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.


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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