Do NOT set yourself up for the okey doke with ING Belgium

Okay so… I check my bank accounts on a regular basis (daily, on average). Tell *claps* me *claps* why *claps* *smacks* …I log into my ING account to see a nice lil 100 EUR fee taken from my account? Spoiler Alert – Main point of this post: AS SOON AS YOU START THE RESIDENT CARD…

How Do I File My Taxes!?!?!?!?

If you’re a graduate student, a Fulbrighter, a BAEF fellow or the recipient of any other scholarship/fellowship in a research based program and you don’t know sh** about taxes…this post is for you! *Please be aware that this post regards the 2016-2017 tax season. While the rules are unlikely to change, always confirm that you…

Home Sweet Home

Hey friends! I want to share a quick update about how I’m doing. I’ve been home in the U.S. for ~2 weeks and it’s wonderful to be home. Due to bad weather I had to reschedule my flight back to Belgium twice which afforded me a few extra days at home. I’ve felt deeply saddened by…

Some people are confused about what I’m doing

Today someone asked me “is it required for you to do a year abroad before your Ph.D.?” and I answered “No.” Then I thought to myself, that’s a great idea, and said “it should be!” When people (here in Belgium) realize that I’m not officially a Ph.D. student, but I have my Master’s degree, and…

Underground Cyphers, Dancehall, Afrobeats, and More!

If you’re looking for an underground hip/hop dance scene with good vibes and/or afrobeats/dancehall connection, follow @freestyle.o and @bombasticparty on Instagram. There’s a dancehall party in Brussels, very close to Gare Centrale (usually the first weekend of every month) that is a straight movie. It was packed from wall to wall from 1:00 am –…

FAQs about being Black in Belgium

Abridged Answers “How is Europe treating you? Are people super racist?” Y’all…this ain’t nothing new. I’m a scientist with an advanced degree and a Black woman.    adsaf America has racism too and there’s nothing particularly exacerbated by my moving to Europe.   adsaf No, I haven’t experienced racism here. adsaf Mmmmmmm…well Milan was kind of…

We’re Going to Milan!!!

Y’all, it’s lit. Kristie and I are headed to a Congolese wedding in Milan at the end of September and I couldn’t be more excited! A few people have asked me “what’s the difference between labs in Europe and in the U.S.” Before I moved here, I heard that Europeans are very chill and laid…

Quick Tips for Moving Abroad

Apply for a Capital One Venture Card – The card I applied for has no annual fee. There are other card options with a $0 fee the first year and then some fee the year after. I didn’t consider these options because I didn’t thoroughly research the cards. – There are NO international transaction fees…

Matongé was EVERYTHING – Part II

Let me preface this post by saying, as a Black American and first generation Nigerian-American (my mom was born and raised in Nigeria and became a U.S. citizen, while I was born and raised in New Jersey and have been to Nigeria a few times), I have a unique experience as a Black person in Brussels….

Matongé – Part I

Tomorrow I’m linking up with a new friend I made in Brussels! I’m very excited because this is the first friend *like me* that I’ve made here. She’s a beauty blogger from the Congo and super sweet! How’d we meet? We haven’t yet! I did a #hashtag search on Instagram – I don’t exactly remember…