about

Who?

Hello! I am Trudi (Geertrui in Dutch, and yes, that’s Gertrude 😉 ), nearly 50 and living near Bruges (Flanders, Belgium). I went vegetarian in the mid nineties, and – together with my husband- went vegan around 2010. My main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although I am also inspired by the environmental and health aspects.

After my studies in criminology and environmental sciences (1995) I spent some years as a research assistant exploring the sociology of human-animal relations, which resulted in my PhD on ‘antropocentrism and speciesism in contemporary criminology ‘ (Ghent University).
In 2001 I initiated and edited the book ‘Mensen en Andere Dieren‘ (Humans and Other Animals).
After my academic years, I worked in youth care, and as a policy advisor for the Flemish Government (Vlaamse Overheid).

Since a couple of years, I am no longer professionally engaged, because of chronic diseases. So I am ‘at home’ now, where – together with my sweet and loving husband – I take care of our animal family, and enjoy getting my hands dirty in our veg garden.
And, as you can tell by the number of restaurant reviews, we also enjoy exploring new restaurants, and the occasional city trip.

Some more personal stuff on why I started blogging, interests in music, gardening and more in this interview.

I also blog about veganism and animal rights in Dutch on Graswortels (formerly Veggieleven), and some of those posts also appear translated here, and the other way around. And I’ve also made some vlogs about veganism and animal rights (in Dutch so far).

I would love to hear your feedback, any thoughts or suggestions. So do not hesitate to leave me a comment 🙂

Geertrui Cazaux (aka TrudiBruges)

Trudi with Babette

Updated April 2018

You can also follow me on Facebook Graswortels Facebook The Bruges VeganTwitter,  Google+ , InstagramYou Tube
All my posts are my own personal opinion.
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47 Comments

  1. Wish I’d seen your blog before I visited Bruges! Thanks for the wonderful thoughts and insights you’re providing. Keep up the excellent work!

  2. Hey there! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I’d love to visit Belgium someday. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it there, but it’s great to know that you guys are here with lots of help on where to eat (that just might entice me to actually get there one day – we’ll see). Anywho – it’s a pleasure e-meet two wonderful vegans. Have an awesome week! Celeste 🙂

    1. Hi Celeste – nice to get to know you. Hope you make it to Belgium some day! Next to wonderful Bruges, there’s also Ghent (only 40km away) which has more vegetarian restaurants (with vegan options) per capita than any other city in Europe 😉

  3. Hi. It is lovely to connect with others who care. Bruge, I am told, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My son lived in Belgium for a while and I definitely want to visit. It is hard for vegans to find suitable restaurants so it is a wonderful idea to list these restaurants.
    Your English is perfect – I am impressed. Otherwise do you speak Flemish? As you know Afrikaans is similar. I think Brussels is mainly French speaking? Anyway, all the best Emy 🙂

    1. Hi Emy, nice to hear from you, and baie dankie for your compliments 🙂
      We indeed speak Flemish and it’s amazing how much Afrikaans is similar! We visited SA in 2005 (Cape Town and surroundings) and absolutely loved it! Hope one day we can go visit again. Love to stay in touch with you and am following your blog!

  4. So much great information here! I’ll be visiting Belgium in a few months, so this is really helpful to me. Thank you for taking the time to put this site together! 🙂

  5. So much energy and passion has gone into developing this blog- it’s fantastic! It’s very useful to have so much genuine information in one place. It’s been very nice to meet guys and look forward to your upcoming posts. 🙂

  6. Glad to have discovered your compassionate blog through Emy’s untifur blog. Thank you for all the information you share.

    For a peaceful year where no one is harmed ♥

    ~Carmen

  7. Thanks for all the likes!!! We love Bruges–visited again last Christmas & was totally charmed! PS, had fabulous hot chocolate in a coffee shop there. Can’t remember the name but remember how delicious!

    1. Thanks! Glad you have found our blog (there’s no link to your blog on your avatar, do you have one?).
      Memories! I think the James Ensor one was the 100 franks note? Ensor was from my home town Ostend (near Bruges).
      He played a big role in the foundation of the animal protection organisation Blauwe Kruis van de Kust ‘Blue Cross of the Coast’. And also had a painting againt vivisection: “Les Infâmes vivisecteurs”!

      1. I think that my avatar should now link to my blog. Thanks for the additional info about James Ensor. Maybe you could link that info to this site? I have a couple of books about him. I like the macabre humour in a lot of his pictures.

      1. I just found Les Infâmes Vivisecteurs by a google search, but it is not a picture that I recognise. One that I do recognise which sums up his humour is Les Cuisiniers Dangereux:

    1. Thanks Bat-el. Vegan options are increasing across Europe, but we would love to go back to NYC one day, as we have never eaten so much as during the week we were there 😀 So many vegan options! It was great 🙂 Glad to keep in touch!

  8. Hello Trudi and Jim! I’m so happy to meet more vegans and I love your blog! My daughter Jean has two blogs–Jeanofalltrades and …

    http://sunshineandslaughter.com/

    She is the one who got me started on my vegan journey, a way of life that keeps me healthy and gives me joy and peace in my heart.

    With compassion,

    ❤ carmen

    1. Hi Maverick, I don’t really follow what’s happening in Ghent in detail, but Ghent is known as a hub for vegetarians (and increasingly vegans too). There are several all vegan restaurants, and plenty with vegan options. There’s also a vegan shop VEDGE (limited opening hours – check before). So definitely better scoring than Bruges (Ghent is also a bigger town than Bruges), although options are on the increase here as well.
      Thanks for stopping by on my blog 🙂

  9. Great website. My wife and I have been vegetarians for some 30 years now and, very slowly, we are edging our way to becoming vegan. Your website is a great encouragement.

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