Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I have been such a downer lately and posting about stuff that annoys me here in Brussels, that I really need to share in some of the loves I have from my experience of living in Europe. So here are some:
  • I love being in the center of Europe and within a couple of hours of fabulous places!
  • I love being able to share my opportunities and blessings with my family and friends who are able to come visit and those who live vicariously through me by reading my blog.
  • I love my blog! What a great way to document your memories!
  • I love the farmer's markets around Brussels and other cities.
  • I love the ease of train travel.
  • I love, love, LOVE my apartment and garden in Brussels. I live in a fabulous neighborhood!
  • I love the 'cafe' life in Europe. It is so cozy and relaxing to just hang out and have a drink!
  • I love all of the festivals held in many neighborhoods around the year.
  • I love all of the fabulous places I have visited and explored.
  • I love the ease of public transportation in many European cities.
  • I love that dogs are accepted most places and can travel freely.
  • I love My Maxie!!
  • I love getting to see how other cultures live on a day to day basis and what makes them happy.
  • I love how the Internet makes the world seem so small!
  • I love, love, love my Vonage phone!
  • I love the city center in European cities. They have such charm and character to them and the architecture is unbelievable.
  • I love how old and preserved everything is over here!
  • I love how simple life is over. Europeans know how to live and focus on what is important...faith and family.
  • I love how Europeans live life without the materialistic things that Americans think are important (huge house, huge car, huge diamond on their finger).
  • I love how I can walk almost anywhere in European cities and not have to drive.
  • I love the small amount of hot weather we have to endure. (It is 65 degrees in Brussels right now!)
  • I love the locally owned 'mom and pop' shops and restaurants.
  • I love the waffles in Brussels!
  • I love all of the chocolate in Brussels!
  • I love, love, love the friends I have met here.
  • I love experiencing living in Europe (all of it....good, bad or indifferent).
  • I love the thought of being where God wanted to be at the time He wanted me to be here.


  1. I love getting to live vicariously through you... it's like Riley and I have a secret view into the world through you and Maxie! :)

  2. What a GREAT post!! This will definitely be one for the memory bank...when you get back home to the typical American life, you can look back on this post and remember the great things you loved while living in Europe! The things you'll miss most about it and probably spend the rest of your life trying to replicate or find in a small way back home. And I love your last bullet point...it is last but certainly not least and that makes it very powerful. A great way to sum up your experience, all good and bad together!

    I hope you are having fun in Copenhagen. I remember the amusement park you are going to. We were there in May and the flowers were so gorgeous. As with everywhere in Europe, their gardens are so beautiful. Kathy rode one of the rides...that shoots you straight up and then drops you straight down. Susan and I stood at the bottom, thankfully with our stomachs proudly planted where they belonged, while Kathy had moments where her stomach leapt up in her throat!

    Don't forget to find the Little Mermaid!!

    ENJOY!!! Keep focusing on what you love (regardless of where you are) and you'll have a very very full life!

    Thanks for reminding us of that!