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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.

6 February 2023

Brussels Airlines’ pilots to strike if an agreement with management is not reached

There is a risk that Brussels Airlines’ pilots might conduct strikes every Sunday between 26 February and 26 March. In a letter sent to the staff, […]
6 February 2023

Belgian couple abandons baby at check-in counter at Ben Gurion airport

On January 31st, a Belgian couple traveling back to Belgium from Israel almost left without their baby. The parents assumed that they would not have to […]
3 February 2023

Two out of five Belgians will opt for less expensive holidays in 2023

Two out of five Belgians will opt for less expensive holidays in 2023 due to the current crisis and rising prices, a new survey says. According […]
2 February 2023

Plane wastewater analysis finds no Covid variants of concern from China

Following China’s reopening of borders to international travel and abandonment of the strict quarantine rules, several countries around the world have re-instated travel restrictions, including pre-departure, […]
1 February 2023

Zwanze traditions for cold, thirsty cost-savers

As Belgians hunker down in chilly houses, their living standards crushed by mounting energy and mortgage costs, could quaint café customs be rekindled for the modern […]
30 January 2023

Biggest ‘sports entertainment’ park in Europe to open in Belgium

Europe’s largest sports entertainment park is set to open in Belgium this spring. Located in Limburg, Hasselt, Sparkx will be a new 3500 square metre leisure […]
26 January 2023

Exhibition dedicated to the Jewish escapees of the 20th Convoy opens in Brussels

An exhibition commemorating and honouring the people that managed to escape the 20th Convoy, on its way from Mechelen to Auschwitz in 1943, opened at the […]
24 January 2023

Bright Festival returns to Brussels in February

From the 16th to the 19th of February, Bright Festival will fill Brussels with light. The festival’s program consists of three routes through several Brussels quarters […]
19 January 2023

Manneken Pis is the only statue in the world with its own wardrobe

Did you know there is one statue in the world that regularly gets dressed up? The Manneken Pis, one of Brussels’ best known symbols is the […]
19 January 2023

Kart like Mario on Belgium’s new augmented reality racetrack

Four Brussels residents decided to re-create the Mario Kart game experience on a racetrack that combines karting with videogames. Their project, Supercube, opened at Flanders Expo, […]
19 January 2023

Number of tourists visiting Bruges continues to be on the rise

Musea Brugge, the organization behind Bruges‘ urban museums, had a very good 2022. The various museums and monuments of the museum group together received nearly 700,000 […]
17 January 2023

City council votes to ban night flights over Brussels

On Monday, 16 January, the city council of Brussels adopted a motion for banning night flights over the city, in an attempt to limit noise pollution […]
12 January 2023

Ryanair permanently closes Brussels Airport base

In September 2022 Ryanair announced the closure of its base at Brussels Airport in Zaventem for the winter period. At the time, the closure was foresaw […]
12 January 2023

Brussels Airport saw twice as many passengers in 2022 compared to 2021

Passenger traffic more than doubled at Brussels Airport in 2022 compared to 2021 with almost 19 million people travelling through it. “After two complicated years, marked […]
11 January 2023

World’s favourite reporter turns 94

On 10 January 1929, the first album from what was to become one of the world’s most beloved comic series was published by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. […]
11 January 2023

Belgian coast reports record inflow of foreign tourists in 2022

The December holiday season was not as positive as expected for the tourism sector in Flanders, specifically on the coast. On January 7th, the Westtoer tourism […]
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