Trip Start May 05, 2008
97Trip End May 09, 2009
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Another surprising aspect of Brussels is the diversity of its inhabitants. Walking its streets, one can hear almost every European language, which are spoken by the tens of thousands of bureaucrats coming to work here from the other 26 EU countries. In addition, the city's prominent Congolese, Turkish and Moroccan communities give the city some flair, which is most visible in the choice of restaurants, and the music blaring out of the cars which roam its streets.
We had the luck of having not one but two friendly faces here which could give us an insight into this city and some direction as to what's worth doing and what's not. They would be Tavi's cousin Raluca who has proven to be an excellent host, and Tavi's friend from Ottawa, Rita, who has given us a tour of the city. We thank them both, if they ever happen to stumble upon this blog.
Since we were a bit tired of Brussels, we did a day tour in Brugge, which is the quintessential picture-perfect European medieval city. And pictures, we took a lot, from its gigantic cathedral and town hall towers, to its canals which make it a Venice of the North, to old men in clogs... While obviously touristy and a little tacky, we recommend anyone who wants to spend a day with a big smile on their faces to visit this delightful little town.
Tomorrow, we are off to Groningen, in the northern part of the Netherlands, where we will be staying with some of Virginia's relatives.