Time to address some of the questions you’ve been sending/asking/totally implying this July. Woot.
If you had to pick a Belgian city to live in, which one would you pick?
The small, warm, wonderful community I’ve built in Belgium is in Ghent, so that’s where my heart is. That said, though, if Brugge had a more vibrant nightlife (or if I needed peace and quiet in order to finish a book or some other creative pursuit), I’d pick Brugge. It is so completely gorgeous and charming. Plus, it is where I found the Best Waffles Ever.
What should I pack for a summer trip to Belgium?
Layers. One week it will be rainy and a bit chilly (jacket and jeans weather) and the next week it will be sunny and humid (sundresses and sandals, ladies). Pack for a whole spectrum of weather options – and don’t forget your umbrella.
Is there anything you wish you brought with you?
A better umbrella. The best ones for rain + wind are the self-opening kind. A cheap umbrella won’t hold up long. And then you will A) be wet and B) feel stupid.
Is there anything you brought that you didn’t need?
At this point, I think I need to unload some books. They’re getting heavy.
What if I have to go to the doctor in Belgium?
It’s a piece of cake, friends. Just make an appointment (like you would anywhere) and head on in. Healthcare costs for foreigners are actually pretty comparable to co-pays in the U.S. And if you don’t know how to find a doctor, start at the local pharmacy or ask a Belgian friend.
Do note, though, that Belgium seems to have not caught onto the whole hospital gown thing and you might be just sitting there in the doctor’s exam room naked. Just try to pretend you’re at a spa.
Been on any dates?
Nope. But I’ve been flirting shamelessly, so I award myself half a point.
How are the Belgian men?
Sweet, often a little shy, and totally adorable, which is a nice break from the foot fetishists and subway pirates I normally attract.
Are you ready to leave?
Yes and no. I’m excited for Germany (and really, really excited for Switzerland), but I still have a great big crush on Belgium…so you can bet your sweet tooshie I’ll be back.
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