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Comment Re:come to Belgium (Score 1) 1359

I am Belgian and I lived there for over 20 years (mostly as a kid and student but I worked there for a few months too). I have been living in the UK for over a year now.

> i man was fined lately for eating something
> while he waiting on a red light in his car

I would be curious to see that. Any reference? My best guess is that he was fined because he wasn't really in control of his car (red light or not).

> Also , English is a third language here.

Since when? Official languages in Belgium are French, Dutch and German (all "localized" to varying extend compared to the original version). Most things available in the three languages are also available in English for foreigners' convenience but English is not an official language (yet?) AFAIK. However, most Belgian kids are taught English as a second language in school (at the loss of the two other national languages that are not their native one).

While I stopped bothering with politics long ago, I have the feeling Belgium is still relatively free only because all politics just keep fighting without ever reaching a proper consensus to be able to make things moving (in good or bad).

Some things that are different from the UK in my experience (some are good, some are bad):
- people smoke in bars;
- you can find bars open until the wee hours of the morning, no need to go clubbing or whatever;
- taxes are higher;
- public transportation is much cheaper;
- accommodations (and general cost of life) is much cheaper;
- salary is a bit lower;
- proper food and beer (less of a junk food culture);
- girls generally dress and act less slutty (and are less fat, see above);
- there aren't five CCTV camera pointed at you constantly;
- written press is generally less sensationalist (even if you just compare tabloids).

Comment Re:I'd Rather Drive or Take the Train (Score 1) 408

Why do you think that the planes are cheaper?

I am tempted to attribute this to the fact there is a single monopolistic train company in about every European country while the airline business is more competitive. Not every plane is cheaper than the train. This mostly only holds if you compare low cost airlines to train. You can usually chose your airline, not your train company.

Comment Re:Young and already jaded and tired of flying. (Score 1) 408

In Europe I can't fly with my customary litre of water

That's not exactly true. You can go through security with an empty bottle and fill it up in the bathroom before boarding (or buy one of course). I do that all the time and I have not been arrested as a terrorist yet. Air travel is a pain but there are workarounds for some of the annoyances.

Comment Re:I'd Rather Drive or Take the Train (Score 2, Informative) 408

I take trains routinely in Belgium and UK, occasionally in France. In my experience, UK trains (in England, around London anyway) are on time much more often than in Belgium and France. They are also more frequent, comfortable and much more expensive. I also fly around Europe relatively frequently (I voted 6-10) and, still in my experience, plane is cheaper than train for about any distance over around 500 km.

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