This trip was a total accident. When I was booking my ticket to go to France in January, I didn’t pay any attention to the return leg of the journey. So about one month ago, while I was getting ready to come back home, I noticed that I had a 22 hour lay over in Brussels. But when life gives you lemons, you turn them into your first lay over adventure. I landed in Brussels at about 1pm local time and didn’t waste a single second. I took a cab straight to my hotel for the night, dropped my hand luggage, touched up my make up (yes, I’m that girl) and headed straight into the city.
I want to live in Brussels at some point in this life. That basically sums up how I feel about Brussels. It’s exactly what I like in a city. It’s big but not too big, beautiful but not too glamorous, not the cheapest but not too pricey and most importantly, you can easily get around without having to go underground. So knowing that I only had about six hours of day light, I went straight to the Atomium and Mini Europe Park. I saw mini versions the major sites of at least 50 European countries and I think it was a lovely way to close my first session of European travels.
One of other reasons I fell in love with Brussels was the bilingual nature of the city. Almost everyone speaks both French and Dutch and they flow seamlessly between the two. Even the tram lady says the name of each stop in French and in Dutch. It’s fascinating to see how the same word changes in pronunciation and spelling. But that might just be because I’m in a committed relationship with languages.
After walking across the entire continent, my legs gave way and I had to run straight home to bed (yes, even Superwoman needs sleep). I planned to eat a nice dinner somewhere but my exhaustion led me to settle for a snack. I was tickled to discover that what we call “un kebab” in France means absolutely nothing in Brussels. Nevertheless, the Spanish people from Barcelona taught me how to use my hands so I was able to get some variation of my favourite snack.
I hope this story has inspired to take a slightly longer flight and explore a new city on your next trip.
Thank you for reading!