Please note that I am not complaining, just stating a fact: I have cold feet* and it is May! It was just too good to last; the great sunny and warm weather we had had ever since we arrived in Belgium three weeks ago… Yesterday we woke up to grey skies and pouring rain, and today is not much better even though it doesn’t seem to be raining at the moment (I can’t see any umbrellas when I look out the window).
My view – over the biggest (?) roundabout in Brussels, with at least 10 entries and exits and four lanes. O told me after the first time he had driven in it since we came back that he had forgotten how kamikaze-like it is!
This morning when I stepped out from our new home, an apartment-hotel apartment (??) which is surprisingly nice despite the small kitchenette and no oven (no more Sunday scones for a few months), I was almost shocked by the cold temperature. However, I fully enjoyed my brisk walk to the supermarket without getting sweaty and not having to think about putting on sunscreen and walking in the shade.
Walking around the supermarket I couldn’t help smiling and feeling joy about having a “home” again, even though it not being permanent (only for the next two months probably). There is a certain feeling about stocking up for the first few times; buying salt and pepper**, pasta and rice, cereal, and all the rest – you know all the basic things you usually have in your kitchen. I have done this so many times already – when moving to France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Puerto Rico and now Belgium again, but I still enjoy it. I was hesitating over how much to buy but since the shop didn’t have everything I was looking for, I decided to just buy the bare necessities and leave the rest for when O and I have time to drive to a bigger supermarket.
The Belgian flag is back under the arc in the park! This photo was my third attempt of taking a photo through the car window when coming up from the first part of the tunnel and before entering the second part of the tunnel which runs under the park
The decision was the right one because the total came to 19.38 € and I only had 20 Euros in my wallet, and it was pouring down with rain outside… If you have to use an umbrella, it is very practical to only have one grocery bag to carry as well!
House for sale – it doesn’t look too promising as it needs a lot of work to be done, but the price is also almost 100 000 EUR less than many houses in the same area (it is smaller though and doesn’t have a parking)
Tonight O and I are meeting up at the end of the metro line 5 (that used to be called 1a / b) where we are going to look at another house. We actually saw this house exactly three weeks ago when we were randomly driving around the area. It was being sold by the owner so there was just a note on the front door that it was for sale. We noted the phone number but I forgot to call, and now it is for sale by an agency (same price though). After visiting the house we are planning to go to Ikea to buy some storage baskets or boxes for the apartment that doesn’t have enough space in the kitchen and bed room for our stuff.
*) I miss my favourite slippers which I have left in Sweden, I will have to bring them back to Brussels next week when we are heading to Skåne for Ascension!
*) We have two pepper mills in the container so I just want to get find black pepper sold with a built-in the mill – they exist in Belgium but I have been to two supermarkets and haven’t found one yet. I love freshly ground black pepper!!