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Chasing The American Dream

March 10, 2008


I’m sure there are others, but here are a few things I like better in Belgium than the good ol’ USA. Most are food-related, of course.

· There’s no ‘rush, rush, rush’ when you go out to eat. Belgians believe in relaxing and enjoying the dining experience. Turning over of tables does not exist. Dinners last two hours. It’s a nice concept.
· Speaking of dinners, coffee is always served with a little treat. A cookie, a piece of chocolate. It’s a nice touch. Why don’t we do that?
· Smart cars are and smaller cars in general rule the road. They beat the heck out of those silly Hummers. Are our egos bigger such that we need bigger cars?
· Maybe we have to have stricter airport security here, but it’s nice not to have to take off your shoes, put your liquids in a clear plastic bag, and remove your laptop from your carry on bag. It sure makes the lines move faster.
· Airport prestige clubs are actually prestigious. It’s all self-serve and there is a great assortment of beer, wine, soda, and food. The Admirals Club in JFK had nothing but a bowl of pretzels and a bar that you had to order drinks. Lame.
· Sandwiches or broojes are served on crusty bread and not that soft square-shaped stuff.
· Mussels. They’re 10 times the size of the one’s you get here. Not sure why that’s the case.
· Chocolate. Duh.



  • Break over? Good to see you again!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:19 AM, March 10, 2008  

  • I like what you have noticed.....these small European things that make the difference. Makes me want to be there. And the EURO is up !

    By Blogger catsteevens, at 7:01 PM, March 12, 2008  

  • I totally agree with the airport lounges. Domestic ones SUCK! You are limited to hot tea (one kind), coffee and water. Whereas internationally, its not only open bar, but pour yourself!!!

    By Blogger Elle, at 2:14 PM, March 24, 2008  

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