Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Seattle of Europe

That's my new name for Belgium, since apparently it rains a lot here. I have to say, there's been a fair amount of precipitation since I got here, both rain and snow. Although I gather that snow's pretty unusual--apparently I chose an uncommonly cold winter to move here.

Rain I don't mind. But I'm told that overcast skies are the norm and sunny days are rare. That does give me pause... but once again, it's a prime example of the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for." After years of complaining about the incessant sun and lack of rain in Los Angeles, I now get to enjoy the exact opposite.

It's also dark. Sunrise is around 7:30 am, although the sky doesn't really begin to lighten until about 8:00. Sunset is around 4:30 pm and it's dark by 5:00. Short days. (Brussels is at approximately the same latitude as Calgary.) I'm hoping this means that summer days will be really long.


  1. That's pretty much how it is up here in Portland. The summer days are super long. When we first moved here I had a hard time going to bed at night because it was still light, sometimes not getting dark until after 10pm.

  2. So, honey, I'm kind of curious: What prompted you to move there? -- PJ

  3. A couple of things... I needed a job, but not just a job--a new career. And I needed to get out of L.A. Also, I'd always wanted to try living in Europe and have the chance to do more traveling.

  4. My first winter was very depressing. It took me so long to get used to the lack of sun. Now, however, I find that I am used to the bad weather to the point where sunny days give me an enormous endorphin rush. I wouldn't trade that feeling for the world!