As Belgium moves into vaccinating those born around 1990, we could all be forgiven for starting to have a little bit of hope.
It’s a nice feeling.
Numbers are dropping, and Friday’s consultative committee will likely focus on easing measures in the country, as well as providing information on the rapidly approaching travel rule changes.
Europeans face the potential of seeing loved ones for the first time in a long time, and even those of us having to look outside of Europe for that chance have… well.. hope.
I know this is all a little light and fluffy, but it’s nice to feel like this. The sun is out, you might even have an invite for a vaccine, and two Belgian bars are in a guide of the best rooftops in Europe.
Three months ago, you couldn’t even go to a bar. I’m taking this as a win.
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