My friend from Switzerland, Hanna, arrived on New Year’s Eve at Brussels Airport. As she was invited to have dinner with us, we picked her up at the airport. After dinner, we went back to Brussels to spend New Year’s Eve there. She’d booked a hotel and let me stay over as well. Due to the terrorism risk in Brussels, we could unfortunately not really celebrate much. There were no fireworks, no countdown, no celebrations. Though there were lots of people out and about, I’m quite sure the usual crowds are much bigger, louder and cheerful. Too bad!
The next days, I showed her around Brussels and was glad to hear she likes Brussels more than Paris. That’s awesome! The narrow alleyways, old buildings and little modernity made her love the city. We were also lucky the on the first morning of the new year, most people slept in, so there were barely any tourists crowding the Grand Place or in front of Manneken Pis.
As usual when we have foreign visitors, my dad offered to drive around the neighbourhood to show the little things we’re so proud of. The most important among those? The chocolate factory (Callebaut) nearby! We just drive there, open our windows and savour the mouth-watering aroma of chocolate being made.
(whenever the wind is blowing in the right direction, we can even smell it outside at home, and I can assure you it’s the most delicious smell to wake up to!)
We had Belgian food every day, which was accompanied by our delicious fries. She was the first foreigner I know that truly appreciated the deliciousness that is Belgian fries. We had an awesome four days, and I was really happy to see her again. Thank you Hanna, see you soon!