People here greet each other with a handshake and 'Salut' (Hello) or 'Bonjour' (Good day). Close friends may greet each other with 3 light kisses on the cheek, although it's more like kissing the air while touching cheeks.
Only friends and relatives are greeted by 1st names.
When leaving a small group, people usually shake hands with everyone individually.
People here enjoy inviting relatives and close friends to their homes. The café or restaurant gatherings are also common.
A couple of kilometres from Marche, there's a popular picnic area with all kinds of sports and recreation facilities.
Here you can go swimming, play golf, beach volleyball...Or you can just take a walk or relax on the benches or grass.
There are also restaurants with tasty food.
I spent 16 amazing days in a work camp with 12 other people from different parts of the world: Masha (Russia), Lina (Germany), Ami (Japan), Eva (Spain), Jana (Slovakia), Laura (Italy), Berta (Spain), Martin (Czech Republic), Taiki (Japan), Jun (Korea), Jordi (Spain) and Jean-Alexandre (Quebec). And, of course, there were our hosts Gilles (our camp leader), Phillip, Quentin, Joseph, Jean-Claude and Alain (our technical support).
All that time we lived like a happy family. And they all made this summer unforgettable!
Our work envolved the creation of rest areas for ramblers (construction of barbecue areas, benches and shelters).
Since noone has ever done anything like that before, we were all very proud when the work was finished successfully.
We worked from 9 a.m. (read 10 a.m.!) till 5 p.m. with a longer lunch-break round 12.
In the evening we had some specialties made by the 2 volunteers that stayed at home to prepare the dinner for that day. So we tried Belgian mussels, Spanish omelettes, Japanese sushi and Serbian beans (pasulj).
Afterwards, we usually went out, to a pub or a party. We also made trips to La Roche-en-Ardenne, Durbuy and Hotton. And, let's not forget the pleasant horse-ride through the peaceful surroundings of the Ardenne forests.
We had weekends off, and then we visited Brussels, Brugge, Gent, Antwerp, Namur and Liège.
At the end of the work camp, there was a big party in our honour. There were a lot of officials and reporters. But the best things were that we saw our names engraved into golden plates that were put on the walls of our shelters and we were presented with scarves, part of the traditional costume!