A Trip Down Memory Lane

By - July 7, 2009 (Updated: November 25, 2014)

The first meal in our house in Everberg seems like more than 4 years ago.

The first meal in our house in Everberg seems like more than 4 years ago.

I’m writing this post from a cosy corner of my terrace. It’s 10:30 in the morning and I wanted to enjoy being outdoors before it got too hot (you heard me right, I did say TOO hot). It’s been an absolutely gorgeous week in Brussels with non-stop sun and downright hot afternoon temperatures. Andrew and I have spent most of our evening meals lingering outside until sundown well after 10 pm.

I haven’t spent all my time basking in our tropical temperatures though. In fact, I’ve been busier than ever. I spent Tuesday morning doing portraits of a very lovely expat here in Belgium and I was very happy with the results. (Hopefully she was too.) Last night, Andrew and I attended a small gallery opening of one of the artists (a Canadian) who we met at the BAAF event a few weeks ago. The venue was great and we’re now on their event mailing list.

The vast majority of my time however is being spent on the new improved CheeseWeb and I have to say, I’m even more excited about it than I expected. The new design and logo is finished and I’m thrilled with it. We’ve finally taken the plunge and decided to switch to WordPress (thanks to Tammy for the encouragement!) and my only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner. Our last big challenge is bring in some of our photos from the past 4 years.

What’s taking up most of my time though is my mission to go through all of my old posts. My original thought was that I would delete many of the irrelevant ones. However, that’s been far from the case. In fact, I think I’ve actually posted more articles than I’ve deleted, as I realised that I never published most of my Expatica blogs on CheeseWeb.

It’s been an interesting experience reading through all of my old posts. It’s been a real trip down memory lane, starting with the very first CheeseWeb from our first 3 months in Amsterdam. There were a lot of great memories I had forgotten about – exciting discoveries, weekend trips and adventures in a new culture. It’s fun to remember how excited we were about little things that we take for granted now.

Then there was the bad stuff – the frustrations of paperwork, endless, endless paperwork and confusion about the new direction of our life. There was the turmoil of my emotions while coming to grips with being a trailing spouse and struggling to find a purpose for myself through my photography. It’s been a wild ride these past four years and I’m increasingly glad that I’ve kept track of most of it here.

Having said that, the new improved CheeseWeb will focus a bit more on bringing some of these old posts back to the forefront. I hope those of you who have been with me on this journey will go back and enjoy some of those old posts again as well. For those of you who are newcomers to CheeseWeb, I hope some of my older posts can be helpful to you too (even if it’s nothing more than how NOT to be an expat!)

I’m optimistic that CheeseWeb will launch on its brand new domain in the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by expatraveler

    expatraveler June 26, 2009 at 00:00

    It all sounds very exciting to me too! 🙂

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