Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Week 324 - September 20, 2015

LifePosted by michael Tue, September 22, 2015 02:32:08

It has not been a very good week, sportively speaking, for the Argentinians. Yesterday they lost their opening match in the Rugby Worldcup as well as the semi-final of the Davis Cup. The Rugby game they lost to New-Zealand; the Tennis game to.... Belgium. With its victory the Belgian Tennis team is, for the first time in more than 100 years, playing the Davis Cup final.

While all that sport was ongoing, we too had our fair dose of sports today. Today was the Car Free Day in Brussels. So between 9h30 and 19h30 no cars were allowed on the streets. This makes for streets filled with cyclists, roller bladers, walkers and runners. Because there are no cars, people also tend to cycle and run around in the middle of the street. Which makes that you still need to watch out when moving around the city. But with the nice weather we had today (a nice way of the summer saying goodbye before autumn starts tomorrow) it was a nice day.

In the morning Alex spent 2h in the pool next to his school together with his friends Lave, Hadrien, Mila and Julian for Lave's birthday. To get to the pool he took his bike (and I accompanied him running the 2,5km). While he swam I then did my final intensive training for next week's Berlin Marathon. After getting home and showering Marina, Matías and I then headed to Montgomery. This time it was Matías' turn to take his bike. He too drove the whole distance (also around 2,5km).

It took us close to 45 minutes to complete this distance; but he did the whole distance without any help. When we arrived at Montgomery (a normally very busy roundabout that was taken over by cyclists and walkers today) we installed ourselves on the roundabout and had a quick sandwich lunch. After lunch I then drove to the pool to pick up Alex and head back to Montgomery. This took me another hour of sports. Marina used the time to walk around a bit more and go for a coffee.

When we arrived back Marina had met with Susanne, Raphael and Maxime and we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the (very crowded) Cinquentenaire area. Richard was not present. He was in the Jura mountains in France for a 75km mountainbike race.

Around 5pm we arrived back home and were all dead-tired. Around 9 I got a message from Richard that he completed the race but that he suffered a lot on the very muddy and technically difficult track. So he too will be sleeping good tonight.

Yesterday was a much more quiet day. The weather was bad (with lots of rain) so after the first Circus class of Alex we spent the whole day at home. This allowed us to do some (end-of summer) cleaning and redecorations in the playroom. For the past months we have been out of the house most of the time in weekends, but it's good to spend some time at home from time to time ;-)

Alex' giant African snakes are continuing to grow. The biggest of the two is now roughly as big as Alex' hand as you can see on the picture below. Impressive!

I am not sure I will be able to write a blog next week since Marina and I will be on our way back from a, hopefully successful, trip to Berlin. This week i can seriously reduce my running to get ready for the run next Sunday. And we will be eating lots of pasta the coming week ;-)

The pictures of this week are here.