On sunny days, my daily commute can be a small delight, the sunlight spotlighting even the ugliest of buildings, so that I'm itching to take out my camera and start snapping away.
On dark winter days, which are numbing the mind, it's much harder to find charm in my day-to-day surroundings.
The dirty concrete, the endless stream of traffic, the clanging trams and honking cars and the plaintive wailing of emergeny sirens aren't exactly soothing for the soul.
Then, it's a hostile world out there, on which I would like to close the curtains for a day.
But negativity doesn't get one anywhere so, even when the rain is falling down in buckets, I often use my camera as therapy during lunch break.
If you care to look, and look hard enough, there's beauty to be discovered everywhere, even in the most boring of shopping centres.
If I'm having a rubbish day, the next best thing to some vintage shopping is taking my camera and walking around the city streets, playing at being a tourist, trying to see it all as if for the first time.
Never venturing too far away, though, as I only have a 45 minute lunch break!
Just a five minute walk takes me to Antwerp's Gothic cathedral.
Here, I am joining the hordes of tourists admiring the magnificent carvings above the main entrance, depicting the Last Judgment.
Amazingly, they were only added between 1903 and 1906.
A less than ten minute walk in another direction takes me to one of Antwerp's exclusive shopping areas, which is dominated by the Bourla theatre. This neoclassical building was designed in 1827 by city architect Pierre Bourla, its construction finished in 1834.
As I was having a bit of an off-week, I was glad that Friday finally came around. In spite of the weatherman's promise that it would be sunny, the day was as grey as its predecessors, and we were even treated to a light dusting of snow.
But I had the afternoon off, and met my friends Inez and Kris for coffee at our usual haunt, De Lantaren, a cozy coffee shop tucked away in a side street not far from Antwerp's Grote Markt.
After a quick catch-up on each other's lives and a good old-fashioned gossiping session, Inez and I said goodbye to Kris, and continued the afternoon with some vintage shopping.
It was the first day of the sales at Think Twice, our favourite chain of vintage shops, and everything was 30% off.
Nevertheless, I only bought two items: an almost pristine pair of shiny black open heeled shoes, and a short-sleeved green Tricel jumper closing with a zip at the back. Look at those cute little bows on the front!
Here's to hoping for a more sunny outlook next week, and some blue skies outside my office window.
Until then, I seem to be providing the only bit of colour in a sea of grey ...