I spent three days last week in Brussels. The first day was in briefings before heading to Nairobi, Kenya. The second day I had to visit a local travel clinic to get my remaining vaccines. I was able to get out and explore Brussels a bit over this time. I had not been here before and was able to get around fairly easily, despite being far from fluent in my French.
Two things I enjoyed about Brussels the most – waffels and kebabs! Waffles here are different than in the US, they are made with a fair amount of sugar in the batter and it caramelizes when you cook it giving the most wonderful warm, sweet and crispy taste/texture that is quite unique. There are so many small mobile waffle stands that as you walk through the city you virtually smell fresh waffles everywhere. It also helps to visit in the winter when there is a bit of an inversion that holds the smells of the city close.
Kebabs I am told are a recent import and they are equally as good. They are classically made with a tortilla-type bread, mystery sauce (spicy if you wish), vegetables and then meat – traditionally lamb, but I think mine was chicken? Regardless, tasty, warm and inexpensive.
I found the people of Brussels to be engaging, polite and very tolerant of my French. If you do get a chance to visit it is a must. There are many historical sites to see and you could gain 10 lbs here just by staying several days. I didn’t even mention the wonderful Belgium chocolate… Off to Nairobi next.
All images captured with: Fuji x100, shot manually, hand held, no tripod.