St Pancras International. 9:40 AM. “Are you going back home, miss?” the cashier asked me when I was buying breakfast. “Mmmm?” I wasn’t sure what she meant. “France! You’re french, right?” she pointed to departure gates next to the shop. People often thinks that I’m french, but this conversation later took on a deeper meaning than I then thought.
5:20AM. Coach and highway lights.
Random St Pancras photo.
As I mentioned million times before – my soul belongs in London and I couldn’t imagine a better place to study+work than Leicester. But I feel like it’s important to note that I still feel homesick sometimes. Just Google ‘Vilnius’ and you’ll know the reason. Even if there are certain aspects of Lithuania that I don’t like – home is home, unperfect as they may be they will still be YOUR home.
Who knew (certainly not me) that this trip will lead to a beautiful discovery – Brussels is the perfect cure for my homesickness! If London and Vilnius would have a baby it would be Brussels. I dropped my bags at the hotel and I headed off to explore the city.
Random fact: I will always prefer train journeys over planes. Although I love airports and flying, trains secured a special place in my heart a very long time ago. When #DMUGlobal (more about this later) emailed me confirming my place in the trip to Brussels I booked my tickets straight away. First international train journey! Thanks to ‘Eurostar’ it surely justified my expectations.
And the last thing – once again, all of the pictures are raw. Edited versions may appear on my Instagram at some point. Oh, and as requested – more captions. Enjoy!
Outside Brussels train station.
Couldn’t be more satisfied with the location of my hotel. City center life, woohoo!
This reminds me of Cambridge.
I love brown color and classic architecture. Needless to say, Brussels is like sugar to my eyes.
At this point, two people have asked me for directions assuming I was local. Fun fact: There are so many people speaking French here! I used to have French lessons and I love this language. The problem is that I can understand most of it, but I haven’t reached that level of being able to answer. Baby steps!
No caption needed.
Just look at these fascinating details!
I love how my new camera captions small details.
There’s a lot of graffiti (or should I say street art?) everywhere.
Q & A
- What do you use to take photos?
These were taken with iPhone 7.
2. There’s mistake/typo there/here/and there.
My apologies. At this point, 99% of my body consist of macarons and Belgian chocolate. It took me 40 years to make this post and although I did my best, clearly that 1% was not enough to write properly. Whoopsy. If you spot a typo or have any other questions just drop me a message!
3. What’s #DMUglobal?
#DMUglobal is an international experience program for De Montfort University students, which aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and to develop key skills valued by employers.
Through #DMUglobal, the university offers a wide range of opportunities including Erasmus+ and international exchange, academic-led trips, student-led trips, summer schools, internships, and volunteering, as well as the UK and on-campus activities. (x)