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)
- Royal Museum of Army/Military History
- Brussels Air Museum
- Parc du Cinquanteraire
Below is a collection of a few of my favorites during my time in Brussels, the capitol of Europe!