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Simon Says
Married with children, British nationality, live in Brussels, in steady employment. I like mornings, toast with lots of butter, and staring out of windows.
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  • 24 hours in Dubai 6 days ago I’d never really been interested in going to Dubai. The idea of a desert filled with ostentatious skyscrapers and blingy luxury hotels didn’t excite me. Then again, since we were passing through on our way from Sri Lanka back to Belgium we figured we may as well give it a look, if only to break...
  • Brussels Toy Museum 1 week ago Last weekend we paid a brief visit to Brussels toy museum with our smallest child. A couple of years ago we went to the one in Mechelen which is a lot bigger and has a wider range of stuff on display, but the Brussels version has its own charm. It’s chaotic and dusty and haphazard, […]
  • Sri Lankan fauna 1 week ago They had some animals in Sri Lanka. Some you might expect (elephants, monkeys); some you might not. There are wild dogs everywhere. Mostly pretty mangy and sad-looking. Not especially dangerous or aggressive, although a few of them did persistently follow us up and down the beach one evening. Yes,...
  • Sri Lankan flora 2 weeks ago I saw some pretty plants and flowers in Sri Lanka. Some in the temples: Some in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy: Some in Brief Garden, a private residence near Aluthgama whose grounds are open to visitors. This was my favourite. Apparently it’s called a Black Bat Flower. And some we saw on...
  • An island full of Buddhas 2 weeks ago Before going to Sri Lanka I knew it was 75% Buddhist, but that still didn’t prepare me for the profusion and size of Buddha statues you find all across the country. Our tour included stops at several temples and archaeological sites, so we got to see a wide variety of them. Perhaps because of the...

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