17
May

Operation Goldilocks

Hi. It’s been almost a month since I posted here and the reasons for that is actually quite simple. I am no longer in Vancouver.

I would like to add a statement of sadness behind that sentence, cause it is sad, but it isn’t all gloom, but let us start at the beginning.

After wrapping up my exams (which I passed easily, though didn’t aced), I spend some time on the phone with various airplane carriers, trying to find an early flight back home. The problem with that was that there was still the issue of the active Icelandic Vulcano which had stranded many people. After it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to fly home earlier from Vancouver, I changed plans and rescheduled my flight (or actually bought a new ticket) for three days earlier and this time out of Seattle.

“Are you in such a hurry to leave Vancouver?” I can hear you ask. And the answer is: not really. Vancouver and Canada have been absolutely amazing and I do miss it there, but I needed to leave, if for no other reason than then fact that my lease was up and I needed to move on with my life. And in my enthusiasm and crazy mind, I wanted to go home sooner rather than later so I could surprise some friends at their concert. For that reason, I left Vancouver, after a wonderful goodbye dinner, on Tuesday and headed for the U.S. After some not so friendly border guards, I was admitted and late Tuesday afternoon, I arrived in the Emerald City. I spend a couple of hours looking around the neighbourhood, mostly the Space Needle and park and then retired in my hotel.

The flight back from Seattle when quite smoothly, apart from all the crying, but luckily, there was no one in the seat next to me and I cried silently and with my eyes closed, so here’s hoping no one noticed the waterworks.

Operation Goldilocks was a success. Okay, there was the emotional issue, probably not helped by the 40-something hours of sleeplessness, but all in all, it worked out. Some people did see me enter the concert, but others didn’t and it was a nice evening. Next time, more planning required, and possibly a disguise, the blond thing is noticeable it seems.

Coming back to Belgium, as I’ve said, has been great. I’ve missed Vancouver, the things and people there, but I did enjoy seeing everyone back. The fact that I live at home is a bitch as is the fact that exams are coming up, but I’m keeping somewhat busy, picking photo’s, playing games (xbox is out for repair) and whatnot.

As it currently stands, I’ve moved out of my parents home and into a new room at my brother’s place. It’s not perfect, I still have a shitty commute and people still have exams, but I have room – in every sense, to go about my business now. In the mean time, I’m busy looking for a job. The editorial test and interview last week went well, another one didn’t and I’m currently waiting to hear back from one of them. Other options are also in the works. In the mean time, I’m just doing some evening and weekend work in the library in order to fatten up my bank account once more, though they don’t pay out until next month, which, well, sucks.

Another thing on the agenda is a redesign of this blog. I’m probably not going to change everything, just spruce up some of the graphics and recode some stuff that isn’t working properly. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

By the way, if I don’t forget, I’ll be posting in English once again from now on. I promised Canada I would and it makes it easier for me.