I have always loved fall. But autumn in Belgium in an entirely different season than the fall I’ve adored in Los Angeles. For one thing, the season actually begins close to the calendar’s “First Day of Autumn”. I’m not joking—the day before that first day, it was sunny and too warm to wear tights and sweaters but literally overnight fall set in and the gloom of clouds and drizzles made themselves very much known. Of course, I don’t mind the clouds—the softer lighting makes for interesting pictures—and my hot chocolate addiction looks all the more reasonable when it’s a bit chilly outside. Long story short: I’m loving the Belgium weather.
As this program is called the EU in Action, it makes perfect sense to be in close contact with the institutions that make the EU function and make Brussels more than a pretty dot on the map. Monday ended with a trip to the Council of the EU (note: different from the Council of Europe and the European Council, which are of course very different from each other) to discuss the current period of transition
plaguing, I mean, that the EU is currently
enjoying. All of us geeked out a bit
when we got to sit in the Council members’ chairs and “represent” (for a half
second) an EU country. (We also had fun guessing the English names of the EU
countries based on their native names).
My time in Belgium has been awesome, and I look forward to the adventures I have here for the rest of the semester. Until then, au revoir DC!
Credit for this blog post goes to third year Global Scholar Becca Ehling. Thanks, Becca!