Brussels, Home of the European Commission and jack-knifed buses

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We are just now leaving Brussels having spent less than one full day in the city.  We are on the move constantly as we are pretty much on a whirlwind tour of Europe at the beginning of this program.  Last night we had a guided tour of the city which taught us that Brussels is a city famous for its beer and chocolate (both wonderful things).  Left to our own devices for the evening, a bunch of us convened in the plaza in front of the town hall and sat to watch day turn into night and the centuries old buildings light up in all their splendor.  Of course, one can truly appreciate their splendor to a greater degree with a bottle of wine and/or beer… luckily we had both.

This morning we had class at the European Commission, a division of the European Union.

  Two speakers spoke to us about the development of the European Union and European product liability law.  Both speakers were interesting and enjoyed answering our questions about the differences between US and EU law.

Then came the most interesting part of our trip to Brussels.  After waiting for half an hour for a few wayward students to come back to the bus, our bus driver, a very competent man thus far, got us into a sticky situation that took another half an hour to fix.  Apparently a double-decker bus with a hitch on the back is too much for the streets of Brussels to handle and we got stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Well, actually it was a building and a parked car.  He rocked the bus back and forth like he was stuck in some fine New England snow until, eventually, he rammed into the car.

  By now we had stopped traffic in three directions and the police were on the scene to try to help us get out of there.  The car now being damaged, our driver decided to make some room in front of us so he rammed the building.  Best part was that there were people on the second floor of the building watching the bus ram into their home.  We were on the top level of the double-decker bus so we had a birds eye view of the mayhem.

Now it's time for Luxembourg.  Our hotel sits atop a beautfiul tree lined gourge.  There has been some talk about making a weekend trip to Paris... hopefully we can make that happen.  Later folks!

-Jon

PS I am having some difficulties uploading photos right now.  I will try again either later tonight or tomorrow at some point.  There are plenty and some are actually worth looking at.

espydiva says:
Yummy, chocolate......:)
Posted on: Jun 26, 2008
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