I talked about how 2014 was going to be a year of changes and it didn't take long for those changes to start happening. In less than 1 week back in February the boyfriend went to a interview, got offered a job and moved to Belgium to work in a restaurant/bar in Mons, leaving me to finish college here. It was all so exciting, nerve wracking and fast! Last year in my summer post I actually talked about how we were thinking about moving to Spain for the summer so it was crazy that this opportunity came up - laws of attraction and all that. A month later he got transferred to Brussels. About the same time his best friend got a job in Brussels working for the same company so him and his gf moved over and the three of them started living together. I loved that he had people there from home to keep him company and the four of us get on really well so that was great! I did start to feel a little left out and just so excited to finish college and head over myself in the summer.
Fast forward 6 difficult, lonely, busy weeks and Easter break was finally here. I worked like crazy to keep up with college work so that I could take a few days off. On the morning of the 16th of April (my birthday) after a busy day and no sleep I got myself ready at 3am and running on adrenaline went to the airport, hopped on a plane, shut my eyes for an hour and a half and then heard the announcement that we'd be landing soon in Le Charleroi. As soon as I could see the sun shining, fields of grass, a couple of roads and a carpark I was almost ready to burst with excitement! I collected my bags, walked out to the sunshine and there he was, bopping along towards me. We took the bus and train to Brussels where I was treated to a birthday breakfast waffle at 9am (when in brussels hey...) which was delicious but oh so filling and headed towards the apartment.
Later on we walked down to where he works as he had to manage a stock delivery. I sat in the closed bar having a chat with staff while enjoying a few birthday cocktails. The sun was shining and it was lovely to walk around in awe. Brussels is beautiful and the ex architect student in me was delighted. We're pretty close to the Grand Place which is this amazing square of reconstructed buildings. The four of us headed out for some birthday drinks and met up with some of their friends from work. It was so nice to sit and relax with him, have a catch up in person without expensive phone bills or dodgy internet connections! Definitely not the birthday I thought I'd have this year but a brilliant day!
The next day the two boys headed off to work and myself and the other girlfriend chilled out, went for dinner and went to hang out in their pubs for a few drinks waiting for them to finish work. While I was there I did some work myself, helping the boyfriends manager with some computer and design things, photographing a band that was shooting a music video and just helping out with what I could while keeping up with college assignments. This was great because it meant I was allowed to hang out in the bar all day and spend time with the boyfriend without being in the way...I hope. Also gave me something to do while he was busy at work.
The few days went so fast and unfortunately we didn't get a lot of time together because he was working everyday from 2pm until at least 2am but it was so great to see him even just a little. It went so quickly that I didn't get to be much of a tourist but I'm looking forward to doing that during the summer. We were up bright and early on the fifth day to make our way to the airport - and by up I mean we got home from work about 20mins before we had to leave for the airport. I was gutted to be home and it took me a few days out of the "post holiday blues" funk. The next time I see him will hopefully be for his birthday in June when if all goes to plan I'll be going back with him to Brussels... so excited!