First Move

So…today first day…ehm, I was supposed to be a bit nervous…well…not my case! I was too much worried about arriving on time, as I’m accustomed to…ehm…delays! First day, so first impressions…about collegues…organization…and so on. Everything very punctual, I must say. Me too…

As I jumped inside the Council I found a huge truck and an enourmous ball floating in the air over my head!

An elephantine press room had been installed just in the entrance of the Council! Don’t worry!!Council’s summit yesterday! So everything in order…return to everyday life…

New group of stagiaires for Mme Kruch to indoctrinate about rights and duties of a Council stagiaire…explanation of burocracy (this misunderstood…) and then badge time! Sit down please, cheese, here you are Mademoiselle! Now, you’re one of us! You can go everywhere or quite everywhere in the building…you can choose among hundreds of bureaux, two or three bars, a restaurant, a library, a gym!!

After the welcome meeting, it’s time to go to the Press Unit (where I will work) and to introduce myself to collegues . It’s hard now to remember their names…anyway…all nice people…and of course…”Italians as if it was raining”!!! Really everywhere…the capability of my people to be omnipresent is really amazing! Cheers to Italy and in particular to Italian cuisine…the canteen, luckly run by an Italian society, was not so bad…let Italians do what they do better (cooking) and you will not be disappointed!

Stop! I must be neutral…this is one of the principle here…it’s fantastic to see how many people from so different countries work together, speaking 2, 3, 4, 5 languages a day, using mutual respect and enriching each other by sole observation!

Marvellous…

Taking stock of the day…

3 are the collegues who work in my bureau

2 are the first Italians I met, Luca and Giovanni…really nice guys

1 is the book I took from the library “L’impero di Cindia”, Federico Rampini…quite a light lecture I must say…

0 is the name of people I met today and can actually remember

That’s all. End of the working day..beer in Place Lux, but I must decline as I’m still a homeless and I have to make some calls…

But as Rossella O’Hara says “after all tomorrow is another day”…and the sun will not shine above Brussels as usual and…and now it’s better if I go to sleep and stop writing platitude!

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