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Belgium in Brief: Holidays At Home

Safe to say that if you’re reading an English language newsletter in Belgium, you’re very possibly not from here originally.

While international communities can vary in many ways, we often share one thing: the unique experience of the holiday at home.

To be clear, I don’t mean a staycation – I’m always looking for tips on those – I’m talking about that strange trip back home that’s equal parts obligation and holiday.

It’s the trip you have to balance seeing family, attending things you haven’t done in years, and catching up with friends you might not have seen in months.

To me, the first moments of those trips are always characterised by a walk up the same high street I spent most of my youth wandering around. There’s always bagpipe music blasting out of a store selling tartan to tourists, and I always stop at some local bar for a beer.

It’s just what I do.

Why am I talking about this today? Let’s call it an attempt at a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I’ve not had one of those moments in over a year, and I’m sure many of you are the same. So, what’s your first moment you always do? What’s your holiday at home ritual?

Let @johnstonjules know.

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