We were both waiting in line to renew our bus passes. He was dragging a large suitcase, and I suggested he put it up front by the window where he could still see it. “Good idea,” he grinned.

“Are you from Liege?” I asked.
“I’m a student here, but I’m a world traveler. This is my 21st house.”
“What was the best place you lived?”
“I spent 6 months on an island off Tahiti, called Moorea. It was beautiful, but pretty boring.” 
“So what do you study?”
“I’m studying physics in order to become a pilot. It’s my dream to fly all over the world. But my dream could change at any time.”

“By the way, why do you have a suitcase with you?”
“Oh, it’s full of food.”
“Yeah, I just went grocery shopping.”



BEAUTY AT ANY AGE~ My Date with Fashion

I went to a birthday lunch this week, invited by an artist and fashionista that I met several weeks ago. She looked smashing, just as I knew she would, so I was glad I had gotten all dressed up to meet her.

I brought a gift (a scarf) and she was confused. We hardly knew each other, and so I felt sorry that I had put her in such an uncomfortable position. Lesson learned. I thought I should return the favor of being invited to lunch, but I should have known better.

I lived in Korea for 12 years, and one thing I saw again and again was how people never let themselves get indebted. When they come to visit, they always bring something: flowers, food, anything! And when they feel they have received something good, even if they have paid for it dearly, they insist on giving an offering of some kind. They can feel free in their minds that they owe nothing.

I’m sorry and hope that Diane does not feel in any way indebted because I gave her a scarf to celebrate her birthday. I could say that in my mind she represents all the beautiful women of Liege, and it was in that spirit that the gift was given. She owes me nothing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Madame! 🙂

She loved my wig, and told me that the next time we meet, she’ll be wearing one too, and I should have another one!

I think I might have met my match 🙂 

Photo on 2013-10-03 at 11.10

STREET MEETS in Liege ~ Lady Liberty!

The weather was unbelievable again today, so I took another long walk through Liege. Sitting at an outdoor cafe to bask in the sun, I saw that the young woman at the table next to me also had a pen and paper and seemed to be writing more than a shopping list.

“What are you writing?”
“It’s a novel.”
“Wow! What’s it about?”
“Are you interested in spirituality and personal development?” she asked.
“Of course.”
“Well, that’s what I’m writing about. I don’t think things happen by accident. I mean, yesterday I was reading the story of the Statue of Liberty, and today I meet you ~ Lady Liberty!”


OUT and ABOUT in Liege

At the pub...

At the pub…

The old Post Office Converted to an open air pub every Sunday.

The old Post Office Converted to an open air pub every Sunday.

I’m feeling pretty excited about our walk about town. There’s always so much to discover! Let me show you around 🙂
The old post office

The old post office


Me with the River Meuse behind….love this bridge view.

A street festival!

A street festival!

We followed the sound of drumming and came upon a lovely street festival. The drums and dancing reminded me of Korea.

Street Art ~ just around the corner

Street Art ~ just around the corner

The thrift store has my size shoes!

The thrift store has my size shoes!

Bridal Fashion

Bridal Fashion

BELGIUM~ Land of Comics (A STREET MEET of Sorts)

When I arrived in Belgium, I finally understood my husband’s love of comic strips.

With 700+ professional comics creators, Belgium is the country with the most comic artists per km2. It would be hard to find a Belgian who does’t have an entire collection of comic books stored somewhere in their house. They save them for nostaglia’s sake, and to re-read once or twice, and who knows~ those old books might be worth a fortune one of these days.


So, today we were getting off the train in Brussels and who should we meet? Tin Tin and his wonder dog. They were on the run and didn’t have time to stop or chat, but they didn’t mind us taking a picture.


I decided that I need to start taking pictures of people wearing their scarves beautifully, and Pauline was my FIRST subject. I met her at the hospital: I was waiting for my reports and she was waiting for her mother. Her scarf caught my eye, and the way she was wearing it made me turn around and ask her for a photo. Here it is~ Thank you, Pauline 🙂

Pauline is Beautiful in her gray scarf!

Pauline is Beautiful in her gray scarf!

My second scarf photo was taken in Brussels. My subject was a young woman from Holland who is teaching Dutch in Brussels. I was grateful to her for showing me how to get from the tram to the Metro. I loved the fact that she was wearing such a brilliant color around her neck~ it made me happy just to look at it. She said her name just as we were about to part, and I can’t remember it now, so I really hope she puts a comment on this page so I can thank her!

We went to Brussels again by train, and I spotted these two young women on the platform waiting with us for the train. They were very friendly and agreed to a question and a photo:
“What’s the most inspiring thing happening in your lives these days?” I asked.
“We love our studies. She’s in dentistry and I’m a medical student.”
“Wow. Are you both from Liege?”
“No. We’re from the south of France.”
“I keep meeting students from France here.”
“Yes. It’s cheaper, and it’s easier to get in.”

French students studying in Liege

French students studying in Liege

The platform was really crowded. It looked like everybody in Liege was going to Brussels at the same time. I had just enough time to talk to two more young women who were both wearing beautiful scarves.

“Hi! What’s the most inspiring thing that’s happening in your life right now?”
She didn’t speak English all that well, so her boyfriend translated for her (he’s not in the picture). “She’s with WIRELESS. They’re on their way to Istanbul. It’s a kind of a cultural thing.”
“Could I get your friend’s picture too?”

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the program on the internet. I’ll have to ask better clarification questions next time!


Last but not least:
My husband and I were lucky to find two seats together on the train. We found ourselves sitting next to a couple from Chechnya. I was immediately attracted by the way she was wearing her scarf. It was wrapped around her head, and reminded me of the Vermeer painting, Girl with the Pearl Earring ~ mysterious, and ultra feminine.
“What do you like best about being in Belgium?”
“You can smile more here. You can feel more free.
Life is harder, and people are more serious in Chechnya.”

Polka-dots at a street festival....

Polka-dots at a street festival….

Men in Liege like to wear scarves too.

Men in Liege like to wear scarves too.


I am becoming a scarf person.
I love the splash of color a scarf provides, and of course, it’s a perfect way to keep your neck warm and toasty when the air gets cool and fall breezes greet you at every turn.

However, it’s a fashion change that takes some time to perfect. So right now I’m in the observation stage. Looking at how other women (and men) are doing it gives me more confidence.
So, I’m going to take more pictures of people in scarves.

My newest scarf  ~ 4 Euros at PRIMARK

My newest scarf ~ 4 Euros at PRIMARK

Rocking the head scarf with COLOR and STYLE

Rocking the head scarf with COLOR and STYLE

I really love the long dress and gorgeous head scarf above. This woman is rocking this look big-time 🙂

My friends and I are still in the process of learning how to wear scarves and look great in them.
If you too want to add a scarf to your look this fall, but you’re not sure how to wear it, click on the link below and check out an amazing instructional video. It has all the styles you probably need. Good luck! 🙂 <