21 Things I Miss About Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Capital Region Iris

Brussels Capital Region Iris

Now that I’ve moved back to my home country in Canada, there are several things I miss about living in Brussels. I came up with a list of 21 things. I stopped because I probably could have kept going for a while. The funny thing is that some of the items on this list were things about Brussels that I couldn’t wait to get away from.

Things I miss about Brussels:

  1. Carrying a freshly-baked baguette under my arm
  2. Strangers yelling “Excuse moi madame”
  3. Dodging huge potholes and bags of garbage on the cobblestoned sidewalks
  4. Taking the Metro
  5. The women’s voice in the Metro saying the next stop in three languages
  6. The misty rain
  7. The Arc de Triomphe

    Arc de Triomphe

    Arc de Triomphe

  8. Speaking in broken french
  9. After-work drinks on the patio with (~15) of my office colleagues at one table
  10. The cold rudeness of service staff
  11. Grand Place

    Hotel de Ville, Brussels Grand Place

    Hotel de Ville, Brussels Grand Place

  12. Frits (fries) in a cone
  13. Australian Ice Cream
  14. Leige Waffles
  15. Cote d’Or Chocolate
  16. Tiny coffees
  17. Manneken Pis

    Manneken Pis

    Manneken Pis

  18. Working in an office building that is in an old mansion
  19. Place Lux
  20. Random worker strikes and other news that’s so odd that it doesn’t sound real/true
  21. Markets, especially Christmas markets

When I look at photos from Belgium, I feel nostalgic so I have a feeling that it won’t be too long before I’m booking a vacation to Europe.

Did you come back from living abroad and miss “random” things about the country/culture? Were there things that you were surprised you missed?


About Nicole Basaraba

Nicole Basaraba is a Canadian writer focusing on topics of travel (Mondays), writing and literature (Wednesdays), lifestyle (Fridays) and her experiences living in the capital city of Europe: Brussels, Belgium.
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7 Responses to 21 Things I Miss About Brussels, Belgium

  1. I hear you, Nicole! There’s something about living in Europe that is hard to leave behind.

  2. Oh, Nicole! I didn’t realize you were moving back to Canada — it’s wonderful to be away and, also, wonderful to come home again ;). As for those odd things we miss about a city (rude service staff, LOL!), those are the very things that make a place memorable, I think… I know you’ll visit Brussels again.

  3. whoa. 6 and 10?! we just got here, so we’re still getting used to all of this stuff and those are blowing my mind over here! haha but I’m definitely loving 20….those are wonderfully hilarious!

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