Last month I gave myself a break. There is only one way to make the waiting in a long distance relationship go faster and that is to get out and keep active. It’s too hard to focus only on a list of chores that need to be done or to count the hours until we’ll have a chance to Skype.
September saw me visit the beautiful city of Strasbourg in Alsace. It was a bittersweet trip as this is where Mr B and I started. The city is gorgeous, with its famous cathedral, storks and the Petit France historic area. I’m hoping I’ll be able to return for the Christmas market at the end of the year which has to be one of the best in Europe given its blend of French and German traditions.
Back in Brussels, I took advantage of the journees du patromoine which always offer an amazing, officially sanctioned opportunity to gork around and look inside many of the landmark buildings across the city. I’ve been inside many of this year’s offerings thanks to work but I loved being able to peek inside one of the churches I pass regularly on my way to work but which up until now I’ve never seen open.
Sadly, I was disappointed by this year’s Kanal Festival. It’s a shame, as it is one of my favourites, given that it takes place in our neighbourhood. My overall feeling is that there was just not enough funding available to make the installations really worth seeing. The origami refugee camp, highlighting the plight of thousands of ‘sans papiers‘ in Belgium, was the clear highlight. Fingers crossed that next year things come together.