Brussels, Belgium: Why I Was Not A Fan And Need A Re-Do
Have you ever been to Brussels, Belgium before?
Very rarely do I not like a place when I travel. Even if a place is not the greatest I will find things I like about it. No place is perfect. But I’ll be honest and say that I was not a huge fan of Brussels, Belgium. This should not sway you from visiting, though. Everyone has their own opinions and I have tons of friends who loved and enjoyed their time in Brussels. Travel is so subjective. Brussels was one of the rare places that I didn’t connect with. This was highly disappointing to me because I want to love or at the very least, like every place that I visit.
When I left Paris for Brussels, I remember my local Paris friend told me to skip it. Another friend who lives in Amsterdam that I was going to see after Belgium told me to skip it too. So strange, I thought. My American friends who were in Paris at the same time said they loved it. I thought what could be so bad about beer, chocolate, and the European capital? Even when people tell me not to go places, I want to form my own opinion and see it for myself.
The main reason I didn’t like Brussels is that I didn’t feel safe while exploring the city. I had already been traveling for 6 months around the world by myself and consider myself a capable solo female traveler. The first issue I had was when a strange man followed me for close to an hour. I’m quite street smart so I made sure not to go down quiet streets and to stay in very busy places. I made weird twists and turns through the Christmas markets yet he was still in my peripheral view. I decided to go into a cafe and I sat in there for a while in hopes that he would get tired of waiting for me. When I felt like he was gone, I bolted out of the cafe, had lunch really quickly, and then took a taxi to the train station to leave the city.
Besides this man who followed me, there were also a handful of men who spoke to me in Chinese (I am not Chinese…I am Asian though) which I found odd. And lastly, I had some homeless people yell at me. And not just yell but berate me. That didn’t bother me so much and I figured that it wasn’t about me so I kept walking and tried to ignore it. But after being followed and strange men talking to me, I just felt uncomfortable.
I hate not loving places but I felt so uncomfortable in the day time and that never happens! Sorry Brussels, you gave me weird vibes. I really want to like you. It’s not you, it’s me. Perhaps I’ll come back again but with a travel companion next time. I do want to go back though since I am a huge lover of Belgian beer.
Regardless, I did stumble upon a really great cafe for mussels not far from the central square or Grote Mrkt. Click here to find out where!
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Are there places you didn’t jive with when you traveled? Where and why?