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Another pleasant day in Brussels, house hunting. We found another excellent apartment, this one near the central station. It is more expensive, but it also has more room and a well designed kitchen and bathroom. The low town around central station is quite touristy, but the small streets surrounding the touristy core are gorgeous and full of interesting nooks and stores. So hard to choose:

The south station apartment has a stunning view over the old fortifications and is across the road from a small park. The central station apartment has an ordinary view and is several blocks from the nearest park. The south station apartment needs a complete remodel of the kitchen and bathroom, and even then it won’t be ideal due to the limiting room. The central station apartment has an excellent bathroom and kitchen, but is on the forth floor and has no lift. The south station area has no tourists and yet is full of nice cafes and shops. The central station area is full of tourists but also interesting and will cut 15 minutes off my daily round-trip commute. Which is best?

Also, while walking around the low town we came across a very short parade consisting of a brass band followed by a gaggle of people dressed up in blackface and holding giant kitchen implements. What is it with Belgians and blackface? Arriving back in Leuven, the train station had been turned into a fun-fair and a parade was on going. How I love living in Belgium…

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