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Belgium in Brief: The Summer Humblebrag

Picture a typical summer in Brussels.

Things are a little quiet, so you decide to go for a coffee at that little place only you go to.

It’s closed.

No problem, the owner works hard and has taken the day off. You get a coffee elsewhere and go back to work. 

Mid-morning rolls around, and you message a friend to grab lunch. They don’t reply. You think nothing of it. Back to work. 

You scroll through social media as the kettle boils, and then you see it. 

“Taking a break from Twitter for my holiday!”

Oh no. Surely it’s not that time already? Frantic, you log on to Facebook, and they’re everywhere. 

“Out of office, on. Time for holiday.”

“Bye Brussels, see you in a few weeks.”

“Home, you haven’t changed.”

It’s happened, and you didn’t even notice. You’ve accidentally stayed in Brussels for the summer, again.

You won’t be getting that coffee because the guy is shut for the next month. Grabbing a beer will be a pain because nobody is here. Your best plans to book a trip out of season might have saved you money, but at what cost? 

Thankfully, just at that moment, you get a WhatsApp from the friend you wanted to meet for lunch. 

The cocktail emoji and photo of a random beach tells you all you need. 

Sure, this might be a snapshot of better times, but I’d like to hope people will get away in 2021, even just for a bit. 

So what are your plans? Let @johnstonjules know – I’m looking for inspiration.

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