Boricua had another event for his job, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Brussels!
One of the three grad programs I applied to was there, and I had also planned on doing an EU internship there through BYU while in undergrad before I met Jesús, after which my internship plans changed to Puerto Rico! ;)
So it felt very full circle and there was just no way I would miss the chance to visit the European Parliament. In order to keep it as inexpensive as possible, I took a bus there and back. That ended up being quite interesting, as the hours were long and we started and stopped at hard times of the day. I was also trying to work from the hotel as well as see a bit of Brussels so in all it was one of the most exhausting trips I've ever done.
I came home with what felt like a super extreme cold. Probably the worst sore-throat I've ever experienced. On the bus ride back (Boricua took a train with coworkers as his was a work trip) it was really cold which probably didn't help and I counted the minutes until I could be in bed.
When I finally got home after the coach arrived at the Victoria station, Boricua brought me herbal tea and medicine and honestly I don't remember after that, just lots of sweet rest.
This was the first trip I took with a new fixed 30mm camera lens, which acts more like a 50mm on my camera which isn't full frame. Don't ask me why though, I am so bad at understanding the mechanisms! One day!
One thing I do know for sure is that it has challenged in my style, as things are much more zoomed in than I would normally go for on the 18-55mm lens that the camera came with.
To say this neighborhood was dreamy would be an understatement.
There I am in the photo on the right!
At le Parc Royal et le Palais Royal de Bruxelles.
I, too, find nationalism antiquated and barbaric. It's the natural way of things, to find a sense of belonging in some sort of tribe, to gain unity and cohesion by togetherness, but at the same time it is so incredibly unfair and at the center of a despicable system of violence.
Here was a really cool visualization of politics in the EU.
I loved the display of inspiring/influential Europeans. These were hollow cylinders and you could stand inside and read in all the EU languages!
"Rue de l'homme chrétien""Kersten-Mannekensstraat""Street of the Christian man"
A caged primate.
"La plus petite maison du Bruxelles"
La Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walking to the bus in the morning.