Sunday, February 26, 2006

Another 24 Hours in Di World

Last night we watched the Antwerpen football team beat Tubize 3-1.
Unfortunately it was an away game. They scored, I clapped briefly ... one clap to be precise, then realised that the members box in Tubize was eerily silent. Mmmm yes, we had been wined and dined as guests of Tubize members ... therefore my jubilation was a little impolite. I sat on my enthusiasm and tried to look suitably serious during the next two goals focusing instead on the superbly tight refereeing.

My European life is one of extremes ... from in-process poverty to champagne-swilling with interesting people ... ahhh but those very extremes will surely make me a better person.

Today was a quieter day ... an extended family birthday meant that we gathered to celebrate 3 birthdays over in Lier. This time there was a delicious little Italian sparkling wine and later, a nice Chilean red to go with the verjaardagsfeest

It was 24 hours of rather extraordinary food too. There was the prawn and vegetable-filled pastry, the rabbit meat wrapped up in bacon, an elegant chocolate-covered ice cream concoction that had been drizzled with caramel, ending with a lovely cheese plate ... a meal that stretched out over the pre-and-post-match hours. Our host for the evening knew wine, chose well and as he had fly-fished in New Zealand we had things to talk about.

It's an odd little extreme life I am living in these days ...

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