Really hard to believe that I'm getting on a plane on Thursday. This was not the plan but it is the reality... I know I'm very lucky to have been here for two months but when I had planned on being here in Belgium until early February, it is hard to be chipper about a racing season cut short.
Nonetheless, we've had a very good few days. We had a great Christmas with some cyclocross racing for Marc, cyclocross watching for me, good food and good times with friends. Here are some photos from Christmas Eve:
Nikoline and Jacob - really going to miss Nikoline. We've become really good friends and she has been super to have as a housemate. I'm sure we'll reconnect next year - until then we'll have the Adele concert and this song by Gotye.
Our Christmas supper (we had it on Christmas Eve).
The choir and band at the Blauberg Christmas service. Very enjoyable service - the music was excellent.
The famous Danish rice pudding - made with whole milk and real whipped cream. There is one almond in the rice pudding - whoever finds the almond wins the prize. This year Marc won. I skipped the rice pudding (all that dairy) and had some tasty gluten-free chocolate museli with almond milk for my dessert.
On Christmas Day, Marc raced in Balegem. Here are some pics from the race:
Lookout for the tree!
Marc navigating one of the tricky descents.
Post race with super mechanic and friend Ignace ready to Marc's dirty bike and Jacob ready with warm/dry clothes.
After the race we zipped off to Zolder so I could connect with some of my bike racing pals. It was good to catch up with friends who I haven't seen since my injury. I'm really going to miss racing with and hanging out with Nancy and Nikoline - two very good friends who are always able to get me smiling and laughing.
For dessert on Christmas Day, Marc, Jacob and Nikoline got to enjoy some very tasty chocolate mousse cake from the Blauberg bakery (I had gluten-free chocolate museli...):
Highlight of Christmas Day was talking to my parents, Marc's parents and Gregory/Liz/Henry. Nice to see and hear everyone. Sounds like everyone had a top-notch Christmas. Little Henry was playing shy and was really only interested in Uncle Marc!
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and got to spend some quality time with friends and family.