Some background. Brussels capital region is made up of 19 different communes. Each commune has it’s own government and voting powers. When looking at this map it makes it look as if the capital region is large when in fact it is actually very small. The capital region pictured above is only about 9 miles across. There are only 1 million people living in this 62 sq mile area.
Currently we are temporarily living in Etterbeek and our new home in a few weeks is in Watermael-Boitsfort. Before moving here I wanted to live in Ixelles, but the homes in the area were not quite what we were looking for.
Why such boring facts, because I didn’t get out much this week. I spent the better part of it curled up on the couch under a blanket, tossing snacks at the kids. Or, sitting in the fetal position in my tub in hot water to relax my ticked off kidney. For those interested, no it still has not passed, I am starting to worry. Surgery is not something I want to do in a new country.
In other news:
Bailey has been doing ok with the move, but she is still a little clingy. As I type this she is sitting on my lap staring at me. She spends most of the day sleeping under our comforter. She seems pretty chilly, despite her blubber.
School aged children here have more freedom than you can imagine. They take public transportation to and from school. They grab dinner on their way home. Like a crazy ol’ cat lady, I love watching them come home from school from my window. So happy, so free.
The only outing I made during the week was driving around to get lost. I like to do that in new towns because it helps me orient myself and find new things. I did find a McDonalds. Yes they have a royal with cheese and yes it’s still gross over here too.
And now, presenting LIER, Belgium.