I’ve mentioned this on Twitter and some other places already, but now it’s finally confirmed: I’m moving to Brussels for 5 months in March to work for the European Commission!
Getting the whole thing set up was just the most nerve racking process. I had to run around to persuade people to let me apply (it’s funded by the sending organisation and they pay your accommodation in Brussels as well as your salary, so it’s not easy in these budget cutty times) and I got the go ahead just an hour before the application was due. And once you’re on the programme, you still have to find a job, which is done by basically cold calling these really senior people and asking them to take you. I’m not really good on the phone, so this was a bit scary! It’s quite a bizarre way to do it. Anyway, it all worked out in the end and I have a space in the Immigration and Integration Unit, which is what I wanted. My parents are really pleased, it’s just 2 and a bit hours on the train to Luxembourg!
I don’t know much about Brussels, so I’ve been reading my Time Out guide over the weekend (Time Outs are great for getting an idea of what different areas of cities are like). I think I will move into a shared flat, so I at least know some people (Dave’s not coming with), which will be a total adjustment after living with just Dave for ten years. I’m also trying to get my head round French again. I’ve loaded up the Love Film list with French films and am trying to find French blogs to read to get myself back up to something resembling fluency.