Category: Placement

  • Decisions

    It’s nice to be back home after my stint in Brussels. I have a week or so before the business of university kicks in and my next placement doesn’t start until the middle of October. In the meantime though I have to visit four churches will be potential probationary churches. The first was today. It’s […]

  • Good and bad

    On my way back to the apartment tonight I was thinking about the good and bad of Brussels. Nothing major, just some of the little things that have caught my attention. Anyway, the good in no particular order: Classical music in the underground stations at night Getting around easily Lots of green space No such […]

  • A day in Leuven

    Yesterday (Wednesday), I was visiting the university town of Leuven to grab some books from Peeter’s bookshop. I also took the opportunity to have a wander round the historic place and see some of the sights. It was, in many respects, not unlike many of the other historic towns or cities in Belgium and has […]

  • Restless

    I have about a week and a half left of my summer placement and it’s paperwork time. I’ve been thinking over some of the ‘big’ things from the placement as well as the individual tasks and activities. My mind was working overtime last night and I couldn’t really settle to sleep. The family are back […]

  • Last laps

    I was going through my diary for the next wee while and realised that many of the items appearing on the horizon are after my placement in Brussels. Twelve weeks, a time that seemed so long before the placement, has simply flown past. I also realised that I haven’t blogged for a while but that’s […]

  • Deja vu

    One of the things you notice when you visit people is that you will often hear the same stories on subsequent visits. With many people you’ll get a ‘but I’ve told you this before’ comment, but what happens when it’s someone whose memory isn’t what it once was? My supervisor asked me the question a […]

  • More tourist stuff

    Having got bored with Brussels (kidding!), we decided to take a daytrip  to Bruge (or Brugge, depending on your preferred language). Photo album here. It’s a very busy touristy place but it is still a very beautiful old town. many of the buildings date back to the early 17th century. The photo on the left […]

  • Being a tourist

    This is the end of my first week of holiday and it’s certainly been a packed one. The weather forecast was a bit mixed for the week so we scheduled lots of indoors stuff. It does mean that I’m a bit ‘museumed-out’, but it’s been an interesting week. So what did we get up to? […]

  • Yummmm!

    Well, if I learn nothing else from this placement, I have learnt that I love red plantains. Can that fall into the category of self-understanding and self-awareness? I was on a visit a few nights ago and was invited to stay for dinner (yeah, I know, visiting is tough here). One of the things on […]

  • A welcome to strangers

    During my recent visit to the Scots International Church in Rotterdam, I was able to spend a couple of hours at one of their main projects – Mamre. Named after the place in Genesis 18 where Abraham offered hospitality to three strangers, the Mamre project in Rotterdam seeks to offer hospitality and help to asylum […]