Friday, June 09, 2006

Brussels-bound

I'm off to Brussels today ... sunshine, blue skies and some pollution.

When I first arrived here, I asked Gert about pollution ... having just left Istanbul, where pollution was as stunning as big city pollution anywhere and then some.

He assured me that Belgium had done all that she could to lower pollution levels and meet greenhouse gas emission cutback requirements.

I was impressed however he did fail to mention that we are situated on the crossroads of Europe ... that one of the busiest sections of road over here has 120,000 vehicles pass through it daily.

Sitting here now, windows open, I can hear what would be the sound of the sea back home in New Zealand ... in actuality it's one of the motorways away in the distance.

It's a different life but not such a bad life really.

9 comments:

Manic said...

And don't you just love what they call countryside :). The countryside is more pollute then the cities. Traffic is indeed very busy here in Belgium. But what you want with all those French men going to the Netherlands to get some cheap and legal weed. With all thse Dutch men trying to travel with their caravan to the French sun and with all those Eastern Europeans moving our goods -and I'm not only speaking about the things they stole. :) Gosh, I just love clichés.

George said...

Will we be receiving a play-by-play update of the Brussels trip? I'm crossing my fingers. Ouch!

Stumbled across this image today, ostensibly illustrating the notorious Lady Di. Will it make you blush even more to confirm?

George said...

Will we be receiving a play-by-play update of the Brussels trip? I'm crossing my fingers. Ouch!

Stumbled across this image today, ostensibly illustrating the notorious Lady Di. Will it make you blush even more to confirm?

woman wandering said...

Ahhh manic ... you have to check out New Zealand.

And the French and the Dutch haven't created too many problems for us well ... actually, the French did come down and test all their nuclear bombs in the South Pacific and they did blow up a Greenpeace ship and kill a photographer but otherwise ... Kiwis grow their own weed and make movies about it called 'Scarfies'

Hey George, more laughter than blushing ... just as I thought Sal's post had slipped out of sight on his blog, there it is again ... dank u wel ;)

Manic said...

I would love to check out New Zealand. But who's going to pay and who's going to show me the country?

woman wandering said...

Well manic ... I think you could work over the summer for the massive airfare then I'll write your itinery :)

Manic said...

I kinda was hoping you would pay and take me. Guess New Zealand can wait, maybe I'll visit Old Zealand, better known as the south of the Netherlands. :(

woman wandering said...

dear manic ... i barely remember what my own money looks like lol, i've been an in-process immigrant, without income, for almost a year now.

old zeeland's not bad but you do have to go to the great lttle land downunder ... it's truly stunning. ;)

Manic said...

I heard they got these Orks there, and a Shire. I want to see those. Yet I am a bit scared of this dude with a beard calling himself Jackson. I think he's Michael Jackson in disguise.

A bunch of sheep fill the land and these cool birds, kiwi's. Heard you got those awful parrots who bite everything to pieces. Guys wearing Hawaian outfits, those skirts, do funny dances.

So guess I'm bound to end up at that place, someday!