Reizen Waes, move over, Reizen Pictaz on da move !
I had a day off. We decided to go and visit Lokeren. Why? Dunno. No particular reason . Just close by, not well known and we sure as hell didn't know anything there. Except for Lokerse Feesten, a festival, but that's a whole different vibe.
Our impression : one thing we noticed is there are lotsa empty buildings. Also the post office. Which is a beautiful building on the outside. A peek through the window made us clear we were to late to see the beauty inside. It's completely stripped. Damn.
We strolled on, without any particular destination.
Lokeren has many cool doors.
An than... an old building catches my eye. (no worries, I took it back : MY eye) Beautiful old glas work, some decay,...I wondered what it looked like on the inside. A door was open, so (you know me) we walked inside. We saw some guys sitting together at the inner courtyard, looking strange at us (" who is that and what are those tourists doing here?"). So I explain I was intrigued by the building.
One of them asks us if we want a tour. Hell yeah!!
Wow. Wow. And wow!
The building is old, fully in renovation. Mostly by reused materials
He takes us to a kinda chapel in which there were tables and a bar. Our guide told us they organise parties over there. Sick!
The place is for youngsters to meet each other and do cool stuff, to keep them of the streets and let them do interesting things. It's called Vagevuur (meaning purgatory). Also (young) adults are welcome and can get help there if needed. At the moment they are building a music studio, there is a space to do action painting, a room to have a serious talk,....
There is a inner courtyard which seems perfect for late laid back summer nights. There even is an outside pizza oven! (pineapple, anyone? )
I immediately felt at home. Was it the messy feeling?
Those kind of initiatives need to be supported! I told them to let me know when the place is more or less finished. So I can take some pics for them, for their socials or whatever. And for me it's a good exercise. AND the perfect excuse to go back
Thanks, BjOrn Lintie Aka Bruggenbouwer for your tourist guiding. And keep up the good work with your team.
Those pics are just snapshots with my phone (yeah yeah... I know... I need to take my cam at all times...)