Alrighty, let me just start out by saying that Belgium was pretty amazing. We we first arrived we went on our tour of a chocolate factory. We learned about the entire process of how they harvest the coco beans, and how they make that into the different types of chocolate. (white, milk, dark). Then we watched one of their employees make chocolate right in front of us, which we got to try (that was totally my favorite part).
Walking around Brussels was different then you might imagine. I originally thought it was going to be all historic, but I was surprised to see that it was a definite mixture of old and new. In other cities there was definite separation between the older and the newer districts, but in Belgium, specifically Brussels you could see one old building and then a modern looking one right next to each other.
Some of the most notable landmarks they have we went to see. We saw the Mannequin Pis, (which is a little boy peeing who apparently saved the town by peeing on a fire), and the Atomium, which is a huge building shaped like an atom where you can have dinner in if you're willing to pay 50 euros for a salad.
We also went and saw the European Parliament, where the EU does a lot of their decision making. Unfortunately their main center where they all meet was closed due to construction, but we still had a lot of educational information that I found pretty interesting. We learned about how they are set up, with a sort of checks and balances between three decision making groups, and how the parties are constructed and how they use their time.
I think my favorite part of Belgium was Brugge, a medieval city near the sea. We went and walked around the city, and went on a boat tour of the canals. Everything in the city was beautiful. They had amazing buildings and shops, and I could have spent a week just being in that one place, but of course I said that about most of the places we went!
This entire trip was really a fantastic experience, and I am so glad that I got to have this adventure with a really fantastic group of people!