We just had a great weekend again with a lot of fun people. There was talk about money, dividends, permaculture and ethics, all while enjoying some good Belgian Beer! We also did a interesting (but rather chilly) city tour, courtesy of Amber Tree Leaves. Here is a (visual) Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap!
Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap
The meetup was split over two days at two different locations in the city. Amber Tree Leaves really did a great job in finding these venues!
Day 1: Dividend Growth Investing
On the first day we gathered at a local chapel (Augustinessenklooster: Romaanse Poort), which had one of the most spectacular conference rooms I’ve ever been in. It looked like this:
Yup, this was the setting for the Dividend Growth Investing (DGI) presentation, how cool is that! I did a two hour presentation about DGI. The first hour focussed on the basis of DGI investing. The second hour I talked more about the strategy, risks and problem with taxation we face here in Europe. There were some interesting discussions too!
For those that are interested, you can download the presentation here: Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: DGI Investing Presentation
If you are wondering about the reason for the selection of the “beautiful” purple-ish presentation template, the theme was called “Dividend”. Enough said 🙂
Day 2: City Tour
On day two we did a city tour through the center of Leuven. The start was on the main square of the city, at the old city hall and the main cathedral. We went through the city via the local university and visited a local small market squares (with lots of bars!). Next, walked to the “groot begijnhof”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ultimately we looped back toward the train station, from which we went to the afternoon venue.
We took a couple of pictures of the tour, which are shown below. The first one is a stich of several photos, so it’s a bit distorted.
The above housing is now also used for students of the local university.
The city of Leuven is really a pretty and a lot of fun to visit! It’s high recommended to give it a try in you are in the area.
Day 2: Permaculture and Ethics
After the pretty but cold city tour we went for lunch and afterwards to a local hostel to do two more presentations. The first presentation was about ethics and how do deal with ethics and investing. It was a great session that was presented by Geld-is-tijd. A lively discussion followed.
After a short break session with coffee and delicious cake, the next presentation was about permaculture. If you like engineering, you have to love permaculture! It’s the most efficient way to use nature to your advantage and have maximum yield (for organic produce) and very little work. The sloths in us love this! However, we don’t have the right yard just yet, something we would like to work on in the future.
For those interested in a basic Permaculture 101, you can download the presentation here: Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: Permaculture
We are already making plans for a next meetup, this time we will visit Utrecht again. The plan is to do the meetup either the last weekend of June of the first weekend of July. Considering that “yours truly” will be travelling for a while, we decided to push back the next meetup until after we are back.
We are planning on a one day event, but if there is demand, we might stretch is into a two day event again! So if you want to join, please let us know and we will put you on the distribution list. If you have topics that you would like see discussed, let us know too! We still have some time to prepare.
Hope to see you next time!