Aalst, a Flemish Provincial Town Like no Other
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Aalst, a Flemish Provincial Town Like no Other

(Luc Devoldere) The Low Countries - 2007, № 15, pp. 249-258

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The author paints a portrait of Aalst. Then he makes a confession. For him, Aalst was first and foremost a smell. When he first came to the town about 35 years ago, it was the all-pervasive, acridsmell of starches – the factory! – that struck him. Yet he remained no visitor. Twenty years ago he came to live close to this provincial town. After all, one has to live somewhere and it is Aalst ... everywhere (and can substitute Middelburg or Zwolle if you live in the Netherlands, Ipswich if you live in the United Kingdom, or Duluth if you live in the USA).

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