It’s official, Belgium’s terraces are going to reopen. Honestly, I was starting to think this day would never come.
Some might not think it’s enough, and it might not be a return to normal, but it’s going to bring something back to the streets.
A winter without terraces wasn’t so unusual to me. It’s cold, so nobody wants to be outside. I missed hot wine at Christmas markets, realising we would never get into a bar we wanted to and the madness of trying to get home for the holidays.
The streets of Belgium, however, mainly looked the same as usual.
I only started to notice the absence once the weather got a little better and nobody was outside. No laughter or clinking glasses, nowhere to sit, to read a book.
The world was so quiet, I hated it.
So I’m excited about a lot of things. I am excited for a return to normal, to seeing my friends and trying new things.
I’m also just excited about the world looking alive again. I’ve missed the noise.
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