Humor to the rescue

Last weekend we met up with our friends Anita&Stef: we had a nice walk and great dinner and got a chance to catch up on our walk of lives…the daily issues and struggles, the little pleasures,…
During our talk a particular song was mentioned, written and performed by Brigitte Kaandorp, she’s a Dutch comedian with frequent shows and during one of these shows she sang this song called ‘ik heb een zwaar leven’. In English it would be something like ‘my life is so tough’ or ‘my life is such a struggle’(groan, groan).

I already knew the comedian but had never heard of the song. Back home I got a chance to listen to it and boy, I had such a laugh, it’s a great song and helps to see the humor in how we deal with setbacks..loved it. So many resemblances to daily life things that don’t go as we expected and how we immediately, almost a reflex, experience that as something very negative instead of focussing on the alternatives. We compare to others and are jealous of how their walk of life seems to go so smoothly while it’s all rocks on our path…self-pity is easy, right?! Those rocks are maybe not that big and there’s often a way to get around, your path will be longer and have more curves, but it’s still a lovely path to walk!

My personal life is tough too, yes, it truly truly is🤣no kidding…a lot of medical issues, past months I was more in and out hospital getting treatments for my backpain than at home and that weighs hard sometimes…on those close to me, on how I function, etc…I try not to complain too much, I mostly try to blog and post about the happy things that truly make my day, however, those close ones often get the full load, sorry, sorry 😉 mainly I try not to let it determine who I am, though must admit, that takes some effort sometimes, but it’s SO much better than dwelling in that self-pity…

So when you find yourself in that state where everything goes wrong and the universe seems conspiring against you (and we all have that sometimes) just stop…a little humor helps to get you out of that state, so remember those words…’ooh my life is soooo tough, really really tooooooough’ (groan, groan), I bet it will make YOU smile a little too and you’ll pull yourself together.

It’s humor to the rescue..

Enjoy your day😁

Translation lyrics Brigitte Kaandorp songy

Watch performance Brigitte Kaandorp

Welcome in the Voer region…

…once a political and linguistic battleground, now every wanderer’s, cyclist’s and nature lover’s dream! This rural region is situated in the far eastern part of Belgium, in province Limburg, and consists of six small villages* lying at a stone’s throw from the Belgian-Dutch border yet still close to major cities as Liège, Aachen and Maastricht.  Its location nearby rivers Rhine and Meuse, the landscape and soil have always attracted many to exploit: the Romans did, even traces back to prehistoric times can be found…Over the years however nature, the unique character, position and its advantages rightfully took the upper hand for this region…who cares which language is spoken when there is so much to enjoy and discover…

bridge Voerstreek

St-Martens-Voeren is dominated by the tall ( 23 metres) railway bridge. It is part of the rail connection Tongeren-Aken, mainly used for freight transport and was built by the Germans in World War I.

As in most of these tiny villages, the church building dominates and in this case also the starting point of hiking route ‘de Bronnenwandeling’ which was chosen most beautiful hiking trail in Flanders in 2012.

No exploring on an empty stomach though, Hoeve de Bies is ideal for any short or longer hungry break and when in Limburg of course, the typical ‘Limburgse vlaai’ is all around…resistance is futile!

dessert tea break

It was the tiny hamlet of Veurs (Sint-Martens-Voeren) that stunned us most during our little trip. This particular area is known for its concentration of typical timber frame houses. It is home to some extraordinary fauna and flora, mixes tree orchards and small forests and it’s oh so quiet…big like!

Veurs timbered houses

Veursvallei Limburg Voeren

Timbered houses

landscape Voeren Limburg

nature soil Voeren

horseriding Limburg Voeren


Sint-Pieters-Voeren is the smallest of the six ‘Voer-villages’, with fewer than 300 inhabitants, and best-known for its Commanderie. This castle belonged to the German Knights Templar until the French revolution. The current building was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century in the so-called ‘Meuse-region Renaissance-style’.

Commanderie Sint-Pieters-Voeren

In the park of the castle lies the spring  that provides the ponds and the Voer river with water at a ratio of some 3000 litres per minute. In these surrounding ponds trout and sturgeon are bred which is a true delicacy and is on the menu at the local on-site brasserie and many of the local restaurants.

We had our feet up and enjoyed a lovely little ham and cheese snack at Gasterij de Commanderie opposite the castle.

Gasterij de Commanderie

Perfect way to end this little pre-Spring ‘tourist in own country’ trip and look back on the lovely landscapes and walking routes we discovered along the way. This definitely tastes for more, litterally, as there are some outstanding winehouses in this region as is the nearby abbey of Val-Dieu and its beer of the same name, needless to say we’ll be back!

Next post I’ll take you along to Maastricht, just over the Belgian-Dutch border and easily to combine with a Voerstreek visit!

Voerstreek Limburg Timbered house




(*) Moelingen, ‘s-Gravenvoeren, Sint-Martens-Voeren, Sint-Pieters-Voeren, Teuven and Remersdaal

Tourist info Voerstreek

Voeren stormy history

Gasterij de Commanderie

Hoeve de Bies