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Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary

Will my Saturday morning walk reveal any surprises?

Today I set myself a challenge. I decided to go on an ordinary Saturday morning walk in my very ordinary neighbourhood, in search of the extraordinary. So I worked out a 13 km route, took the bus to Wespelaar, and walked back home, in search of the unusual.

Did I succeed? Judge for yourself…

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Well, my quest got off to a good start; a traffic policeman certainly makes an unusual sight in a garden. The gnome doesn’t look too happy to have been ousted from his usual prominent position.

And here's an interesting road sign! It means
And here’s an interesting road sign! It means “changed family situation”. An original way to publicize a recent addition to the family!
Goodness, I wasn't expecting such a display of colour on the last day of January!
Another surprising sight: I wasn’t expecting such a display of colour on the last day of January!
...especially when temperatures have been dropping below freezing point, and today in particular is exceedingly cold.
…especially when temperatures have been dropping below freezing point, and today in particular is exceedingly cold.
The clear winter's morning light certainly makes for a pretty picture along the canal.
The clear winter’s morning light certainly makes for a beautiful picture along the canal.
Not too sure what this fascinating looking building is ...
Not too sure what this fascinating looking building is …
... but just a bit further, some major renovations are taking place on an ancient gateway.
… but just a bit further, some major renovations are taking place on an ancient gateway.
Now this is unusual. A incredibly narrow plot of ground for sale, advertised for construction. What might someone construct on such a small strip of land? A toilet? A cycle shed? A dog kennel?
Now this is unusual. A incredibly narrow plot of ground for sale, advertised for construction. What might someone construct on such a small strip of land? A toilet? A cycle shed? A dog kennel?
And finally, what could this be?
And finally, what could this be?
It's one of 235 machine gun pillboxes built during the Second World War in a line from Antwerp to Waver.
It’s one of 235 machine gun pillboxes built during the Second World War in a line from Antwerp to Waver.

So how did I do?

Here’s a map of the route, if you’re interested.

About Denzil

Discovering Belgium is my personal blog describing places to visit in Belgium. It mainly focuses on walking and cycling in nature, but also covers cities and events.

9 comments on “Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary

  1. I do think you’ve succeeded in finding some unusual things along your walk Denzil. My favourite is the sign about the birth of a new baby. And I love the photo of the canal. It’s so different from how the countryside looked when we were there in September.

    • Unfortunately I had inadvertently set my camera for low resolution capture, so the resulting photos of the canal were not as good as clear or defined as they could have been. Nevertheless, they still provide a good memory of a lovely day out.

  2. You excelled yourself! That canal and the reflections was worth the trek, all by itself! The birth announcement is most original. 🙂

  3. You did great. 🙂 All the photos are interesting, but the reflections in the canal is a gorgeous shot. The gun pillbox photo is interesting since I just finished watching Fury, a WWII movie.

  4. Inspiring idea 🙂

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