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
During the last few months OppositeOcean has been dormant. A pattern that I’ve noticed about myself during the last few years of my life is that winter often leaves me uninspired.
While I underwent a winter hibernation concerning blogging, many other things changed in my life. I also suffered what I will refer to as an academic coma as a result of trying to complete 5 levels of Dutch courses. Yesterday I received the fantastic news that I passed the ITNA exam, which is the final exam for level 5. Although I still don’t feel that confident with my ability to verbalize my thoughts in Dutch, it’s so very nice to be able to read Belgian news or be able to finally enjoy watching TV in Dutch. I am glad that the courses are achter de rug (literally ‘behind the back’ – over).Read More