As much as I complain about the rainy, chilly days here, it only takes a few days of sunshine for Belgium to redeem itself. When the sun is shining and you have nothing more important to do than admire all of the green plants and vibrant flowers that the previous months’ rainy days have helped to flourish
, then that makes for quite a pleasant afternoon. I’ve spent the last week venturing out on my bike periodically without a raincloud in sight, and each time I go into the city, I’m still struck with the realization that this is a really beautiful place.
It’s hard to fathom that I’ve been living in Belgium for a year now, but it’s true. The year has gone unbelievably quickly and yet so many important things have happened in its course. Before we moved to Belgium, I envisioned myself writing many more blog entries to help create concrete memories of all the experiences. As I discovered, life takes up way more time. I feel that this one year mark in Belgium is a sort of milestone and it’s nice to look back and see all of the accomplishments that comprise the last year.Read More
Since we moved into our new house, both of us have been looking forward to adding a cat to our household. We had been visiting a lot of animal shelters and making preparations in the house during the last month, and finally on Tuesday we were able to bring home our new cat. We adopted him from the animal shelter in Ghent. Unfortunately, he had an infection and had to stay at the shelter for a few weeks to recover, but that gave us enough time to make sure we were ready to bring him home. It seems like it was worth the wait because he is proving to be a very sweet cat. I decided to introduce him on OppositeOcean because I’m sure he will be a source of inspiration in future funny animal-related blog posts.Read More
My first Belgian Thanksgiving turned out to be a lot more American than I had planned. I arrived home from my Dutch class to find an empty apartment. Christophe returned soon with a mischievous grin and a backpack full of secret Thanksgiving supplies. He tried to kick me out of the kitchen but my stubbornness prevailed and we made a nice Thanksgiving dinner together. I was, like usual, only in charge of the peeling, chopping, and boiling of water as it seems to work more successfully this way.Read More
Anyone that knows me in person or even perhaps follows me on twitter can realize that I have a bit of an animal addiction which is nurtured by endless youtube videos and cute overload photos of animal-adorableness. When I moved to Spain in August of 2010 I was left with no option but to find a new home for my little Zoey. I couldn’t have asked for a better home for her to go to and thanks to her new owners’ blog posts about the continuation of her unique and quirky antics I know that Zoey is doing just fine. With the absence of Zoey and the new responsibilities of living in Spain (a new country, a new language, few friends or connections) I felt that animals were really missing from my life. They were everywhere in Spain but I didn’t feel quite normal going to the park and asking everyone if I could pet their dog.Read More