The weekend was good, despite being a bit stressful. And O managed to keep up a brave face despite probable food poisoning from a buffet in Hamburg [..].
The first farewell dinner on Friday was a great success and all the guests went home with [mostly open] bottles of alcohol – a new take on the BYO (Bring Your Own alcohol)! We are trying to get rid of some of our stuff before the move.. I had prepared quite a fun quiz on general knowledge about O (his studies, his second name, his ex-girlfriend), Spain (what do you call a mix of coke and red wine – calimocho) and Puerto Rico (population, who discovered the island etc). The only question that nobody could answer was the name of the island to the west of Puerto Rico, i.e the island which Haiti and the Dominican Republic share (the answer is Hispaniola by the way).
Despite everybody warning us that there would be so much traffic on the roads to/from the coast on Saturday and especially on Sunday, we were lucky and it only took us 1,5 hours to drive to/from Koksijde. It looked actually very much like the other Belgian coastal towns that I have visited – Knocke and Oostende. Apartment blocks by the beach and a few blocks in beautiful huge houses – many of them are summerhouses – not really the small Swedish wooden cottages that I am used to! Our hosts S & I had prepared a nice aperitif and then we had dinner in a great fish restaurant – my limoncello after dinner was served in a huge, almost fish bowl-sized glass!
Yesterday we went for a nice walk in the town and admired all the houses before we headed back to Brussels to continue the packing and sorting in preparation of the move… It feels like a never-ending project but on Thursday morning at 08 it has to be done because the movers arrive! Tomorrow we have the 2nd farewell dinner with O’s American boss and colleagues from the Belgian office in a restaurant called L’Ogenblik, and on Wednesday we have the 3rd and final dinner with the Flemish friends! In other words, we don’t have that much time to get organised, and O is not even back yet tonight from a day-business-trip to France. Phew, do I sound stressed??