Goodbye, creepy hotel room, and goodbye Brussels! I’m back home and it’s so awesome to be here again!
It’s been such a strange week. The work meetings were intense as always, but I think they went really well. There was also some socializing in the evenings which kept me out of my hotel room for a few hours after work. And all the nights I slept with the light on, which is something I never do – in fact I can’t remember leaving the light on even as a child. But look at these photos and tell me that you wouldn’t feel weird there? Especially considering that these 2-storey rooms are located in a totally different part of the hotel than all the “normal” rooms, and to go there you have to climb very narrow stairscase and walk through an old, isolated and dark corridor.
When it comes to the hotels in Brussels, each time when I think I’ve seen it all, something new and unexpected happens. From the see-through bathroom walls, through rooms so small that there is no floor space outside of the bed, to this huge chamber. Seriously, if you plan to visit Brussels, stay in a b&b. They are much more affordable, definitely much nicer and more cozy, and if you are lucky you can have a really interesting host that will turn your breakfast into time of fascinating discussions. Alternatively be ready to pay a lot for better quality hotel, but Brussels can be really expensive, especially at the time of huge EU events (translation: nearly always). Unfortunately this time I didn’t know the date of my travel until about 3 days before departure so most b&bs and nicer hotels were already rented 😦
Well, I survived, but a strange thing happened on the last night. Maybe it’s just my anxiety that makes me see it as sinister, and there is an innocent explanation, but it made me feel absolutely grateful that it was the last night there. If you look at the photos, you can see that on the left wall, just at the bottom of the staircase, there is an air conditioning switch. There was no remote controller for the air conditioning and I had to set the temperature manually. Because I slept at the upper part of the room, where all the warm air gathered, I set the temperature to 20-21 degrees Celsius in the evening and 19 degrees at night. It felt just enough and the temperature always stayed exactly as I set it.
Well, this last night I was really tired and I went to sleep earlier – about 10 p.m, leaving the air conditioning at 20 degrees. I woke up absolutely terrified about 2 a.m., and I had a very bad feeling that someone was in my room. Something like that happened to me only once before – when I fell asleep in the train and woke up convinced that someone was in my compartment. As I checked my luggage, I noticed that my handbag had been stolen.
So this time I woke up with the same bad feeling and almost breathless from the heat. I thought that obviously 20 degrees is too much at night and went downstairs to change it. Guys, it was set to 26 degrees… I felt so spooked out that I run back up, grabbed my only available weapon – metal nail file – and stayed there, too scared to check behind the curtains downstairs. I hardly slept for the rest of the night.
So I really don’t know what it was. This air conditioning is pretty old, not connected to some central control system etc. I really hope that maybe there was power shortage during the night and it just reset itself. Alternatively, according to my boyfriend (who mocks me mercilessly and says that I should finally learn to stop watching creepy programmes as they make my imagination run wild), maybe there was a remote controller on my bed that I didn’t notice and I accidentally pressed it in my sleep (which is ridiculous: EVERYTHING wakes me up, I can’t imagine not noticing something like that for a couple of nights). Otherwise, he says, why would anyone enter my room only to change the temperature setting? I admit it sounds ridiculous, but it also makes me a bit angry, because it clearly shows how different such things look for men than for women. He doesn’t realise how many creepy people are out there, and how many things and situations that he doesn’t even notice can be a threat for us. As a result, he can’t understand why I don’t think that this situation is too ridiculous too be true…
Well anyways… that was my Brussels adventure, winter 2018. As we still don’t know the results of the tender, I can’t tell if I’ll go there again for work anytime soon. The good news though is that I negotiated much better financial conditions – that is, if the company I work with wins the tender. As if, more than double what I make now, which is quite amazing in itself. Keep your fingers crossed that they win please!
Other good news, at least for me, is that I received a payment for the work that kept me busy between October and January, so I could update my yarn stash a little. I’ll post about it when all the yarn arrives 🙂