I've mainly been in two places in Belgium: Louvain-la-Neuve (the location of my internship) and Brussels.
Louvain-la-Neuve (LLN) is a planned city, meaning that the purpose of its construction was to house the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). As a result, the design is very much intentional, and LLN has an ever-present "college town" vibe to it. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, university buildings, dorms (known as kots in Belgium), and also a lake and a park. Everything is walkable; I haven't walked more than 15 minutes to get to anything in town.
|Some wood structures made by architecture/civil engineering students at UCL|
|A family of geese at the lake!|
As for Brussels, it's less than an hour away by train (the train system is great!). I've been a couple times now—with different people, seeing different things:
|Mont des Arts|
|CityTree: a green initiative by Green City Solutions. It is a 13-foot wall of specific moss cultures and apparently has the "same effect as up to 275 urban trees."|
|Visited the Atomium and Brosella (jazz festival)|
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