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Brussels, accommodation and dinner

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When I started looking for accommodation in the Belgian capital, the prices of the hostels (which mostly included some type of breakfast) did not fall below 20 euros per night, in a shared dormitory with a minimum of 8 people, with shower and washbasins in the hallway. Reducing the number of possibilities on the list to only three establishments, in any of them I left for no less than 45 euros in total on Friday and Saturday nights, because Sunday would not be spent in Brussels.


After working on Friday, I wished my classmates a good weekend and I went to meet my friend and, with her, to leave my backpack at the hotel. Instead of the comfort of the bus, I bravely suggested walking for a little less than half an hour and thus breathing my first, and cold, dose of Belgian atmosphere.

If I had been alone and somewhat more clueless, maybe I would have stopped for dinner at Kaasmarkt Street / rue du Marché aux Fromages. which is full of restaurants of Greek and Italian food, with prices even for backpacking pockets. Relieved of the weight of the laptop (another reason to opt for a hotel instead of the hostel, a theoretically safer place to rest the gossip over the weekend), we headed to the Plaza Mayor of the city.

That night, in a curious picture, when a sheep came to sleep there, oblivious to the hustle and bustle that surrounded her, inside a Christmas nativity scene. As in the previous time I was here (I think it was in 2005), there was a light and sound show that stained the facade of the Town Hall and the Broodhuis / Maison du Roi, located right in front, of all kinds of shapes and colors , something that seems to be a common practice in this open space. Despite the cold, there were tourists everywhere, delighting in the changes of colors that were projected on the buildings. But the hunger was tightening, and, we must admit, the tiredness of a day that had begun with an alarm that rang at four in the morning.

For dinner, my friend surprised me by taking me to a brewery / brasserie near the building of the Stock Exchange, of unknown name (and that I think was not on the facade but that on the way back I found out: End of siècle) located in the number 10 Kartuizerstraat / rue des Chartreux, which has no loss because the building narrows and literally becomes the corner between two streets.

It is an establishment of high ceilings, a myriad of small tables for two people (located so next to each other that it looked more like the distribution of a banquet) and with two huge blackboards on the wall that separately announced food options and of drink (wine, apart from the usual selection of beers). The parishioners represented all ages and conditions, sitting in a space without physical separations and animatedly contributing to a talkative and human background music.

Things to keep in mind when you go to dinner here, which is something I highly recommend:

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