December 10, 2006

Lucia

When you live in Brussels you can mix and match cultures on a whim, in much the same way as finding the right shoes to go with an outfit.

On today's menu was Swedish, mostly, with bits of British and Flemish thrown in. Highlight, though was the Swedish Lucia Concert in one of Brussels' palatial central churches.

The choral concert was charming, with the almost pagan-like procession of girls clad in white dresses holding candles, led by an older girl with a highly dangerous-looking crown with candles on. It was a great success, even if the Swedish presenter chose to speak French, English and Dutch but not a single *word* of Swedish to the mostly Swedish audience... typical!

In attendance was a large part of the Brussels Nordic community, as well as a number interpreters, translators, swedophiles and other hangers-on like yours truly.

And afterwards, we even managed to get invited to an after-party to drink copious amounts of Swedish Glögg (think mulled wine with cloves) and eat traditional gingerbread.

You would have to have a heart of stone not to find it all very romantic, somehow... but then, that's really why I came to Brussels in the first place I suppose...

Posted by Eurodan at December 10, 2006 8:20 PM
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hello! you've been very quiet on the blog front. i can't believe it's a year since we saw each other last. anyway, just saying hi and adding that em and me will be in hull dec 24-28, in case you're around. i'm still on the same uk mobile number.

Posted by: Matt (Bright) at December 11, 2006 10:33 AM
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