Don't get me wrong, Belgian people are nice and friendly but they are the least spontaneous people I know!
Point & case:
There is a man that I have seen at:
- birthday parties when picking Cat up
- the school gate
- the train station
However, yesterday we happend to leave the office at the same time and walked along to the train station. So I say to him. 'You know, I'm sure our kids go to the same school'.
You know what he said?
Yeah they do. They are also in the same scouts group. In fact, I also did my 'getting started' traininig with you in 2008. You were not new to the company but you still had not done the 'training'. Also, you used to have long blond hair.
What the !!!
Here is a guy, who I could not shut up after this, who for about a year saw me at all these places and never said a word to me. He didn't even nod his head! Who does that???
As we sat on the train chatting we discovered that years ago we both worked for The Bank of New York Mellon. In fact, he knew some of my colleagues.
The strange thing is that this is not an isolated event.
A couple of years ago I used to take the bus to work. For about 8 months I would wait for the bus with the same two ladies. Every morning I would turn up at the bus stop and say hello. Nothing, not a peep. Only after doing this for 8 months did they finally say hello back to me. 8 months people!
One of my best friends is Irish but she has been living in Belgium for about 13 years now (in the same village). The same thing has happend to her.
This would never happen in South Africa!
Like I said at the beginning, Belgian people are lovely but they are very hard to get to know. Of course there are the exceptions to that rule and I love my 3 Belgian friends very much!