If my second winter here has made anything clear about the relationship that Belgium and I have with each other, it is that she often does little to cheer me up during this time of year. The combination of gray and drizzly skies, permanently statically-charged hair, and an aching brain brimming with language and terminology combined with the stress of approaching exams in multiple languages has made me realize that during this time of year it is more important than ever to see the things I love about this place and to cling to them, allowing them to warm up my thoughts and inspire me to treat Belgium a little kinder until she starts to return the kind thoughts in spring.
Here are five things I can say that I appreciate about Belgium: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
This Fall marks the beginning of the second holiday season that I’ll be spending outside of the States. My favorite time of year has always been Fall and I’m enjoying it here in Belgium, too. I love when the leaves begin to fall and scent the morning air with their distinct and crisp smell. I like wearing cozy clothes, putting my ever-growing scarf collection to its rightful use, enjoying multiple cups of hot coffee and tea and smelling the toasty scent of cinnamon. Every morning when I ride my bike to my Dutch class, I find myself thinking that this really is a beautiful place to be living. I ride along the bike path next to the water and some mornings the fog hangs over the water. I feel quite content bundled up in my Fall scarf and hat, pedaling away through the multi-colored leaves and enjoying the view.Read More