I never thought I would leave Belgium after moving back to Brussels in 2009. And now that I have, I find myself struggling with how to tell you, the reader, that I left Belgium for the US at the end of April.
Many of you come here because of your interest in Belgium and Brussels, whether it’s connected via traveling, food or beer. Some of you are here for the times when I dabble in recipes. There are also the many of you who come because you know me, so telling you why I left seems redundant.
So the facts are these: after living and working in Brussels for three years, I decided to move back to the US. I’ve been struggling to make this move public because partly, it seems absurd. I still can’t believe I left the city that I enjoy so much. Publicly announcing the change also scares me because it means that I have to face the reality of my decision and reverse culture shock is an intimidating thing to handle.
At the same time, while I’m sad and scared to have left my Belgian life and job behind, there are newer and more challenging prospects ahead – like throwing myself deeper into the worlds of beer, brewing and traveling. Which is what I’m going to be doing a lot of in the near future as I train to become a certified Cicerone.
This means I will continue to write about Brussels and Belgium because it will remain a part of who I am. I have friends there and a part of my life will always exist in that often-overlooked bit on the European map. I will also continue to write about food, culture and traveling because that is who I am and those are things I will never stop doing. The subject of beer, and the culture surrounding it, will obviously also stay and take up some real estate on The Petit Four.
So I guess this now makes everything official and explains the sporadic schedule of posting for the last few weeks. More posts about Brussels and Belgian culture are coming up, but also, some new topics and vistas will start gracing these pages. I’m pretty excited about the upcoming additions and writing about the new opportunities. In the meantime, if any of you are spending time in Brussels, take good care of it for me. I can’t wait to get back.