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    We managed to drive to Belgium on the 25th, and...

    We managed to drive to Belgium on the 25th, and are just back in Poland.
    The car is very comfortable, we managed to do the 1400km in one day without feeling exhausted (both going and coming back)....
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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!
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    And it takes living in another country to see the...

    And it takes living in another country to see the societal and political nuances that are so important.
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    This is something I also see in Poland: this very...

    This is something I also see in Poland: this very strong belief that everywhere else it is better.
    I'm from Belgium, we haven't had efficiency in government in... I don't know how long. I've lived...
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    A problem with covid news often is in the...

    A problem with covid news often is in the statistics and the lack of context. An example was in Belgium, when it was said that 50% of people in ICU were not vaccinated. The antivaxxers used it to...
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    It is interesting how many close relatives now...

    It is interesting how many close relatives now are confronted with it. In the previous waves we did not know many people, but now - both in Belgium and Poland - we already know of quite a lot of...
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    TCO for a car in Poland is quite low, as there is...

    TCO for a car in Poland is quite low, as there is no annual tax (it is included in the fuel price). So apart from insurance and annual technical check, the only costs are the costs to the car...
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    On the car thing... Which car would you get rid...

    On the car thing... Which car would you get rid off?


    VW Polo 2003 Comfortline (airco, comfort seats, ...) with automatic gear box, 178000 km, fully serviced at VW, mobility warranty still...
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    In Belgium they will close the nuclear...

    In Belgium they will close the nuclear powerplants in 2025 (fixed date). They plan to build 6 gas powerplants to compensate, but they don't even have locations/permissons for any of them. No way they...
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    And Belgium in 2025... ... while forbidding gas...

    And Belgium in 2025...
    ... while forbidding gas in new buildings (mandatory heat pumps) and removing tax incentives on fuel-powered company cars...
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    Second test drive with the CX-30 and second test...

    Second test drive with the CX-30 and second test drive with the XV... (at highway speeds)

    The visibility around the car in the CX-30 is not so good:, both the high, long nose and the small rear...
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    The automatic gearbox of the CX-30 felt fine, but...

    The automatic gearbox of the CX-30 felt fine, but reviewers seem to comment it is a bit old-fashioned compared to many other manufacturers (DCT, DSG, 7-8 gear, ...). Doesn't mean it is bad though. :)...
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    It is interesting to compare Belgium and Poland....

    It is interesting to compare Belgium and Poland. Currently, Belgium has much more cases proportionally than Poland, but Poland has much more deaths proportionally. And Belgium has a much higher rate...
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    Just bear in mind that these are just our...

    Just bear in mind that these are just our opinions. We have a bit weird requirements: good in city, silent on highway, comfortable; mainly for two people. I don't care about "sportiveness" or big...
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    We went to Toyota... Yaris Cross looks quite big...

    We went to Toyota... Yaris Cross looks quite big but not exactly what we are looking for (it is more a big city car, but less for highway driving). Corolla was quite low, and a very weird trunk (the...
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    He is back home, quite well. :) Meanwhile, new...

    He is back home, quite well. :)

    Meanwhile, new variant of concern: WHO names the B.1.1.529 Covid variant Omicron, designates it as 'variant of concern'.

    It already surfaced in Belgium (probably...
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    Quick update: he tested negative for covid in the...

    Quick update: he tested negative for covid in the emergency room, and was not taken to the covid-department. The doctors say that a high fever-spike often happens near the end of a covid infection. ...
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    My father was taken to hospital with very high...

    My father was taken to hospital with very high fever. The doctor suspects a secondary infection... :(
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    The main issue could be in Belgium. And those are...

    The main issue could be in Belgium. And those are huge detours... Still, we'll see how it evolves. More and more events are cancelled in Belgium and restrictions are tightened. For sure we will wait...
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    Mine just suddenly failed... First one warranted...

    Mine just suddenly failed... First one warranted a call to VW assistance, the second one failed just as we were leaving the VW service after replacing the first one and the third one about three...
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    This is hitting too close to home... Yesterday...

    This is hitting too close to home... Yesterday the 6-year old daughter of my best friend in Belgium was admitted to the hospital with Covid. They were in quarantine since a few days after an...
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    I'm just wondering if getting an ignition coil......

    I'm just wondering if getting an ignition coil... In the last two years, three ignition coils failed. On two occasions I was close to a VW dealer and manage to limp there, but one time we needed the...
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    Thanks guys. It looks like my father has passed...

    Thanks guys. It looks like my father has passed the worst. On two occasions he had very high fever, also stomach problems, etc. Now he is just extremely tired and weak, and occasionally has mild...
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    I fully trust the Polo to take us there and back:...

    I fully trust the Polo to take us there and back: I have a bottle of oil, it has quite new tires and battery. I'm not sure I would trust a used shitbox to the same extent. :)
    Still, if we are...
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    Well, this became much more relevant and...

    Well, this became much more relevant and urgent... Both my parents tested positive for Covid (I posted it in the Covid thread), even though they are both always careful: masks, disinfection, avoiding...
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