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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

7 December 2022

Brussels to become the capital of Art Nouveau in 2023

The Brussels Region has announced that next year will be the Art Nouveau Year as an important anniversary will be celebrated in the Capital of Europe. […]
6 December 2022

Wallonia to create 30 new nature reserves

On Thursday December 1st, the Walloon government in Belgium approved the creation of 30 new nature reserves and the extension of 23 existing ones, covering a […]
5 December 2022

Belgium to ban smoking in some open-air public spaces as of 2025

On Friday December 2nd, Belgium’s federal government defined the main points of its anti-smoking plan with several stricter measures set to be implemented in the years […]
5 December 2022

Belgian parade dropped from UNESCO heritage list due to racism complaints

Every August the sleepy Belgian town of Ath is invaded by giants. Huge paper-maché creations are paraded through the streets as part of the ‘Ducasse d’Ath,’ […]
1 December 2022

3 spas close to Brussels for a day of relaxation

It’s official, December has begun and the countdown to Christmas is real, whether or not you’re actually counting down with an advent calendar. For a lot […]
1 December 2022

Winter Glow getaway weekend in Bruges

With its UNESCO-recognised ensemble of medieval buildings, colourful Dutch-gables and ancient bridges over intricate waterways, Bruges is an inspired choice for a weekend getaway at any […]
28 November 2022

Brussels Airport acquires AI company to offer more personalised traveller services

The Brussels Airport Company, the airport operator of Brussels Airport, has acquired a majority stake of 80% in Jetpack, a young Belgian company specialising in data […]
26 November 2022

Brussels’ Winter Wonders ranked Best Christmas Market in the world

Brussels’ Winter Wonders has been named the best Christmas market in the world by Big 7 Travel. Known as “Winterpret” in Dutch and “Plaisirs d’Hiver” in […]
25 November 2022

Wind turbines will be allowed closer to airports in Belgium

Wind turbines cannot be placed too close to airports, increasing the risk of collision as well as interfering with the navigation systems. In order to support […]
25 November 2022

5 best art cities in Flanders

Flanders, one of Belgium’s three official regions, has been leading European society since the Middle Ages. Important medieval cities and ports contributed to its refined culture, […]
24 November 2022

Possible strike from Belgium-based Ryanair staff during winter holidays

Many airlines have had a tumultuous post-Covid recovery this year, in part struggling to keep up with soaring demand and partly due to the strikes from […]
23 November 2022

Things to do and see at the Brussels Winter Wonders 2022

The 21st edition of Brussels’ Winter Wonders (Plaisirs d’Hiver) will take place from November 25th, 2022 to January 1st, 2023. According to the publication “Best Christmas […]
23 November 2022

How a small Belgian craft beer is competing with giant multinationals

Belgo, a Belgian craft beer brewed in Vietnam, has launched a beer-currency campaign. It allows beer lovers to exchange any mass market beer for the higher […]
21 November 2022

Belgium announces tougher noise standards for Brussels Airport

Belgian Mobility Minister has announced stricter standards to reduce noise pollution at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. The new measure aims to push airlines to modernize their […]
18 November 2022

Brussels adds explanatory QR codes to controversial murals

Belgium is famous for its comic books, or comic strips, with beloved characters like the Smurfs and Tin Tin even being featured on the Belgian passport. […]
17 November 2022

The new bird paradise you have to visit on the Belgian coast

The Belgian coast is somewhat of a controversial one. Broadly speaking, you either hate it or you love it. For some people, the flat grey coastline, […]
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