Big thanks to everybody who reads, has supported the Sand In My Bra cause this year, and sends their well wishes whether I’ve met you in person or not. Here is the email I sent to my friends, and I’d like to send the same warm greetings to you.

December 25, 2003
Waterloo, Belgium

Jueaux Noel!

Dear Friends,
May the new year bring all the love and laughter you
can handle—by March. And may you spend the rest of the
year exceeding your dreams and expectations in ways
that you never thought were possible.

I’m thinking of you from Belgium, and doing as much as
I can to make this blessing come true on my end.

Happy Holidays and a toast to a bright 2004,
Jen Leo

Until the next time we meet, here are some tidbits
from my past two weeks:

Number of:

Different Belgium Beers consumed: 7
Days that it’s snowed: 2
Times I’ve had Mexican food: 1
Belgians that I’ve talked to: 1
Expats that I’ve talked to: 8
Other foreigners I’ve talked to: 4
Chocolatiers that welcomed me with champagne: 1
(Pierre Marcolini)
Scoops of ice cream consumed: 2.25
Times I’ve ridden the train: 4
Times I’ve ridden the bus: 4
Belgian towns visited: 5
Pages I’ve read in my book: 175
Times I’ve tried and loved fondue: 1
Postcards written: 4
Letters written: 1
Percentage of time spent talking v. listening 20%
Emails I need to reply to: 10+
Blog posts I’ve written: 14(, 7

1) Me, windblown on the Grand Place in Brussels

2) Le Mannequin Pis ready for Christmas

3) Kids doing holiday shopping in Brussels

4) My room with snow on the trees outside

5) A cheese shop in Leuven

6) Leuven market


  1. Thanks, Jen, and the best to you too – with some peace and room to sort through your ambitions into an order you can handle and get tremendous satisfaction and fulfillment from.

    Photos are terrific. Your room is lovely.

  2. Jen,

    I’m not sure what you are doing in exciting Belgium, but Happy Holidays all the same. Be sure to visit Brugge and Gent (sp?) to really appreciate the finer side of the country – and why not mention the number of Belgium waffles you have injested?

    You’ve missed the last few WWW first Weds. gigs at Monticello, but attendance is great and the recent speakers have been outstanding, including Don George and Maureen Wheeler. Come on back!


    P.S. Thanks for mentioning the website of Carla King. I ride a motorcycle (as you know) and really enjoyed her site, stories and links.

  3. Thanks for tuning in Everybody! Sorry I forgot a few:

    Waffles eaten: 1
    Kisses: 0
    Movies: 0
    Chanukah parties: 1
    Chinese Restaurant: 1

    Out exploring again today and tomorrow. Will try and ramp up my numbers. 🙂

  4. Jen,

    I hope that you’ll include a link to on your website. We would like to publish an excerpt from your latest book. I hope that you will add us to your site. Thanks!

    Max Hartshorne

    P.S. We will be exhibiting at New York’s Javits Center at the big Adventures in Travel Expo on January 9-11. If you’re going to be near the city, please stop by and visit us and get a free tee shirt!

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