I should get out more

December 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I spend a fair amount of time at home and in and around our neighborhood. Luckily, I really do love our house, and I can take a walk or quick tram ride to do most of the things I need to do. It has also been a nice antidote to my previous life, in Brooklyn, when things often felt quite frazzled. It took two different subway trains to get Sebastian to school each morning, even before our commutes to work. Sometimes, while climbing the final set of stairs from the subway to reach the bustle of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan, I would allow myself to wonder if this was a normal way to live. (Not that I had any complaints about my workplace.) When you live in New York, the answer to this is yes. And no matter how much one may love that fine city—and I do—it can get to you after a while. So these days I don’t mind doing my freelance work at the dining table, and at 3:30 taking a walk to get the kids.

And yet I really should get out and explore my adopted town a bit more. Last week a friend was in town from London for a meeting, and we met for coffee. It’s no secret that when compared to nearby London and Paris, Brussels can be . . . underwhelming. Yes, it’s rough around the edges and arguably less dynamic, but it also has an underdog’s charm. Even as I poke fun at certain things, I find myself defending our little corner of the world. On my way to coffee last week I took my camera along, and while I didn’t purposely seek anything out or have a particular plan in mind, I found myself snapping away. I look forward to taking more walks in the months to come and trying to capture some of the beauty—and quirks—of Brussels.

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Construction. Always construction.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The entire Sablon area was filled with the aroma of biscuits and chocolate. Is this the smell of Christmas, or is it always like this and I’ve never noticed before?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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