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!