And So It Goes…

by emily on June 6, 2012

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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sam Hill June 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

I’m gutted! We are visiting Brussels (again) for the food and beer fest in September and we really hoped to go for a drink with you. We will enjoy it for you.
Good luck with everything in your future especially the cicerone courses – a very worthwhile endeavour.

Meredith June 7, 2012 at 7:15 am

Best of luck in this exciting new stage of your life Emily! I’m sure that your journey in becoming a Cicerone will take you to many diverse destinations. Reverse culture shock can be heartbreaking and confusing but remember to be gentle on yourself and take things one step at a time. Seeing my home country with ‘fresh eyes’ and reconnecting with friends and family eased my own culture shock four months prior. In time, you will be able to enjoy your new ‘culture shock’ outlook and it will bring positive changes :)

Take care,

Jane June 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

It was so great getting to know you and swap Brussels stories with a fellow American blogger :) The city will miss you for sure but hopefully we’ll get a chance to see you again for a visit. All the best in your new adventures!

emily June 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

@ Sam: What bad timing on my part! However, I’m sure you two will have a great time at Beer Fest. Plus, I’m planning on being in the UK at some point in the near future for a month or two, so I’ll keep you updated if and when that happens.

@ Meredith: Thanks! And good luck with your move to Brussels!

@ Jane: It was great getting to know you as well! I’ll be back in Brussels, don’t worry :) Oh, and I’ll wave to Wisconsin for you when I’m visiting there in October.

sarah June 8, 2012 at 3:57 am

hello there!
hope you don’t mind a comment from a stranger follower! i’m moving to belgium in september and have really enjoyed your blog. many, many congratulations on your new adventure!

sarah :)

Nil June 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Emilyyyyyyy! We miss you!!! But enjoy the bears and other aspects of your “Northern Exposure” adventure, and keep writing! Big hug,


Alison June 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

We will definitely miss you in Brussels but this new stage of your life sounds super exciting! Wishing you all the best and I hope you come back and visit!

Ashley June 25, 2012 at 1:44 am

Good luck with the reverse culture shock.

I see you’re in Alaska now, but more importantly when will you next be in MI? I’m moving to Boston (via Michigan) in a month and will be Up North for most of July. Mainly – do you want to meet up at Shorts?

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