Dating relationship in belgium
The first few years I lived in Belgium I was very, very confused by my social interactions with Belgians.
They generally seem soft-spoken, with the occasional rant here and there (usually complaining about something). Whether or not they are buying into what you are proposing is a mystery.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a more schedule-loving group of people in my life!
I personally struggled with this when I first came to live in this country, especially since I come from a land where I could just phone a friend and make impromptu plans for dinner that same day!
I still think pursuing Belgian friendships is worth a try. She gets to do most of that in her entertainment and lifestyle blog The Paola Campo Report, which you should totally be reading right now.
Some of those general traits about Belgians have a great positive spin in the friendship department: they are true, loyal, and just about one of the nicest people you’ve ever met; even if their schedules only allow a get together once or twice a year! You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google We are Canadians, Alison & Andrew, and we are slow travelling the world – with our cats.
Here’s what I found out:…meaning, they just have too many of them!
A female friend and sometimes running partner of the Shallow Man was having a massage in a place in the Rivierenbuurt.However, if after a while a so-called “friend” doesn’t seem to respond to any of your invites, move on. Have you ever heard how Belgians like to “stay close to their village”?This doesn’t just apply to driving 2 hours every day in traffic, rather than move closer to their workplace.By all means, take initiative and attempt hangouts with Belgians.Those who care will let you know, even if they can’t make it. However, Belgians sometimes take it to an extreme that many internationals find remarkable.Even with most service providers, things happen with appointment (think of getting a haircut or a manicure) and there is rarely any sense of urgency (like when getting any medical diagnostic testing – X-Rays, MRIs, blood work, etc.).The key to overcoming this situation is to be patient.It also means being close to their families and the friends they’ve known forever and ever.Belgians pose an interesting contrast between a very progressive society, (for example, Belgium was second country in the world to legalize gay marriage) versus a populace that craves stability.Our guest contributor tackles a common expat issue – making friends with Belgians.If you’ve ever felt you don’t click with the locals, Paola offers 3 reasons why you may not have many Belgian friends.