Two years and ten months since our big move from the UK to Belgium; today we start our next adventure with our move from Brussels to Dubai. I’m excited, really excited to move to the Middle East. It has been tough getting everything sorted, but now all 78 jobs have been ticked off the list and I’m itching to take out a fresh sheet of paper and start a whole new one for the weeks following our arrival.
I have loved our time in Belgium. Sure there have been some challenges, but the positives far outweigh them. The country itself is absolutely beautiful, so many wonderful little towns and villages, incredible views to drink in and stunning castles to photograph.
From a travel point of view, Belgium has been the perfect base for us to get out and explore Europe. When I first arrived, I’d been to nine European countries, I added seven more to the list during the first 18 months (Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands and Vatican City) and another eight (Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland) since I set myself the TCC Europe challenge.
Being so far out of my comfort zone, I have definitely learnt A LOT about myself and thankfully my marriage is stronger than ever! Philip and I are very different in lots of ways, but we’ve had to work together to solve all sorts of problems, which isn’t something that we find easy!
There are a few things that I’d do differently if I was moving to Belgium again. To start with I would definitely rent an apartment in the centre of Brussels. Where we lived (Woluwe Saint Pierre) was lovely, but we both prefer to be right in the centre of things and WSP is just a smidge too far out.
I’d also work a great deal harder on my French. I did start a course, but once I had the basics covered, I didn’t really continue with it and I should have. I’m actually going to start my French lessons up again in Dubai, it has frustrated me that I’m not at least proficient and I want to remedy that.
What’s next? I’m not 100% certain what I want to do yet. Obviously continue with VHE and keep growing it and start adding video, plus I want to do something with the TEFL Masters that I completed this year. Other than that, I’m keeping things open, I have a few ideas, but nothing I’m going to share quite yet.
I am looking forward to lots more travel, from Dubai we can easily reach the rest of the Middle East (obviously), plus India, Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe and loads of other places. And there is lots of new food to get my fork into.
Thanks for having us Brussels, it has been a blast 🙂