I had a great day today. It was momentous because it was the last day of teaching at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and I really loved teaching them. We had a lovely lunch at l’Orangerie near Egmond Palace at Porte de Namur. (The MOFA is at Egmont Palace). I gotta figure out how to upload photos!!! We went back to the MOFA to take pictures around the Palace and it was a perfect MOFA moment. The PM’s of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg arrived while we were standing in the parking lot. They were having a conference on immigration in Benelux before the European Summit. I got so many photos! Never in my life will I teach English again where I see the members of the diplomatic corps and heads of state (I also saw the Belgian king one day while teaching English there).
I *shoulda* taken pics of the setup at Schuman station of the EC meeting. It’s a big shebang. A big stage, roadblocks, part of the metro station closed, and a dozen news vans with satellite dishes on top crowding outside. I thought it was kinda meh for locals but actually the people who’d read this might find BXL stuff to be kinda fun. Next time, I promise… I just gotta take the time to learn to upload photos.
In sewing news I was *determined* to have a nice new dress for the occasion of my last class at the MOFA. I came through! Yes even though I have boxes of stash, none really called to me so I bought a chartruese linen-cotton blend at 6pm, right when the fabric store was closing. At midnight DH was turning the self-fabric belt inside-out and I was hemming it. It was a virgin pattern, already traced and altered: Knip Mode April 2007, dress #10–a surplice princess seam for wovens. I’m wearing it now. It was so nice to have on today, I love summer dresses!