Dag! Bonjour! Last night I arrived in Belgium so I thought it was time for a first post.
I arrived in Belgium at around 4pm yesterday, but by the time we got to their house it was nearly 7pm. I met the kids, Oscar and Leonie, who are both utterly adorable, had a bite to eat, unpacked and hit the sack. I woke up this morning relatively early to help get the kids ready for school – not that they needed any help, but it was great to see Oscar’s school which I’ll be picking him up from later today. For now, I’m sat around on their outdoor sofa (yes, it’s actually a thing!) reading, blogging and drinking coffee (they have an amazing coffee machine!) – I feel like I could get used to this!
It’s not all easy though, living with people you’ve just met and who speak a totally different language to you is pretty intense. My brain feels like it’s constantly working on overtime – especially because I’m switching between Dutch and French. The deal is that I speak French to the kids and Dutch with the parents, but in reality I’m speaking a lot more Dutch than French because the parents have been around a lot and they’ve been speaking Dutch to the kids.
Before I arrived in Belgium, I thought Belgian accents were great and the accent is still really lovely to listen to, but it’s crazy difficult to understand because it seems less annunciated. The words seem to all be merging into each other. Half the time I have no idea what people are saying, especially the kids who speak incredibly rapidly. I’m hoping it’ll get easier, well, it can’t get harder can it?
The family, house and area are all lovely, and I think I’m going to be happy here. I think I need a bit more time to settle in though, at the moment I feel like I’m being incredibly quiet and shy – which isn’t really me at all! I guess it’s natural though.
If you fancy praying for me, please pray that I’m able to feel integrated in the family and that I can be a blessing to them!