Well hello there! And happy (belated) New Year all. After a month off from blogging I’m slowly making my way out of my holiday coma (i.e. hiatus from all things digital) and getting back to life, including a new job I’m starting today (!). So to kick off this year on the right foot, I thought about making a few resolutions. Last year I made three on this blog, so let’s take a quick review of how I did before making any new ones.
- Keep writing - Check! Whoo, glad I did at least one of these.
- Explore more – Sort of. More to come on this in a minute.
- Stop eating frites – Complete fail, but hey if you live in Brussels, is this really even an option?
For 2013 I’m going to take a slightly different approach. Instead of resolutions in the traditional sense, I’ve decided to make a list of new things to try in Brussels. Even after more than 10 years of living in this fine city, there are still a few things that I’ve never managed to do. So here we go.
#1 Get up early enough on a Saturday morning (or stay up late enough the night before) to go to the Mabru market in Laeken. I love all the different neighborhood markets in Brussels, but this is the ultimate one. Something like 40,000 square meters of space, with 150 vendors selling produce, flowers, meat, fish, cheese, etc. I have to admit that I’ve actually listed this as something to try a while back and never got around to it. 2013 will be the year.
#2 Track down the Keep on Toasting food truck and have a gourmet croquet monsieur. It’s completely shameful that I haven’t done this yet so will get on it right away. Hey, I don’t need to tell myself twice to eat something yummy! Ok that’s kind of an easy one.
#3 Go up to the top of the Porte de Hal tower for a different view of Brussels.
#4 Bid on something at Art Truc Troc. I’ve been to this very rather unique art show before but never had the courage to actually place a bid on an item. This year’s exhibition will be 1-3 February at BOZAR.
#5 Go for a run in Bois de la Cambre. Ok this may seem kind of lame. I’m not completely adverse to jogging, I’ve made laps around Cinquantenaire, Etangs d’Ixelles and Parc de Bruxelles, but have never made it for a loop around the Bois. More inspiration on running routes in Brussels see here, here and here.
#6 Take visiting friends on a bike tour of Brussels.
#7 Go to a jazz concert with the husband. I’ve had the chance to hear some really good jazz in Brussels, both at the Music Village and various concerts at Flagey, but sadly the husband has never been able to join. This sounds like a perfect date night for 2013. Some of my picks on where to go.
Ok that’s a bit of a long list, but hopefully I can pull it off and that it’s also given you a few ideas on some things to try.
What else would be on your to do list for Brussels in 2013? Share your suggestions!