Still waiting for the second paper I need for the visa that would let me enter Belgium legally. Like I said in chat recently, this is bumming me out. Stuck in the "doing nothing" position for something this major is... not great.
That said, @Foveaux and I were chatting about this in private recently, and he reminded me just how exciting the possibility as a whole would be. So I did what any artist would do in this situation: bought myself a ton of comfort food and started feeling better about my situation.
Of course, there's no promise of what things are going to be like once I cross that border. But: my employer is taking great care of me, Belgium as a whole gets very high scores in the "quality of life" department, and my position is going to be stable for at least one year (the duration of the work contract I'd already signed).
Saint Petersburg, where I am currently, is a stunningly-beautiful city. If ever there comes a time when Russia is a no longer an enemy of the rest of the world and the war in Ukraine is finally over, I recommend you visit. (Also Tbilisi, Georgia. Find yourself a spot in the Old City area of Tbilisi. It's full of character, in a way that's impossible to find in the modern city center.)