Weeknotes 2022 W29: Belgium

I am in Belgium! These weeknotes will be a bit lighter than usual.

My train trip to Belgium on Thursday did not work out as planned. All trains before noon were fully booked and I had to take a train just after lunchtime. My connection from Cologne to Brussel got cancelled due a train breakdown. I ended up with two hours extra to spend in Cologne, and arrived only close to midnight at my mom’s place — around 12h of total travel time. Whew.

I made a sourdough loaf on Wednesday, but by the time I gave it to my mom, I felt it had already dried out a little and somewhat stale. I should’ve packaged it better. (There’s nothing quite like a fresh loaf.)


I attended a family gathering on Saturday for my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I hadn’t seen many of my family members since 2012, and I couldn’t immediate recognize some of my cousins. Wild!

That gathering was also the largest one I’ve been to since COVID-19 hit, and I was a bit worried because all COVID-19 restrictions in Belgium are gone, and I have literally not seen a single person in Belgium wearing a mask. The vibe I’m picking up from Belgians seem to be “we don’t do it because we don’t have to” — which I find to be rather egocentric and not community-minded at all.


I got the second COVID-19 booster on Tuesday, before my trip to Belgium, and felt just fine afterwards! Perhaps just a little sore on my left shoulder and a little tired, though the tiredness would probably be explained by the hot weather too.


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Weeknotes for week of July 18th, 2022. Browse the weeknotes archive, get these weeknotes via email or subscribe to the web feed.
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