If you had 36 hours in a brand new country what would you do? Would you plan every last minute to the detail or completely wing it? Here’s what we got up to in Brussels.
In the name spontaneity we arrived in Brussels with only a place to stay and a day and a half to discover what this city had to offer. With me on this trip was my good friend Chance who, fair play to the man, completely trusted me and came to Belgium with a weeks notice and no plan.Whenever I visit a new city I always find one place I want to see. In this case it was Place Poelaert, a higher ground that offers an uninterrupted panorama of Brussels. I always use this place as a pinpoint, a destination I want to eventually get to, with that in mind we embarked on a journey across the city in search of a real feel for Brussels.One thing that took me by surprise was the architecture of the city. I didn’t expect such scale and grandeur. The Les Galeries Saint Hubert is the perfect example of this with a vast glass roof framed with ornate statues and meticulously detailed facades. Avoiding the tourist traps of the city led us into backstreets and gave us a more authentic feel of Brussels. The diversity of the people is something that hit us immediately and that reflects in the variety of architecture on show.
With only one night in Brussels it was important to have a central base with minimal effort. When the opportunity came up to stay in a penthouse on one of the most sought after streets in Brussels it was too good to say no to. A minimalists dream set on the 10th floor in a modern scandi style, this apartment was absolutely stunning. I only wish we had more time to enjoy it. If you’re planning on heading to Brussels and want to stay here you can check out the penthouse on Airbnb by following this link. We found out our apartment was right next door to one of Brussels’ best dive bars, serving cheap beers to the soundtrack of a local DJ who was obviously a fan of old school club bangers (I can’t remember the last time I heard Jamiroquai on a night out). Space Cowboy aside we decided with just one night, potentially ever in this city, we’d fully make the most of it and put a ban on social media. We shortly found ourselves adopted by a group of Belgian and Dutch girls and embarked on the strangest bar crawl we’ve ever been on, from Whitney Houston in the karaoke bars to the pub dance off, it’s probably for the best no photos will ever surface from that night.
I’d also like to take this time to thank the group we met over there. Thank you for being so welcoming to two complete strangers and showing us your city. we’ve definitely found ourselves some friends for life.
“The aftermath of the night before”
With only a few of hours left and both of us feeling a little worse for wear we decided to tick something off Chances list and embark on the walk to Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, home of Anderlecht Football Club. Anderlecht are one of Europes oldest elite clubs and you can almost feel this being around the ground. Much like Anderlecht the stadium has seen its best days and now has a more hardened European feel to it, definitely not a place you’d fancy your chances on an away day.This also gave me the perfect excuse to fully test the Yuneec Breeze drone and climb above the prestigious ground with the city of Brussels in the backdrop.
If there’s one thing I’ll take from this trip it would be that life is short and it’s important to make the most of the time we have. I feel in my element embracing the spontaneity that life can offer and truly chasing adventure wherever that may be.
Until next time,