Some days are just hard. Because Strasbourg weeks are always busy, both for those who are in Strasbourg and for those two “stay behind” in Brussels (there are less freelancers around so there’s more work), our days are packed with meetings. On top of that, next year the European elections will take place, and that of course has a major impact on how legislative work is being done and will be done, which directly translates in how much (or little) work there is for interpreters. In a nutshell, we will be working a lot until March, then there’s going to … Continue reading Strasbourg week… from Brussels
I am a summer person. But as a runner, I’ve learnt to appreciate the crisp Autumn mornings, and even I, the lover of warm weather, concede that September light is the most beautiful light of the year. Strasbourg is my … Continue reading Autumn in Brussels – farmers’ market!
Wise is a wonderful initiative – a continuous professional development course organised by interpreters for interpreters. It is not intended for students, but for professionals who wish to get some practice in with colleagues in an informal, relaxed environment. Wise has been going on for a few years now, but this year sounded like the perfect year for me to give it a go. The organisers – JJ, Joe and José – offered two separate weeks in Brussels and one in Valencia. I only applied for Brussels because, well, we have a place to stay here 😉 I only focused … Continue reading WISE(r)
We got married in the mountains and we celebrated our first wedding anniversary at the seaside. To be honest, we didn’t have much of a choice, as mountains are non existent in Belgium and we are working for one more … Continue reading First wedding anniversary!
Today was a loooong day. I turned 28 yesterday, went to bed early, and woke up today at 4.15 am, 1 year older than yesterday and ready to roll. We were going to Hoorn, NL, for a half marathon. It … Continue reading Trip to the sea + Horn Half Marathon
Tendonitis? Check. Cold? Check. Sore throat? Check. Hot, humid weather? Check. Francesco wasn’t sure he’d start today. The 20k of Brussels is a brutal race: incredibly hilly and incredibly hot. After running it last year, I had decided I would … Continue reading 20km de Bruxelles – report from the one on the bike
So you bought a flat/apartment/house. You climbed mountains of paperwork, defied the local/regional/national administration, solved all the bureaucratic and incomprehensible problems with your notary who only speaks Legalese, defeated the red tape and are now the proud owner of your … Continue reading Where to buy furniture in Brussels
As Chiara mentioned, we recently moved to a new flat and our new bedroom offers this kind of view; do you like it? Continue reading Our new bedroom is a first row aisle on the sunrise…
Here comes a handy list. Run your marathon first, move second. You will have plenty more time to devote to moving than you would otherwise! Walking and carrying heavy stuff will not sound appealing to you, but it will help … Continue reading Moving: a survival guide
In my previous article on my personal PFAP, I told you a little bit about about what life is like for the interpreters during the European Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg. Now, since the article was well received and I … Continue reading What do you do in there? How an EP committee meeting works