Profession: Social worker
I LIKE MY CITY BECAUSE …
it is one of those mini-cities where you can find everything that makes a city: culture, delicious food, modern and historic architecture and a lively fashion scene.
BEST TIME FOR A VISIT
You can come here all year round, but spring and summer are best to enjoy the numerous outdoor terraces for a meal or drink. This is only topped by “De zomer van Antwerpen”, a festival with theatre, concerts and street circus at very unusual locations.
“Puur Personal Cooking” (Edward Pecherstraat 51) is a tiny restaurant with seven small tables, where the owner himself is chef and waiter. In “L’épiceriè du Cirque” (Leopold de Waelstraat 7) herbs are a main ingredient – a real culinary discovery at affordable prices. Make sure you make a reservation at both restaurants well in advance!
The “Rubzz Industrial Bar” (Geulinckxstraat 28) offers good music and a predominantly young and mixed clientele. Leather lovers get their money’s worth in the cruising bar.
Check online for the present temporary location of Rubzz bar.
The best known and most popular dance club is “Red & Blue Club” (Lange Schipperskapelstraat 11-13) – open on Saturdays.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The pedestrian tunnel under the Schelde. An old-fashioned wooden escalator leads into a beige-yellow hall from where you can walk or cycle underneath the river to the other side of the city (“The left bank”). Carry on to the beach of St. Anneke, from where you have a great view of the Antwerp skyline.
MY INSIDER TIP
On a hot and humid summer’s evening, put a bottle of wine and a few glasses in your backpack and walk in direction of the seafaring school (Noordkasteel-Oost 6). You have a fantastic view from the dike and you can even have a barbecue there while enjoying the sunset.
The pride season is here! With the Belgian Pride in Brussels, the first European capital celebrated the first LGBT-Pride this year.
It is a landmark decision: Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.
And the winner is… Janjep Carlos from the Philippines! In a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, Janjep Carlos was named Mr Gay World 2019.
Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, stated that his country does not intend to execute the death penalty for homosexuals. The statement was translated into English – an unusual procedure in Brunei. Does this indicate that Bolkiah‘s announcement is in answer to worldwide protests?
US preacher Steven Anderson is considered a denier of Holocaust, anti-LGBT extremist and Islamophobe. He plans a European tour in May 2019.Dutch security minister Mark Harbers states that measures have been taken to prevent Anderson from entering the Netherlands
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro underlines his position as a homophobe once again. During a breakfast meeting with press representatives he declared he doesn’t want Brazil to become a paradise for gay tourists. Sex tourism – no problem for Bolsonaro as long as the tourists are heterosexual. Bolsanaro’s justification: “We have families”.