City life · Life

The first day of spring

So it’s here. At least according to Facebook that told me so on Sunday morning. And my response to Facebook (and by extension to the whole world) was SHUT UP.

Because the calendar might indicate that March is almost over. But the weather in Brussels does not want to let go. It’s still really cold, not even sunny, and I think it’s getting me down. Having grown up in Greece, I never really thought how weather can have an impact on my mood. It was usually sunny and warm and years went by just like that without having to think twice how blessed the country is with this amazing weather.

And then I moved to London but again I didn’t care, because London was such a wildly new city, so fascinating and full of things I wanted to see and do, that I didn’t give much thought to the cold and the rain.

And then I moved to Brussels. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t love this city that I’ve learnt to call home, but there are a few things that really SUCK, one of them being the weather.

I can’t remember another time in the past years that lack of sun and warmth made me so cranky. I want to escape, I’m no motivated to work AT ALL, I’m thinking at the clothes in my closet and feel desperate, I don’t even know why I went on a diet a few days ago – it’ll never be warm enough for anyone to see my thighs anyway!

And all this is getting me seriously down.

And there’s not much I can do about it. Except for (1) traveling (2) trying to enjoy my little city as much as possible.

And so I went for number 2 this last weekend with the company of very good friends (omg, I’m so blessed to have good friends, it’s like the greatest consolation in life…). Saturday was about coffee at this cute little place (that I couldn’t recommend more to Brusselians – yes, this is how I call people living in Brussels (like I would do for Brazilians – lol)) and then dinner here (super delicious meatballs with yogurt sauce, fresh mint and some eggplant spread – no, I did not take any pictures of my meal!!!) and then dancing the night off listening to Destiny’s Child and Busta Rhymes which means pure and total bliss.

And Sunday was about getting my culture juices flowing 🙂 We visited Wiels, a contemporary art center, i.e. a great place for my weekly dosage of hipsters (and their adorable children!!!!), and then we went to a listening session of Leonard Cohen’s first album at the Ancienne Belgique* and then I returned happily at home to this view.

At Place Flagey, aka my neighborhood in Brussels.
And it kind of made me feel better and ready for spring.

So how did you spend your first day of spring?

At Wiels (this is probably one of the most artistic pictures I’ve ever taken)
The panoramic view from Wiels’ terrace. One thing I love about Belgium is the skies – cloudporn big time!

At the Ancienne Belgique bar after the Leonard Cohen listening session. There are a few times in my life I’ve felt as serene as when the session was over.
*(AB is one of the most famous concert places in Brussels. Everyone and their mother have played there. Every few weeks they hold these listening sessions of classic albums for free, where after a short introduction of about 30 minutes on the artist and the album, you get to listen to the whole album with super good sound quality and without any interruptions. Is this the best meditation you can think of or what??????


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