misty ambiguity

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke




(EU Parliament, Elsene, Brussel)

NaBloPoMo 30 of 30


photography101: weekend two (play with light)

This is my response to the weekend “homework” on the WordPress Photo 101 course.

Today’s theme is “playing with light”.

I am thrilled by this challenge because for a while now I have snapped the sky through the window of my apartment and tweeted it…

So, with a few extra snaps from today, I have played with light to show you the sky over Elsene in the heart of Brussel.

Follow me on twitter @andytownend if you’d like to see the light keep changing 😉

Oh, and as a ps, if you hit refresh in your browser the image in the main circle will change…

NaBloPoMo 15 of 30 – photography101:weekend two



“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

― Maya Angelou

Here is what wikipedia has to say (with a google translation below)

“Matonge (uitgesproken [matɔŋge]?) is een wijk in de Brusselse gemeente Elsene. De wijk wordt soms ook wel “Klein Zaïre” genoemd.

De wijk is gelegen tussen de Waversesteenweg en de Elsensesteenweg, vlak onder de Kleine Ring nabij de Naamsepoort. De wijk is ontstaan doordat de studenten van Afrikaanse (voornamelijk Congolese) afkomst zich hier vestigden in de jaren 60, in de Maison Africaine (Afrikaans Huis, Maisaf). In de loop der jaren is de wijk een mengelmoes geworden van gegoede studenten en armere vluchtelingen en studenten. De lokale middenstand richt zich op Afrikaanse en Europese klanten.Matonge is ook een wijk in Kinshasa.”

“Matongé (pronounced [matɔŋge]?) Is a district in the Brussels municipality of Elsene. The district is also sometimes called “Little Zaire”.

The district is located between Waversesteenweg and Elsensesteenweg, just below the inner ring near the Porte de Namur. The district was created by students of African (mainly Congolese) origin who settled here in the 60’s, the Maison Africaine (African House, Maisaf). Over the years, the neighborhood has become a hodgepodge of wealthy students and poorer students and refugees. The local middle class comprises those of African and European origin.

Matongé is a neighborhood in Kinshasa.”



“Light the Christmas candles for your children! Let them sing carols! But don’t delude yourselves, don’t content yourselves year after year with the shabby, pathetic, sentimental feeling you have when you celebrate your holidays! Demand more of yourselves! Love and joy and the mysterious thing we call “happiness” are not over here or over there, they are only “within yourselves.”

― Hermann Hesse


rue emile bouillot

i have decided to “kick start” my new belgianstreets project by joining NaBloPoMo

inspired by The Daily Post at WordPress

this is post 1 of 30 for NaBloPoMo

which means a post every day for the next 30 days…

the images below were grabbed with my iPhone during a walk through the city

watch this space inspired by The Daily Post at WordPress