Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Week 331 - November 8, 2015

LifePosted by michael Tue, November 10, 2015 05:08:14

Matías demonstrated once more two things to us this week when we were having lunch in a new Burger restaurant in Brussels. He showed that he is not afraid to speak to people he does not know and also that he speaks some French already.That he can say "au revoir" and "merci" we knew already. But in the restaurant he wanted to go to the bathroom and went to one of the waiters and asked her: "c'est ou la toilette?"

This week Alex spent 24h walking around with many wires around him as you can see below.


Both kids spent the week (of holiday) with my parents and they took Alex to the doctor for what should have been a quick check-up. For insurance reasons we need to provide a paper to his Fencing Classes in which a doctor confirms that he is apt for doing sports. But my parents doctor heard some irregularities in Alex' heartbeat and did not feel like writing such a paper without a more thorough test. So my parents went to a cardiologist as well to get him a device that monitors his heart rate for 24h. Luckily the results of the check were positive and there is nothing to worry about. Alex can do sports without problems.

Due to Marina's travels and my work obligations we did not see each other a lot this week. Luckily on Saturday my parents were so kind (again) to babysit on the kids while we headed to a very nice concert of Balthazar (a Belgian rock band) in Forest National (one of the main concert halls in Belgium).

Apart from this we had a busy (again) family weekend with walks in the Forest, some swimming and a Sunday afternoon at home enjoying some books, comics and music. Alex and Matías played nicely together.


On Friday I had half a day off and used it to go for a 2h30 run in the forest. The run did not go very well. I only managed to complete 26km in that time. The fact that I did not really eat well before the run probably has a lot to do with it. After the run I was also very tired and suffered a lot from my Achilles Tendon. I have had pains in my Achilles Tendon for a while now after running, but this time the pain was really very bad and also took longer to go away. This is bad news for my training and the run in San Sebastian at the end of the month. i will now keep calm and arrange for a visit to a specialist in the coming days or weeks for a professional opinion.

The pictures of this week are here.