This past weekend, January 25-27, I celebrated my friend’s birthday by visiting her in Brussels, Belgium! This was the first time I traveled by myself since getting to Rome. It was nerve-racking, but I learned a lot about myself. Once I safely arrived at my friend Katherine’s apartment, we immediately set out to get food. I had my first burger since being in Europe, and I’m not sure if it was because I had only eaten a can of Pringles that day, but it was AMAZING. Belgium has made mayo apart of its core food groups, and I am definitely not complaining about it!

We spent the rest of the day exploring the city, and after only being there for five hours I can safely say that Brussels is so weird. The streets smell like sweet waffles (which are delicious by the way) and everywhere you turn you see a shop selling a statue of the city’s favorite monument: a fountain little boy peeing. I know. So weird. But, as I soon realized, it perfectly encapsulated the city’s quirky charm.

Something I have tried to get into the habit of is running in each place that I visit. For Brussels, I was able to run every morning. On my first run I decided to run straight in one direction to try and avoid getting lost. A mile and a half into it I come across a pony farm in the middle of a park, which was in the middle of the city center. Again, so weird.

Brussels has three national languages and is the capital of the European Union. Walking down the street, you see and hear a plethora of nationalities and languages. Whether it is French, Dutch, English or German you will hear all at some point during your stay in Brussels.

Another thing that shocked me was how much it rained. Each day there was a constant mist in the sky. Not enough to not be able to walk without an umbrella, but every time you walked into a store you would realize that you were in a constant state of dampness.

Okay, I know what you are waiting for: the chocolates. Let me tell you, they most definitely live up to the hype. Katherine and I stopped into a Godiva store and split seven pieces of fancy chocolates and it was the best chocolate I have ever had in my life.