As I might have mentioned (?) we moved from our apartment-hotel-apartment last week, just before going to Sweden. The new place is an attic flat, probably no more than 40 m2 but with a [unfinished] roof-top terrace and it is starting to look more and more like a home. We decided to rent this place from a friend for a few months while we continue our house hunt / hoping that living cramped will not make us too comfortable but to motivate us to find our own place soon!
Today you can look at some kitchen photos while I am off to finish the registration procedure at the commune* (municipality) – I had to get a wedding certificate with a notary stamp from Sweden (my father had some real struggles with the Swedish bureaucracy but he managed to get it in the end), then I need to go to the mutuelle (health insurance) to register under O’s name (couldn’t be done without having registered as O’s wife at the commune which needed the above certificate) to obtain health insurance in Belgium. I am also having lunch with an ex-colleague and hopefully coffee with two other ex-colleagues – one who is apparently visiting from Portugal. The good thing is that my Commission badge is valid until today so I will actually be able to enter their office buildings without any problem (I hope…).
As you can see the kitchen part is tiny and I have already hit my head once on the ceiling when taking things out of the fridge! The plastic string you can see sticking out from the cupboard under the sink belongs to our recycling garbage bags – one is yellow for paper, the other one is blue for plastic, plastified carton (for juice and milk etc), and metal. I am actually really excited about recycling again, we did do it a little in Puerto Rico but it wasn’t as organised as in Brussels
O is meeting me after work to visit a house. It looks very promising: 260 m from a metro stop, 1.1 km to O’s office and with a huge garden, and the house itself looks like it’s in a pretty good shape. Fingers crossed!!
Our great friends have been lending us house-hold utensils – my dear Swedish friend E lent us a few plates, cups and glasses since we didn’t want to buy what we have in storage. The “Jordgubbar”-bowl is mine of course (and filled with “tomater”)
The door leads to the small bathroom. The storage tins are from Åhléns and I liked the fact that they are in Swedish, which is quite unusual, it is more common with English in Sweden. The coffee tin actually contains tea, I always keep coffee in the fridge
My Latvian sister Z gave me a bag filled with books last week. She owns a printing company in Latvia and imagine that I was pleased that Swedish-Greek TV-personality and journalist Alexandra Pascalidou’s new cookbook has been printed by her company😉 Oh, and in case you didn’t know – Fairy liquid is called Dreft in France & Belgium, and Yes in Sweden
So yes, we keep our calendar in the kitchen but this one is not marked with birthdays yet. I get this particular calendar from my grandmother every year, it is printed by the local museum association and always contains lots of old photos from my hometown
The breakfast nook, or in this case the fika nook… It’s been too hot to actually sit on the terrace but it’s been very nice to keep the doors open. The Swedish newspaper was from the 11th June but I still read it from cover to cover. In the small bowl there is something called “kräm” which is almost like compote and you usually eat it with a little bit of milk. My mother gave me loads of packages of this stuff from the school where she works since they would expire before the children come back in August
Bon week-end as I will be telling people in Brussels today!
*) Actually the wrong municipality since we have moved, but I want to finish the procedure there before registering in the new administrative area.