Brussels, Day 1

Today was my first full day in Brussels, and it was a great day.

Driving into the center of town, I was somewhat underwhelmed by the city. It seemed like long stretches of buildings with streets devoid of people. We got out and walked past the music museum, then down into the market squares, and then things came alive. There were the big open squares and narrow, cobble-stone streets filled with restaurants that I suppose are typical of Europe. But having never “done” Europe properly, I found it all new and a great atmosphere. I really liked staring up at the Renaissance era building facades, with their impressive sculpturing and ornate detail.

For lunch, we ate mussels and potatoes (French fries, really, but I can’t remember the French word), and then went to an English language bookstore. We then went back to the main square where I met Pierre, a friend I met at a film festival my university in Busan hosted. We spent the next several hours pub hopping, enjoying the variety of Belgian beers, walking all around the various parts of the city, and chatting about a variety of topics.

The weather here is as I’ve heard — damp and chilly — but it’s not as cold as it was before, and the sun even peeked through for part of the day.

It’s been too long since I’ve posted photos, so here’s a sampling…

Bochum Christmas market:

Church and statue in Bochum:

Miniature houses for sale in Bochum:

Korean beer — The Hite! — displayed proudly in a Bochum market:

Christmas sweets in Aachen, Germany:

The Kaiserdom in Aachen:

The incredibly packed Christmas market in Brussels:

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