Our bloggers

Meet our team of bloggers. They are members of the BCT and share their thoughts and stories in our BCT Blog.

Do you want to share YOUR stories? Become one of the BCT bloggers? Email socialmedia@bctbelgium.org and let us know.

Tika

Tika

Tika

I am Tika, originally from Georgia, the country in the South Caucasus. Moved to Brussels in 2007 for a one year assignment at the board of the European Students' Association, but stayed since then. I met my Dutch husband in Brussels and eventually we both settled here. Last December we had twin boys. A big, big surprise. :) Currently I work in Brussels based think-tank on EU external relations, focusing on democracy and human rights, rule of law and governance issues in the Eastern Partnership countries and in Central Asia.

I decided to start a blog 9 months after our boys were born. My main motivation was/is that during my pregnancy I came across various not very positive attitudes towards parenthood. I am learning it by doing - how to be a working mother and be available in both roles. I must admit that without support of my better half this would not have been possible. I am sharing various issues on my blog, mostly how I am dealing with my family and work life, and with issues related to bringing-up children in Belgium.

Janae

Janae

Janae

Hello I’m Janae. I went from California Dreamin’ to Bundled up in Belgium. 5 years ago I found myself in love with a Belgian and 3 years ago I found myself living in Belgium. Recently I became the mother to a baby girl.

Besides being a wife and working mom I love to write and make youtube videos in my spare time. I am also going to school for a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Communications. It is a lot to juggle, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I can be contacted by email at: JanaeWrites@hotmail.com

Carrie

Carrie

Carrie

 Hello, I'm Carrie.  Like many of you, I moved to Brussels for work but stayed for love.  In 2009 I came to Brussels on a three year assignment with my job as a tax accountant.  A few months later, I met my husband and instantly fell in love.

When we decided to start a family in 2013, we also decided I should change careers.  This was the perfect time for me to pursue my passion for teaching yoga.  Since then I have specialised in working with prenatal and postnatal women.  Especially through private sessions.  This has been the perfect career to combine with raising son, who is now 2 years-old.

Growing up I always wanted to be a writer, so I am starting to blog.

You can contact me at: carrie@carrieryoga.com

Annika

Annika

Annika

In September 2001, I arrived in Brussels to do a four month internship at the European Parliament. For some bizarre reason I liked Brussels and decided to stay.

I became a lobbyist, married a Briton, had a baby, we bought a house and worked on until one day I got fed up with the stress, traffic jams, impossible work missions (in my mind at least) and little time for my family. To my great surprise I resigned and became a housewife.

After a few years at home (and one more child), I have got used to the household chores, but my great passion is writing. I have written columns, articles and blogs for many years in various media and I am dreaming of writing a book one day.

Zeynep

Hello my name is Zeynep. I'm originally from Bursa, Turkey. I have a degree in journalism and in EU integration. I love to write small stories. I am a mother of two; a boy and a girl. I have been living "au pays plat" for almost 10 years. After the arrival of our children, we decided to settle down in Brussels; mostly because raising kids in multicultural, multilingual is great! And this favourite song of my son well describes our adopted home, Brussels.

Zeynep

Zeynep

"le monde appelle
c’est pas new york
pas budapest
c’est pas paris
c’est pas pareil
ici bxl
bxl rebelle

dans le port de bxl
il y des marins en marcel
il y a des tziganes sans roulotte
entre espoir et crainte ils flottent
de orkesten met bretellen
spelen multicultureel
van alle stijlen een cocktail
la societe au pluriel"

By Jaune Toujours, Belgian music group

I hope you will enjoy reading our stories.
Cheers,
Zeynep

You can reach me at durakz@gmail.com

Geraldine

Geraldine

Geraldine

Geraldine McKenna works as a translator for the European Commission and has been living in Brussels for 15 years. She is Irish and has one son, Ewan.

Contact Geraldine at gelmckenna@hotmail.com.

Marina

BCT blogger Marina

Marina

I am a New York City transplant to (first) Paris and (now) Brussels. I am also the mother to a 10-month old and am expecting #2 in the Spring. I used to work full-time as a television producer, but am currently taking time off to take care of my daughter.

With some free time on my hands, I've decided to do a little blogging (which I've been meaning to do for ages!) and write a little for BCT's magazine Small Talk. Parenthood is new to me. Brussels is new to me. I hope to share some of my experiences and also learn from you.