Can you describe what you do?
I started my own blog about Mechelen. We write about things that happen in Mechelen, the local horeca business and the people that live, work and study here. I often work with students who write for me or help me with my website. I also work with local guides, people that work in local bars and restaurants and with the youth organisation Villa 32.
How do you perceive Mechelen? In your view, what kind of city is it? Its people, its cultural landscape, its vibe? How does it compare to other, similarly-sized cities?
Mechelen is not the biggest city in Belgium, but that’s what I like the most about it. It’s not too crowded, which means that, for a city, it feels very cosy.
What would you say is Mechelen’s main appeal as a city? What gives it its edge?
Our biggest pride is the St. Rumbold’s Tower, but I think Mechelen has plenty of other great and beautiful spots. Personally, my favourite thing about the city is the interior of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul on the Veemarkt. This church is beautifully decorated and has a fascinating history.
How has Mechelen contributed to making you who you are today? What role has the city played in shaping your outlook and career?
I was born here, so I have always loved this place and the magnificent buildings. One day I decided to share this love with others, and that is when I started to write about it for my blog.
On a personal level, what would you like to see more of in the city? What could it do better?
Sometimes, I feel like the city is not very appealing for teenagers and young people. There’s a lot to do for kids, and a lot of museums and the heritage is so interesting as well. But we could do with some more activities for young people, like a bowling alley, more cinemas, or some clubs.
If you had to take out-of-towners to one place that truly symbolises the city, what/where would it be?
Of course I would take them on the guided tour of the St. Rumbold’s Tower!malinials.wordpress.com