It has been about 4 weeks since my arrival in Belgium, and those weeks have been some of the best of my life. When my plane touched down on the endless flat terrain of Belgium, I was immersed into a completely foreign culture. Coming from Los Angeles, it was shocking to see brick buildings, cobblestone roads, and cloudy skies. I was especially surprised when a AFS Belgian representative I had never met, only a few moments after I landed, leaned in with his lips pressed together to say hello. I drastically dodged thinking he was trying to kiss me. He laughed, and then explained he was attempting to “bisou,” the common Belgian greeting, and not trying to kiss me.
- Me enjoying the Brussels Central.
- Me eating the classic Belgian Frites and mayonnaise. Many Americans call them « French Fries » but they are in fact Belgian fries.
- The famous Bruxelles Central, a popular area in down town Brussels where you can find lots of museums and tourist attractions.
- Me taking a « promenade » with one of the families two dogs in the fields next to our town, Ottignes.
- The stunning view from atop a monument in Waterloo, the place where Napoleon was defeated for the final time
Note: Hunter is on a year program from our Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Area Team (AT) to Belgium, 2018-2019. He is the recipient of an AFS-USA scholarship, the Helen Peggie Miller $5,000 merit- and needs-based scholarship. And,he is also the recipient of a GLA local merit-based scholarship.