What do I like about Belgium?
That they serve those little cookies with tea or coffee, this ”classical tradition” of serving wine with olives (still don’t understand the reason but I love wine and olives so I like this tradition), that the beautiful architecture is not only in Brussels but everywhere (by everywhere I mean Gent, Brugge, and other smaller towns).
The car/train trip to Namur and then south along the river is one of the nicest things you can do if the Brussels pomposity is not your style.
And Brussels? ”The capital of Europe”… no, thanks.
My memories will be a very bad ”tourist” food (I know that you are suppose to expect a low quality as a tourist, but even my ”badfood” expectations were outranked), a heavy traffic, and an unending stream of tourists… people who feel their importance growing when visiting a big known city, taking pictures, posting them, buying belgian chockolate for friends. ”I am cool, I am important, I am a tourist in Brussels, that means I have enough money to travel”.
We did study RTF (relational frame theory) at university. An example of relational framing is to make some kind of relation between words in your mind that puts two different words together and make them to mean the same thing to you (sorry for this explanation of a big complicated theory). For example ”food” relates to ”fat” in some persons mind, and becomes food=fat, or skinny=beautiful, etc.
So I see many relational frames in Brussels, like ”I am in Brussels=I am a cool guy”, ”I took a picture of this building=I am a succesfull person as you all (my friends) can see”.
As you see, there is no need to be any logical connection between statements, but it doesn’t stop people from thinking that way.
Next time I go somewhere, I would want me to try to answer the question Why do I want to be there.