Exciting News: Moving to Brussels

Manneken Pis - Bruxelles - Belgique

photo by Myrabella


It’s time to announce a big change. Over the next few months, I will be relocating to Brussels, Belgium. Living abroad will bring many new challenges and hopefully, lots of new experiences. I speak no French or Dutch so that in itself will be tough, but we’ve been assured that many Belgians speak English and there are lots of expats already in the city. My most pressing issue is to figure out how to get a big dog and two cats into the country. So if anyone has sage advice on airlines, routes, or anything else- please share.

We are planning to travel just after Christmas and so much has to be done between now and then. Because of that, I probably won’t be as available on social media as I have been. Be patient, I’ll be back. 2017 will bring the publication of a new book called Tender Tulips, Dark Diamonds:A Ghost Story. Part of the story takes place in the Netherlands and this move will allow me the opportunity to explore some of the places mentioned in that book. Oddly enough, I’ll be writing a new novel set in Colorado at the turn of the last century while I’m in one of the low countries. So on to new adventures!








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62 responses to “Exciting News: Moving to Brussels

  1. Hi, and thank you for Liking my review, “2 Free ebooks”! I noticed your “About” page reports you’re currently living in Colorado. Have you not made the move to Belgium yet? If you don’t mind, I’m going to follow your blog, and I invited you to check mine out as well at https://theceaselessreaderwrites.wordpress.com/
    Thanks again!

  2. Emilee

    This is very exciting!! Enjoy!!

  3. Hello, Ellis πŸ™‚ I’ve the feeling we have some acquaintances and friends in common. Blessings and boons to your re-lo to Belgium! I *almost* wish I was going there with you; this new time in U.S. history inclines me to consider more politically-acceptable harbors and mountains.

    • Yes, this is happening at a good time. The whole year has felt so surreal. I think we’re going to continue to see clashes into 2017 because we are so divided. But then again, it isn’t that the EU doesn’t face its own challenges. Thanks for wishing me well. The same to you!

  4. Congrats!!! I know we chatted a while back on one of my posts but I’ll say it again, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions!! We’ve been in Brussels about 4 months now so we’re still relatively new here but I’m more than happy to help a fellow expat any way I can!! Best of luck with the move!!!! You will love it here. πŸ™‚

  5. hello ellis nelson its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow wot a big adventcher!!! i hope the moov goze smoothly and yoo enjoy yore time in beldjum!!! dada sez they yoozed to hav an instruktor at the danse stoodyo wot wuz frum beldjum and she wuz verry nice so that bodes wel rite??? ok bye

  6. Leaving Colorado for Belgium … best of wishes to you. Once settled, and when the opportunity arises to tour the Belgian countryside, it is beautiful. And, yes, many do speak English and very well. If anything, it’s our colloquial phraseology that does not translate well.

  7. Best of everything on your adventure. Hope you will continue to keep up with Boyer Writes. I have just finished my latest book, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More. (N.W. Boyer on Amazon). Thank you for your recent comments.

  8. Congratulations on this new adventure. Explore and experiment. How long will you be in Belgium? sd

  9. Marilyn

    Good luck with the move. May you have smooth transition. I look forward to your posts in Belgium.

  10. beautybyadutchgirl

    Oh wow, that’s fun! I love Brussels! β™₯

  11. In order to leave the US, your animals have to be current on all their shots and have a physical exam within 2weeks of departure. You also need to have a certificate from the Dept of Agriculture. Most vets can help you with that (to include FedExing all the papers to and from Dept of Agriculture). You should also contact the Belgian Embassy to see what requirements they may have for allowing animals to enter their country. Most airlines will let each traveler take one animal each into the cabin but you have 3. The animals must fit in a carrier that can fit under your seat so you large dog may not be allowed iin the cabin (unless it is a service dog). Contact the airlines. Some countries ( e. g., UK) make you put animals in quarantine for 6 months) .

    • Thanks, Jaton. The requirements are pretty strict. I think we have a route figured out using Lufthansa. One of the problems I had was that our dog broke the weight limitations even for cargo on some of the airlines. Lufthansa doesn’t have a weight restriction. Hopefully, this will all come together.

  12. Theresa Crater

    Europe sounds like fun!

  13. Ellis, you’ll love your new adventure!!! All the best to you and your husband. Please do keep in touch even if it isn’t as often.

  14. You inspire me. Enjoy your adventure.

  15. How exciting! Safe travels!!

  16. Good luck with your move. My wife and I moved from Vienna to Hong Kong for 2 years (2013 – 2015) and we took our 2 cats with us. Initially I tried to arrange the transportation myself but gave up after a couple of weeks of international phone calls and conflicting information on various websites. We finally got a firm to take care of it. Was a great relief to have them well cared for during both moves.

    • Yes, I have contacted one. It’s a bit pricey. I think we may have come up with a route using Lufthansa through Munich. I have get all the pets a passport completed by a vet and then endorsed by the USDA. Pain in the neck dealing with the USDA! Thanks for your advice, I’m still thinking about using the courier.

  17. This new adventure is awesome. Super cool. Enjoy every minute of it. You inspire me.

  18. Wow!! What brought on the move?! And good speed in preparing!

  19. Wishing you good luck for the changes.

  20. Good luck with the move, exciting times ahead.

  21. welcome to europe πŸ™‚

  22. I can feel the excitement; moving to another country is always a provocation, but so much headway for your own growth! Enjoy every minute of this new adventure, it will open wide the doors for the muses to flock in!

  23. All the best for the brand new journey

  24. Congratulations to a new adventure, may this new step bring you joy and inspirations.

  25. Cynthia Bledsoe

    Best wishes for your safety and happiness!, Cindy

    Cynthia W. Bledsoe

  26. How exciting! πŸ™‚ Wishing you all the best with the changes! πŸ™‚

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