Monday, October 21, 2013

A Tiny Ethiopian Coffee Experience

Autumn is in town. Alice and I have been contemplating the blog for a while now. Too long maybe. So time for action! And there is no better place to start then at Aksum, a small Ethiopian coffee house not too far from Grand Place.

There are only a handful of tables at Aksum and that means that you may have to wait for a table. But that doesn't really matter, because the coffee is wonderful.

Alice and I sat in the sunshine, sipped our lattes, caught up on our lives and made big plans for the blog.

It was our first time at Aksum, but we'll be back! The service was great and that is quite exceptional by Brussels standards.

・  Aksum, Spoormakersstraat 60 rue des Éperonniers, 1000 Brussels

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Did You Know That...

・  the city of Brussels is only one of the 19 municipalities - aka communes in the locally spoken Franglais (some weird mixture of French and English) - of the Brussels Capital Region (BCR)
・  each municipality has its own mayor and its own administration
・  Brussels-City has a little over 165,000 inhabitants (on January 1st 2011) and counts 163 different nationalities
・  the BCR has over 1.1 million inhabitants
・  the official languages of the BCR are Dutch and French, but you can hear anything from Arabic to Welsh (that is, if you know what any of the spoken languages round here sound like!)

Enough now! We do not want to scare you away with a full statistical fact sheet on Brussels! (You can find that here.) However, there is one more thing we would like to say before we kick off and start reporting on our adventures:

Welcome to our ・ b r u s s e l e n ・ blog!