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Three Days in Brussels

By February 3, 2009One Comment

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!

Vicki Flier Hudson

Vicki Flier Hudson

Vicki Flier Hudson, Chief Collaboration Officer for Highroad Global Services, Inc. inspires people to leverage the full power of differences. She has helped countless large-sized corporations establish successful operations across the globe and build bridges across cultures, distance, and time.

One Comment

  • Peter Nguyen says:

    Vicki,
    Thanks for this posting.
    Hope you did get a chance to try the ‘fresh’ chocolate I recommended. I also enjoyed the small alleyways. I remember not only the sights but the smell of it.

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