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Belgium in Brief: Forgotten Travel Skills

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Hello there. Nice to see you again.

Some of you might have noticed that BIB was off for a week, others maybe just had one less email to read, but it’s nice to be back at work.

It would be easy to just talk about my holiday – I won’t – but the topic we’re looking at today is one that will be close to the hearts of many.

I think we’ve all totally forgotten how to travel. 

Sitting in Edinburgh airport I saw several people ditch a coffee they had just ordered so they could sprint to a gate, only to do so myself 10 minutes later.

I got lost in duty-free shopping, then bought more than I could feasibly carry.

I forgot to buy a bottle of water.

I went through the scanner with my belt on and forgot my Kindle needed to be out of my bag.

Hell, I even went the wrong direction to get to a gate that I’ve flown from more times than I can count.

Many of us don’t come from Belgium, so getting a flight from here to home was such a well-travelled route that it had become second nature.

Let me tell you that if my experience was anything to go by… we might have to relearn some of those skills.

So, what about you? Had any nightmares on the way back? Settled back into your routine? Let me know.

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4. First Belgians evacuated from Afghanistan arrive in Belgium

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6. Unions consider strike over Brussels Airlines staff shortages

Staff working for Brussels Airlines are discussing strike action towards the end of August if demands to ease pressure on cabin crews are not met. Read more.

7. Petrol prices fall from Tuesday in Belgium

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