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Brussels, BELGIUM

I spent the summer studying here and fell in love! I came hating the French language and left in love with it (as well as leaving disliking Dutch for the use of too many vowels haha). I met Americans who owned a few bars and restaurants around the city as well as people around my age from Britain, Sweden, Ukraine (trying to avoid the conflict on the Ukrainian-Russian border), Morocco and Colombia.

I lived in a flat with other students from the University of Alabama, including our professor Dr. Gibler, which was located in the area of Etterbeek. We spent a lot of time here and in Ixelles, where we used a classroom belonging to Vesalius College. I loved the fact that in Brussels everything is written in both French and Dutch, sometimes even English as an added bonus.

Notable Places I Visited:

  • Grand Place
  • Old Town
  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
  • US Mission to the European Union (EU)
  • Swedish Consulat (only the lobby as they had just closed)
  • Club Delirium
  • EU Consilium
  • EU Commission
  • EU Parliament (had a very lively speaker from Cyprus)
  • Palais Royal (took the inside tour as the King and his family had just left for their summer holiday)
  • Parliamentarium
  • Royal Museum of Army/Military History
  • Brussels Air Museum
  • Autoworld
  • Parc du Cinquanteraire

Below is a collection of a few of my favorites during my time in Brussels, the capitol of Europe!

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Belgian countryside
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Belgian countryside
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Parc du Cinquantenaire
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EU Parliament building
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Outside Autoworld museum.
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Brussels Air Museum, attached to the military museum.
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Royal Museum of Military History
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Royal Museum of Military History
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Royal Museum of Military History
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Old Town
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Old Town
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Old Town
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Old Town
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Old Town
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