When I go to a very warm country, instead of wearing a hat or a cap, I learned to wear a scarf. I learned it from Egyptian and Moroccan Berbers living in the desert. It protects you from sand and wind and in the city also from dust.
Meanwhile I own 3, here presented by my model Arthur. As he was modelling while sleeping, I didn't have to pay.
and you see how it has to be twisted around your head and knotted or just fixed in the neck.
It is much nicer to wear and even if it's very windy it stays on your head and you don't have to run behind a cap or a hat.
It also serves against the sun in the swimming pool and to pose for nice pictures in front of historical buildings. (In this case it wasn't fixed).
On sunday the city had organized an "Artist Market", for the Waterloo artists. Along the wall at the station each artist who wanted to participate got a space with a table and could hang up their paintings at the grid on the wall. The condition was to paint one blue bird in a limited time, from 10 am til 4 pm, which was quiet a challenge for those who used oil because it lasts days to dry. But we all made it and had a lot of fun.
This was the poster hanging all over the city and surroundings
Mr. G. took pictures of me while I was hanging up my "master pieces"
the young girl was my neighbor and there were around 30 artists exposing
I found this bird beautiful and he made it in such a short time it was amazing
The sculpture came out very nicely too. In the back you can see the police and an ambulance, a man was so drunken that he zig zagged for a while on the street and then just collapsed. So it really hasn't been boring !
strange little figurines
a tired dog (and he didn't even paint)
The local TV came and asked me for an interview. So I will be on TV tomorrow, what an honor, I feel like a "star" !
we also had some music
children made little birds
Lots of visitors during the whole day
I am "working" and even sold the yellow cat on the right behind me
and my finished "Blue Bird". In October all Birds will be exposed in Waterloo.
It had been a wonderful day and I met lots of people I hadn't seen for ages !
I have the pleasure to be your host (again). I just came back from a round trip through Morocco where I had to pay in Dirhams which gave me the idea to ask you to show your wallet and a picture of the banknotes and coins you use in your countries.
Mr. Arthur has the (sleeping) honor to present you my rather boring black wallet. I had a nice red one but a pickpocket had liked it too and stole it from my purse while I was in a packed up train.
Here it is open (Arthur doesn't care). On the top right a pictures of my different darlings and below the pink thing is the Belgian driver licence, which is still very old fashioned. I wonder when we will get it in form of a credit card !
I only had 55 € cash, which was already a lot, because usually I pay everything with my bank card. That's why I had to google for Euro banknote and coins pictures.
The Euro is very new to the poor citizens of Europe, they had to forget their local money since 1 January 2002 when new coins and banknotes entered circulation. Belgian Francs, Deutsche Mark, French Francs, Italian Lira etc, disappeared from one day to the other. Lots of mostly elderly people still calculate in their local currency. It's not so easy to give up what you have known all your life.
For tourists of course visiting Europe is very easy now, because they don't have to change into X different currencies ! Only the UK keeps on his pounds and a few Scandinavian countries to their local currency, don't ask me why, because it's far easier if we all have the same money. And anyway everything is expensive, if you pay now in $, or whatever currency.