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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.

5 January 2023

Antwerp’s Het Steen continues to attract local and foreign tourists alike

Het Steen, a medieval fortress in Antwerp, is one of the main tourists attractions of the Belgian port city. Het Steen or “the rock” was built […]
28 December 2022

48 hours in Baku

Two days are not nearly enough to explore the remarkable city that is Baku, but here are just a few suggestions of what you can do […]
30 November 2022

24 hours in La Rochelle

When thinking about French cities, for most people, Paris, Bordeaux and maybe Marseille come to mind. All great destinations of course yet France is such a […]
21 October 2022

Why Tervuren Park is a perfect autumnal day out

Autumn is here, the trees are wearing their fall colours and footpaths are bedecked with drifts of leaves. Cosiness and comfort hold hands with poignant melancholy. […]
13 October 2022

Top tips for time-saving on short trips

As micro-travel trends and tightening budgets see more and more of us taking short breaks, here are ten top tips to help you make the most […]
22 September 2022

Why Pajottenland is a perfect Autumn get away

Harvest is just around the bend, and Flemish Brabant’s forests are slowly turning shades of burgundy, orange, and gold – beckoning you to lace up those […]
16 September 2022

48 hours in Al Ahsa

Al-Aḥsā, also known as al-Ḥasā, is a region in eastern Saudi Arabia, located about 60 km inland from the coast of the Persian Gulf. It is […]
2 September 2022

Fresh Farm Treasures in Flemish Brabant

Whether an expat or an international in Belgium, two flavourful gifts never fail to please – beer and chocolate. But beyond the tourist Mecca of Brussels, […]
23 August 2022

Suffolk makes for great getaway for summer

Mention the word “Belgium” to many and they will still immediately think of two things: frites and beer. Well, two of the country’s most iconic symbols […]
25 July 2022

24 hours in Meise

Meise is a Belgian municipality located just outside Brussels, in the Flemish Brabant region. Its scenery and quiet atmosphere make it great for a short getaway […]
7 July 2022

Why Helsinki is a nature getaway

With over 130 km of shoreline, an archipelago of over 300 islands and a 10 km forest running the length of the city north to south, […]
27 June 2022

Tall Ships and chubby beers – July’s big weekend in Antwerp

The Tall Ships Race returns to Antwerp this year for the 7th time, mooring at the Scheldt Quays from 22 to 25 July 2022. This completely free event is a chance to […]
15 June 2022

Green refreshing spots in Leuven

Leuven is known for its stunning medieval squares, great shopping and for KU Leuven, its world-leading university (Big Bang Theory, anyone?), but it’s also blessed with […]
18 May 2022

How to spend 48 hours in Helsinki in a sustainable way

One of the lessons the pandemic has given to society is that our lives can change from one day to the next. The change can be […]
6 May 2022

Meise Botanic Garden, a perfect get away for families

Spreading over 92ha, just outside Brussels, the Meise Botanic Garden is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. Over two centuries old, it is […]
25 February 2022

48 hours in Tenerife

A short trip to Tenerife is always a good idea, the welcoming, mild climate of the largest of Canary Islands for which it earned a nickname […]
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