We've got some friends from Belgium we made many years ago, wait for it... online. It's true! We really did meet someone that way, and they're real—and very cool!
My wife casually mentioned in an online forum that our family was traveling to Belgium and France for the shooting of my 2008 film, Road to Roubaix. A woman on the forum mentioned that she lived in Belgium and we should all connect. Not only that, but her husband was a big cycling fan—after all, he's Beglian! He helped us by acting as our fixer, translating, navigating and driving the roads of France and Belgium. Our kids are the same age, and get along famously. We've all been friends every since.
Every few years our Belgian friends travel to the USA to see some of their states-based family, and when the stars align The Belgians visit us, too. This year, our every-bit-as-cool local friends hosted an awesome backyard cookout. There was beer, Firecracker Shrimp—even an outdoor movie for the kids! Here are some shots of our fun evening with The Belgians.