the Immigration officer, who didn’t seem too impressed by our lack of visas. Still going with my rule of not planning too much ahead, we had booked our flights to Saigon from Singapore two days earlier, when he had done our research into visas for Vietnam. Turns out almost everybody needs to apply for a visa before entering the country. Unless you are Scandinavian, then for whatever reason, you can get a 15 day entry permit upon arrival, which is what we were planning on taking advantage of. However, apparently according to rules, which we had been unable to find anywhere, you need to have a forward flight to take advantage...

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