A lot has happened since I last posted! To clear everything up a bit for those who don’t know, I am still in Europe. I have been living in Brussels for the last month and am interning at the Fulbright Commission here!
So catch you up on what I’ve done in the past few months here’s a whirlwind version:
For my Easter break I visited London, Cambridge, Dublin and Belfast!
The weather was shockingly beautiful – warm and sunny with gorgeous blue skies for the whole week.
Any Bedknobs and Broomsticks fans (other than me and my sister) to appreciate this?
I had a day trip out to Cambridge to visit my friend Alicia studying there!
Old graffiti in the chapel!
Of course we went punting!
Back in London:
I had the best Indian food since coming back 3 years ago at a place called Dishoom!
Next stop was Dublin
I met up with Griffin, a friend from Minnesota who goes to Trinity College!
My first fish and chips!
Hot cross bun because it was just before Easter
I met up with Abby and Ellen, two friends from Mount Holyoke who graduated two years ago who happened to have a trip to Ireland planned at the same time. Abby wanted to do a black cab tour of the political murals and the area around the Peace Line. It ended up being a highlight of the entire trip and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Our next stop was the Titanic museum because the Belfast docks are where the Titanic was built
First up a proper Ulster fry!
One of the best meals of the trip at an adorable, quirky restaurant that wouldn’t have been out of place in Minneapolis
Us at the Peace Wall!
Just a day after this trip Hugo rolled into town for a week! Here we are at my favorite pizza place
At the urging of several friends we biked to the beach at Palavas. We ran into my host mom and got given free brioche by a nice boulanger!
And along the way we got to see Montpellier’s Hotel de Ville! It looks pretty scary because of the lighting but it’s a gorgeous and very avant garde building
Later that week I took the train down to Barcelona to meet up with my parents and little brother, Timothy! They were down there to see my dad’s host family from Angers, the Tigers, who I visited in early March!
We had just a few days in Barcelona but it was a wonderful time in a beautiful city
An amazing bakery I found online called Caelum where the goods are made by nuns of the region!
The most amazing patatas bravas and mushrooms and asparagus at Ciudad Condal
The incredible view form my parents’ tiny airbnb in Montpellier
Timothy had a great time in Montpellier, mostly chasing pigeons
Fun last dinner in Montpellier with my mom! Those little pails are filled with the most delicious potatoes and the sardine cans have lovely , creamy asparagus
We headed up to Paris to stay with my dad’s aunt Joyce for about a week
My dad outside the bank where he interned 26 years ago!
We met up with our good family friends, the Blondeaus!
Joyce, my mom and I walked around Marly-le-Roi
One of my favorite streets in Paris: Rue de Montorgueil
My new favorite historic landmark: l’hotel de sens. That little black dot on the facade is a cannonball from 1830!
After my family flew home I went back to Montpellier, packed up and moved back up to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to do research for my senior history thesis. Although these 3 weeks were mostly spent inside archives and libraries the weather was beautiful and I did get to appreciate it during lunch breaks and while walking around to take pictures
For a little vacation I went down to Saint Raphael to visit my Uncle’s sister-in-law and her husband and got to have a relaxing few days
A month ago I moved to Brussels for my internship at the Fulbright. I almost immediately found a chocolate shop made just for me!
The Grand Place truly is that magnificent!
My first Belgian frites!
The original Manneken Pis!
The view of Brussels from Mont des Arts. The Royal Library, where my office is located is the building directly to the left
A few weeks ago I went to Antwerp for the day with my office’s director, who had a meeting there, and the other intern. The University of Antwerp had two American students studying there show us around and we had an amazing time!
The weekend after I went to Utrecht for an MHC alumnae welcome lunch for an incoming Dutch student
The lunch spread for the alumnae lunch! The alumna who hosted the lunch let me stay with her and I had a wonderful time with her family
My favorite fry stand in Brussels is in the back of this picture!
My friend Miriam from Mount Holyoke was in town for a few days on a post-graduation European tour and we had a delicious meal at an Ethiopian restaurant!
I had a last minute, breakneck speed day trip to London last weekend in order to get out of Schengen and not overstay my French visa!
My 4th of July tour of some Art Nouveau houses!
If I’d seen the listing I would have definitely blown all my Lynk funding to stay in the Tassel House
Basically, I’ve had a crazy and exciting and wonderful few months. I am loving my internship and have found Brussels to be a beautiful and interesting city. I’ll try to stay on top of the rest of my blogs because I have a lot of exciting things coming up!