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Offline Splash

Brussels Move
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:01:06 pm »
Find myself in Brussels. Not at all what I had planned and have nothing to do with politics.  Was lucky enough to find an accounting position with IKEA providing temporary capacity while they implement an in-house project.

IKEA has been an exceptional employer and provided endless support, especially almost all that I needed to know about Belgium. They help with all the administrative requirements which are numerous and still on going. My latest process is to get a Drivers License which may take up to two months. Have no car so no rush, at the moment. Have been eyeing cars though.

For the first month I stayed in a fully furnished business flat in Evere which is on the outskirts of Brussels. It is French speaking and has many flat buildings. Was on the 7th floor. It is not far from NATO headquarters.

Had to find my own apartment and started searching from day one. The amazing thing is that the first apartment I viewed was the one I ended up taking. Did see several others but this one had something none of the other could beat, just 1km from the office Ė an easy bicycle ride or walk. An absolute pleasure to be able to enjoy lunch at home and not to have to sit in traffic. It is in Zaventem, also the location of the airport. Still getting used to overhead planes though. 

Had to furnish it. Very helpful to be close to an IKEA store, which has become my second home.

Moving day was especially stressful as I had to buy a bed and also assemble it. Was at the store first thing collecting all the various items I needed and stacking trolleys at the checkout. Had to manhandle four trolleys by the end. They have a taxi service to transport purchases home.  They would not carry purchases upstairs and left it all at the buildingís entrance. I begged for help to at least carry my mattress upstairs which the driver agreed to, but only for Ä5. Once all was inside the question was whether I would be sleeping on the floor or in a bed. I carefully followed the instructions not wanting to end up with a bed that looked like a cupboard. My neighbours could not have been too happy as I was building past midnight. At least I could fall asleep in my new bed that night. Continued the next day with a cupboard which luckily did not look like a bed. Also assembled a desk and a chair. The luxury of the necessities of life.

Over the almost now two months I have been an avid homemaker. Moved onto a lounge suite and then a dinning room set. Also had to do something about laundry and bought a washing machine. This was at least installed in my bathroom.

Things become high tech with the installation of Wi-Fi and cable (Flemish and French language). Connected to the world and the acquisition of a TV.

Enjoyed the assembly of furniture and have had fun trying to be an interior decorator. Swedish design has made my life easier and have not been disappointed.

So far, only had one major disaster with a half build cupboard collapsing when I tried to lift it up. Was not careful enough and ended up ripping all the screws out. With a little wood filler and turning it upside-down, it is now built and standing.   

So far, happy with life and hope to soon start doing some exploring around Brussels. Still have a 2nd bedroom to look at, not to mention 50 boxes on their way.
Gone traveling.
 

Offline Splash

Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 05:03:34 pm »
Pictures
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 05:04:45 pm »
Pictures
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 05:09:10 pm »
Pictures
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2017, 05:23:35 pm »
Thanks for sharing and giving us a bit off insight as to living there.
I for one know nothing off the country and appreciate you taking the time to post this.
Keep it coming. :sip:
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2017, 05:43:10 pm »
Thanks for sharing and giving us a bit off insight as to living there.
I for one know nothing off the country and appreciate you taking the time to post this.
Keep it coming. :sip:

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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2017, 06:36:28 pm »
keep it coming! I'll live through you vicariously

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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 08:08:36 pm »
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 09:30:55 pm »
My home town
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 10:04:52 pm »
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2017, 10:11:58 pm »
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the plutonium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. Itís a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 09:10:52 am »
Congrats - very nice. Will check in on this thread daily - love reading about people living overseas. Please keep us updated. Thank you!
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2017, 09:19:04 am »
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the plutonium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. Itís a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

My daughter and I went with friends to Stonehenge about 3 years ago, they live in Basingstoke and then on to the New Forest (daughter is/ was horse mad) to see the wild new forest ponies, some magic pubs in the forest as well.  :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2017, 09:32:01 am »
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the Atomium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. Itís a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

Fixed  :biggrin:

Agree though, Brussels is a cool town
 

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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2017, 09:03:06 pm »
Good for you Splash, your persistence paid off. Well done !!  :thumleft:
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2017, 09:10:34 pm »
Good for you Splash, your persistence paid off. Well done !!  :thumleft:
Has been a journey and a half. Thanks.  :)
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Brussels Move
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2017, 09:56:14 pm »
Nice Splash. Zaventem is a great town - just close enough to and far enough away from Brussels city centre.

All the best with settling in.

Christmas market should be coming up soon, which is well worth an evening (or a few) walking the city.
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2017, 09:57:39 pm »
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the plutonium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. Itís a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

My daughter and I went with friends to Stonehenge about 3 years ago, they live in Basingstoke and then on to the New Forest (daughter is/ was horse mad) to see the wild new forest ponies, some magic pubs in the forest as well.  :biggrin: :biggrin:

You should come visit.  Nice pubs in my neck of the woods an loads of them.
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2017, 09:59:14 pm »
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the Atomium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. Itís a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

Fixed  :biggrin:

Agree though, Brussels is a cool town

Haha yes of course.

Went there with my grandad in 76. Damn now I am all melancholy.
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Re: Brussels Move
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2017, 11:04:29 pm »
Place doesn't look bad at all! Nice furniture  :biggrin:

I really hope you enjoy life in Brussels :thumleft:

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