Wednesday, September 3, 2008


This morning I went to a meeting to discuss my 'inburgering'.  Beginning in November, i'll begin taking classes in the afternoon to integrate me into Belgian society.  I tried to explain to the lady that i've been coming to Belgium since 1992, and that this course seemed more than slightly superfluous.  I'm assuming they are going to teach me about the country, their political system (or lack thereof) and how to use the tram.  they might also delve into the world of fries and chocolate...and if i'm lucky, lace.

I'm not really upset that I have to take the class; I'm sure that i'll learn some useful things.  I think i'm more annoyed that several times per week I'll have to travel to Borgerhout to sit in a classroom and learn a bunch of stuff that I already know.  After I finish my language course and inburgering, hopefully I'll be able to find a job that I like.  

A few months before we moved here to Belgium, I received my certificate as a licensed hypno-birthing instructor.  I'd also like to finish my certificate in hypnosis and hypnotherapy, but the truth is, I don't really know if there is a market for that here.  I'll have to do some research.  I know that hypnotherapy exists just about everywhere.  In this case, and every other case, it seems I'm just going to have to find my niche.

As far as I know, there is a market for alternative therapies everywhere.  If it exists in Antwerp, I'll surely find it!  And if that doesn't work out, I'll sit on the street and play my ukulele, which might be lucrative after all!


yaffle said...

inburgering? sound delicious!

Nordica said...

FINALLY figuring out how to post on this...see, I did succumb to a google ID just to be able to comment. ;-)

Why a cosmopolitan soul like you would need any kind of "inburgering" (I hope they have a veggie alternative!) is beyond me, but hey, administrations... I figured they would leave the married ones alone, at least.

I can definitely see a market for hypno-birthing over here, and if not, I'd trust you to create one. If I come across any useful information or network, I'll forward it to you immediately.

Still, it's good to know that there is always Plan B, or would that be Plan U? Nothing wrong with a bit of angsty ukulele songs, although I hope the angst isn't too overwhelming!

Europeans can be nice, after a while. Even in a supermarket. At least sometimes... uh... I guess we are kind of an acquired taste.

Love the blog title, btw. Will check in often!

Talk to you soon, I hope.
A. from G.,
remembering spring of 1994 ;-)

owlphanumeric said...

anke???? is that YOU??? i hope so!

if so, xoxo

bwhahrhr said...

While I agree with yaffles sentiment, those actions you seem to need to take are astoundingly fucked up. I dont get this "fuck you, filthy worthless immigrant"-attitude european goverments allowed themselfes to adopt in the last 5 years.

I am both angry and frustrated now.

But on the other hand, I now know your youtube-secret and why we all cant get enough of us. First I thought you where a magican and put a spell on us, but you used your beautifull eyes to hypnothise us.

bwhahrhr said...

"enogh of us" should have been "enough of you".

I blame my rage!