Greetings from Brussels! I am here conducting a training for a global client and took a little time to visit places that inspire. So much of Europe reminds me of the beauty and creativity that man and womankind are capable of bringing into the world; extraordinary art, literature, architecture, and music crawl out of every crack here. In these tough times of a down economy and numerous wars, a reminder of our positive achievements is no small gift.
I’m staying in a small neighborhood outside the city center, near the client. I like it here because I see people going to work, ordering food from the local shops and even ballroom dancing at the town’s Cultural Centre. After resting and recovering from jetlag, I took the metro to a site I had been to some years back, the Grand Place of Brussels. No photos can do this place justice, but I walked around snapping them all the same.
This jaw-dropping central square is a collection of buildings that range from Victor Hugo’s former residence to a hotel built to impress. Everywhere you look is a view to remember, and I wandered the wide open space looking up, trying to see every detail.
Of course some of Brussels best sights are the little alleyways that hold a great deal of soul.
I have enjoyed being here again, taking in the city, riding the trams, eating the chocolate and sharpening my cultural skills. I am reminded how important travel is to my work, how crucial discomfort is, being in a place where everything is different, from the way you purchase a ticket on the subway to how you behave in a restaurant. For anyone who thinks a culture like Belgium’s is not that different from that of the U.S., call me and we’ll talk.
Next up, my one day in Paris – so stay tuned!