Saturday, April 15, 2006

Goodbye Belgium, Hello India!

It was a grey, wet, cold Good Friday and there was no spring feeling at all. On top of that my last work days were quite hectic, as always just before vacation. I feel a bit guilty as I spent my last hour sending mails about my to do list that I did not finish myself, to team members with task assignments. hmm not a nice goodbye to them. But I truly hope they finish some of those tests to give me some breathing space when I return. Next week they start giving training at the next and last platforms and I am arriving in the middle of that training with not much time left before the new deadlines. oops scary, but that's problems for May. May is still far away, there is first much vacation in between May and now!

Tonight I spent packing my suitcase, a task I truly dislike and that I always postpone. Rather than getting it quickly over with, I tend to make it longer than needed by running around inefficiently. I must say that it is weird to pack summer clothes while here it's still winter temperatures. I made my challenge and packed a bit less than usual (and thanx to Jans suitcase the sum of our suitcases won't be overweight even not on the internal Indian flight :-) ).

So feeling really tired on this good friday - quiet saturday night, I am ready to embrace my vacation. Yeaah. I am fairly curious about India. I don't know really what to expect: people, climate, landscape, culture, food, .... We didn't plan really so we'll see if it becomes mainly a beach vacation or a very cultural/natural one. There is plenty of it all to choose from. I am sure time will fly by much tooo quickly.

I might be able to log on in the hotel, if not....talk to you in 16 days then!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

an early easter bunny

This morning I quickly had to stop at my parents house when I saw something small moving in the garden. Much to my surprise I saw a big brown rabbit with his cute white little tale jumping along on the grass. (while I type this I all of sudden think of "The velveteen rabbit", a book that my sister gave me when she came back from her exchange...I need to look for it again!).

When I saw the rabbit I was a little confused as I thought it was already Easter. But of course it could not be a easter bunny since the bells have not yet left for Rome to collect the chocolate easter eggs. You know in Belgium or Western Europe I suppose, the bells in the church towers are silent from Good Friday 3 PM onwards after they ring for the last time their solemn bells (to remember when Jesus died) up to Easter morning when all morning all church towers will ring their happy bells. There is no Easter without that sound, I really missed it in Canada on my exchange. There is actually no true marriage or true funeral without the appropriate bells I believe. They can really move me!
So anyway, we believe in Belgium that while the bells are silent they fly to Rome (all of a sudden they appear to have wings) and they come back with loads and loads of chocolate eggs. Which with the help of the Easter bunnies they hide in all gardens and city parks on Easter night. So on Sunday morning all children in Belgium have this big search in their garden (or if you live in an appartment you can go to a city park) to search for eggs.




But talking with my dad, the rabbit only prooved to be an escaped neighbourhood rabbit who was no driving my dad crazy as the grass was full of proof of its presence :p.

The rabbit and the sunshine and the first flowers truly give me a spring feeling this week. Well the temperatures are still way to low. With Easter it should already be much warmer, but at least nature is giving us good hope. You see that the trees are ready to pop all their little new leaves out as soon as it heats up a little and in the mean time all the Narcisses (= Easterlilies in Dutch) have already appeared in all gardens and parks. Yippeee, that's great.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

water leak no april joke

This morning when we left my appartment (after a rain shower and on a very windy morning) I told Jan when I saw the water running over the street "there is a leak" "the water comes out of the street, it's not from the rain anymore". But he didn't believe me and said it was from the rain and now the wind playing in a little puddle. OK I admit, it could have sound like an april joke but I really thought that little bits of water came out of the street.

Tonight we came back home and the street was blocked by the water company, who were drilling and digging in the street....... Guess who was right this morning!