Miss Chiwa: the new canine mascot

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I can’t really decide whether this post is about a dog or about the dog’s owners. Maybe it’s because the dog and the dog’s owner make one -one (happy) little family of three.

Miss Chiwa - 1Joseph Guns and Sylvana Sonzogni live in Tamines, a little city between Charleroi and Namur in Southern Belgium. Guns and Miss Chiwa met Sylvana five years ago. While Guns and Sylvana got along right off the bat, Miss Chiwa had a harder time adjusting to her master’s new companion. Continue reading “Miss Chiwa: the new canine mascot”

Charleroi: mine region remains

Last December, I visited the Charleroi region (Belgium) for the first time. I know it sounds weird because I lived in this tiny country for 18 years before moving to the U.S. in 2005, but it just might be because that region doesn’t sound that appealing (at first) to most people. It actually doesn’t even sound that appealing “at second” to most people. However, I learned a lot about the past and what used to make that region so wealthy. Thousands of miners would go down to extract coal out of the mines. Continue reading “Charleroi: mine region remains”