Europe 2022: Belgium

Hello everyone!

I’m officially back home from my trip to Europe and am slowly trying to accept this new reality where vacations are over. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I had to go through hell and high waters to get my passport and finally take off but I can now confirm that all that ordeal is honestly nothing compared to what I got to experience in the end. While I have no intention to go into detail about the whole itinerary here, which in itself would take me forever, I thought it would still be nice to share some pictures and a general idea of what I’ve been up to lately. I’ll thus be breaking down these posts into three, one per country that I visited. The first one being Belgium.

I was in Belgium from June 20th to June 24th. The first day didn’t start as I hoped it would with over 70 000 striking workers and demonstrators taking to the streets of Brussels on the very day I was landing. This made my flight company reroute things so that I arrive in Paris and be put on a bus to Brussels (which inevitably added an extra 3 hours of commuting). The day was then saved by a buddy of mine who had the brilliant idea of taking out his two bicycles so that we could visit the city on the fast lane; it should be noted that I hadn’t ridden a bicycle in over a decade but, as the saying goes, once you learn to ride a bicycle, you never forget. The experience in itself was also unforgettable, allowing me to experience life in Brussels in a completely immersive way, instinctively contemplating the novelty and vibrancy of the city without much effort as my eyes and mind absorbed the environment while my body focused on pedaling.

The following days were spent discovering the city and all of its hidden gems (including the three peeing statues) as well as a whole day dedicated to exploring the nearby cities of Bruges and Ghent. Both were quite memorable in their own ways but Ghent felt more like a city in which I could see myself living while Bruges felt a lot more touristic, less like a natural ecosystem, as if the whole place was built around tourism and nothing more. My time in Belgium was also spent alongside my girlfriend’s sister and her boyfriend (huge thanks to him for giving us his place to sleep in), as well as two other friends (the one who showed me the city by bike and his girlfriend). I cannot emphasize how grateful I am that they all took time out of their days to spend it with me and my girlfriend, gave us countless ideas of things to do, and made everything just so much better by being themselves around us.

Having never been to Belgium before, it really was quite the thrill to explore the city. Everyone wasn’t kidding when they said that it could all be done within a day and that everything was also doable by foot. This meant that we could spend more time eating in places, discovering original and authentic dishes. In fact, I can already spoil you guys by mentioning that I haven’t eaten a single bad meal during my whole trip to Europe. The food was simply magnificent and I feel like I also ate their beloved chocolate every time I had a chance. While I did have more restaurants than I could ever fit within I day that I wanted to explore, I at least know that the next time that I do go back to Brussels, I won’t be short of options.

Next destination: France. 😉


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48 thoughts on “Europe 2022: Belgium

  1. Apparently, I am going to have to put Brussels on my bucket list. What language do they speak there Lashaan? It looks like you had a wonderful time with lots of good sites and food.

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  2. Hurray, food pics!!!! Getting off to a good start here 🙂

    I have to admit, when I saw the last pix of you and the GF, the very first thought that popped into my head was “man, dude, get a haircut!” 😀

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  3. Yay, glad you enjoyed your time in Belgium, despite the rough start! It was lovely to have you here and you are obviously welcome anytime to check all these food places off your list ahah 😁

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  4. Damn Lashaan! I could have met you!!! And sorry for the strike! Also youbsaw how small my country is but you only visited the capital and the Flamish region. I live in Wallonia where we speak French. Next time maybe…😉

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    1. I only spoke French everywhere I went in Belgium hahah We almost went to Namur and Liège but thought we’d keep those for another time to be with our friends/family in Brussels hahah You’ll have to give me spots that we should visit if we ever go to Wallonia though! 😀

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  5. Awesome! I love getting to see and read about some of your experiences. When we lived in Germany we only got to Belgium once and unfortunately that was just in passing when driving from the Netherlands back to Germany. I recall stopping at a city center to walk around a bit, though I don’t recall what city. The buildings resembled the lower right photo. I loved the architecture of every country in Europe I was fortune enough to visit. And, as you said, the food was always fantastic. I very much miss that. And chocolate…. mmmmm… don’t get me started on great European chocolate… 🙂 Can’t wait to read the next chapter.

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    1. The architecture is stunning and always so intriguing from one European country to another, at least so far, based on my recent experiences. I always found it fascinating, especially compared to my city (and a lot of American cities), where skyscrapers dominate central sectors. There are still many countries in Belgium that I haven’t seen yet but I’ve heard great things about them and will definitely try and visit them the next time I’m in Belgium! And yes, Belgium is known for its chocolate, so it’s hard not to want to try them out just to understand why it’s so good hahah

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  6. This is amazing, Lashaan! What beautiful photos and I’m very jealous of the food pics😁 My daughter is going to Europe soon and I think Belgium is one of the stops. Looking forward to your other vacation posts!

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  7. That’s great you had a wonderful time despite the travel hiccups — and that you seem to have your baggage too because I’ve been hearing horror stories on the news about airlines losing bags.

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  8. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful country Lashaan! Yes, there are plenty of great culinary experiences here to enjoy! Next time you visit, check my blog for some tips perhaps? Discovering Belgium.

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