Hallo. Guten Abend. Guten Tag! (And all that stuff).
Last weekend I returned to Brussels. It felt really good to be home with my family. I spent a very peaceful and relaxing time with them, just doing nothing, reading, walking in the woods, and eating chocolate.
Obviously, I stocked up on Belgian chocolate — and also brown sugar : it does make a chocolate chip cookie taste better and I just can’t seem to find it here.
Speaking of food, I had a very Allisonish moment on the ride over. The loudspeaker had just announced that we would have a “kurzes Essen”, or brief dinner. My first thought was : Hey, food! So I didn’t need to buy a sandwich after all. And then we pulled into the main train station of a delightful little town called … Essen.
My journey home was unfortunately rather more eventful.
My first train (to Köln) was cancelled. I ended up having to take a train to Liège, where I caught a bus to Köln — there were about two hundred people waiting, and a hundred times less buses. That all took a bit of time, so I arrived rather late in Bremen. And once there, my bus would not leave the train station. All the driver would impart was that there was a police intervention going on, and that we were indefinitely stuck there. Thankfully, however, despite all this disturbance, I still had enough time at the Köln train station to savor a cake donut from Dunkin Donuts. That certainly puts all the hassle in perspective.
Otherwise, here in Bremen, the day has been bathed in glorious sunlight. I went for a calm walk in the Am Wall park. (This lovely park wiggles across the city, following the path of the ancient fortifications). The trees were green, the bluebells a pale lavender, and the rhododendrons ablaze with color. Long live nature!