Brusselsestraat 110-112, Leuven, 3000, Belgium
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Lesbian in Leuven- help
I'm a 27 years old lesbian , new in Leuven -Belgium.
1. Are there any places for lesbian from my age in leuven - PUB'S,Cafe....?
(don't send me to www.driekant.be and the others,everything is in dutch!!)
and if there are, please write me the address.
2. Is there a big gay\lesbian community here in Leuven?
Re: Lesbian in Leuven- help
Well of course local sites on local resources are in the local language (or do they do things differently where you come from?)! This is in English but I'm afraid the sites it refers you to will also be in Dutch: http://dv-8.com/resources/belgium/index1.html
You could put an ad on www.xpats.com which is for English-speaking foreigners in Belgium.
Travel Tips for Leuven
Leuven is infested with the presence of InBev (formerly Interbrew), the notorious firm that has been buying breweries in all of Europe, often just to close them and replacing their beers by inferior ones, for a few decades now. The picture only shows a small part of their complex in Leuven, and although it looks impressive be warned that this firm is not a friendly one, and is extremely low on ethics. Thousands of people lost their jobs due to them. Old traditional beers are disappearing, thanks to InBev and predecessors. Many breweries were closed by Interbrew, some of which had been in business for centuries and were doing perfectly fine. If you don't want to support this, brands to stay away from are Hoegaarden, Leffe, Jupiler and Bellevue, to name just the most important. For all of these beers alternatives can be found which are often far superior. Even in Leuven there are alternatives. Read on.
Students rented rooms at a house and the lady of the house used to be a bit like their second mother: looking after them that they got food and that they were learning.
Nowadays students are independent but because it is still so typical, a statue was made to honour "de kotmadam".
This bench is standing on the Oude Markt.
It is however difficult to find it empty `-)
Marktrock might be the most famous event in Leuven, it is certainly not the only one. Of course its a must for every selfrespecting student who is not traveling around (another side of) the world. Marktrock is a yearly festival organized in the historical centre of the city. You'll find more about the programm of this year on the website.
Jef Lambeaux has roots here
The man who sculpted Brabo fountain on Antwerp's Grote Markt and some pieces in Brussels' Petit Sablon area (Kleine Zavel) has roots in Leuven, dixit our voluble guide at City Hall.
Yes, some of his works are in the entrance hall of the Louvain's City Hall.
The most famous ones are his fountain in Antwerp (1886), Robbing the Eagles Eyrie (1890), Drunkenness (1893), The Triumph of Woman, The Bitten Faun (seemingly created a great stir at the Exposition Universelle at Liege in 1905).. and...
Of course, the Human Passions, the colossal marble haut-relief in a forbidden pavillion in Brussels (not open for public, require reservation to go there). The pavillion had only some days (less than a week) of opening then got closed. Lambeaux 's work was considered as pornography (check website for pics). Some authorities estimated it as pornography..
Ironically, it is reported to be his greatest work: Lambeaux 's haut-relief in a Horta design pavillion. They carefully designed the relief and the room to give Lambeaux 's work a full exposure to light. Oh well. I wouldn't even call it soft porn... See for yourself.
He also designed numerous busts, including the one of Hendrik Conscience in Antwerp (Sint Andrieskwartier, I think). The one of Charles Buls, the burgomaster of Brussels ("Place Agora" or Rue Marché-aux-herbes).
Bring comfortable shoes for walking. There's no point in driving a car into the city - you can easily do everything on foot. Just bear in mind there are many cobbled streets in Leuven, so if you want to venture off the beaten path a bit, your feet will kill you at the end of the day unless you wear something suitable, like sneakers.
The weather, unfortunately, is highly unpredictable here - like in most places with a moderate sea climate. We do have an occasional heat wave during the summer or snow during January/February, but not for extended periods. Most of the time, the weather here is cloudy but mild and enjoyable. However, keep in mind it does rain fairly often and it can get chilly in the evening, even during spring/summer.
To be on the safe side, it's best to always take an extra sweater with you if you plan to spend several hours walking around the city. An umbrella might come in handy, as well - but when it rains it's usually not for hours on end - it's not *that* terrible :)
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