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Brussels Culture

A work event took me back to my home continent, but not quite home. We spent 4 days in Brussels, Belgium, and for the first 3 days this is all I saw of Brussels:

Our meeting room was on the 26th floor of a hotel (THE Hotel, in fact) and all I ever got to see was the view from this floor which – granted – wasn’t half bad.

But what I was missing (remember, I traveled here right after my NWM Half Marathon and was craving carbs) was Belgium beer, Belgium waffles and Belgium chocolates.

I got to have all of it on my last night in town.

A couple of colleagues and I decided to do the “tourist thing” and ventured to the Grand Place (or Grote Markt) for some quick exploration of chocolate, beer, waffles and, well, touristy stuff. We found the Tiffany’s of chocolate, but more on that later this week.

I like the Grand Place. It is a central market square in Brussels, full of tourist traps, but surrounded by typical European guildhalls. It’s beautiful (even in the rain and in the dark). We just went for a quick look as we haven’t really done anything other than work for the past 4 days. Well, actually, our Belgium colleagues took us to their office (which has been voted as the coolest office in Belgium!) for a beer-tasting and food-pairing and mix-and-mingling on my first evening in town. So, yes, we did a little more than just work.

It was dark and rainy, but I thought I should get a few photos of the Grand Place.

And of course, I did not forget about the most important sight in Brussels: Manneken Pis (or Little Man Pee), which is a statue of a boy peeing into a fountain. Now, you may think this is a bit crude. But this is Europe and the sculpture dates back to 1618, so it’s definitely culture and art! ­čÖé