Even though I am wandering through the Ukrainian Carpathians at the moment, I have not forgotten you, dear readers. If all goes according to our nearly nonexistent plan, the next few days will be spent hiking through bucolic villages, taking in the mountain scenery and hopefully eating well. This photo was taken just a couple weeks ago back in Belgium, in the midst of a very welcome heat wave. It got all the way up to 30 C (86 F)!… Read more »

Le Long-Né or Long Nose, if you don’t speak Wallon, was a fun group to watch. It took us a while to figure out what they were actually doing, and I found them a bit creepy at first since you can’t see their faces at all behind the masks. They run around in small groups, always in single file, and each must imitate whatever the first person in the group does. For example, they find an innocent bystander and shake… Read more »