Spring in Belgium

…or something like that. (seeing as it is still 48 degrees outside)

Our apologies again for being totally out of touch for the last few weeks (cough cough months).

In the name of a quick catch-up, here’s what we’ve been up to:

-in mid-February, we took a few days to get to know our country a bit better. We took the train each day to a new city. We toured Dinant, Liege, and Antwerp. Dinant is an adorable little town in Wallonia (French speaking region of Belgium), the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, and the home of Leffe brewery. We are definitely planning to return when the weather gets warmer. Liege was the lowest on our list except for when it came to meatballs… the size of baseballs. Go there if you are hungry. Antwerp is in Flanders (Dutch speaking region of Belgium) and is the best of both worlds: it looks like Brussels but it has the cool vibe of Amsterdam. We loved the boutique and local shops and our Jenever tasting. I’ve included a small sampling of images from the trip but if you’d like to see more, I’ve uploaded the whole adventure here.

We quickly got back to the grind between work, school, French class, and training for the Brussels 20k at the end of May. In the meantime, we headed to Rotterdam with two of our favorites. We had been to Amsterdam, adored it, and were curious to see if we would like other Dutch cities. Besides the cold, drizzly weather, we loved the funky/industrial vibe of the city and the fact that you could basically stumble into any restaurant, cafe, or bar and have great results. For more pictures of our weekend jaunt, check here.

We have 4 more French classes in Level 1B, Alex is wrapping up his classes & papers now, and Tracy is on day 1 of a 2 week Spring Break. This weekend, we welcome our 3rd set of visitors (Alex’s sister & BIL) and after showing them around Brussels, we’ll show them what we know of Paris. Then, just the 2 of us are heading to the south of France to ride bicycles around Provence. Definitely more pictures to come. Stay tuned, because Alex has a lot to tell you about his Belgian Beer discoveries!