It's been a week since my last post and a lot has happened since then. I'm not confident that it will be easy to adjust from one post a week to three once DU's school year begins.
When so much is happening, one can get easily frazzled. On the same day as my last post, the ISA group and I visited the European Parliament Museum, also known as the Parliamentarium. The interior architecture of the building was quite intricate and the technology they used to show and tell the exhibits was pretty cool as well. Everyone received an iPod-like device and an earpiece, and then when there was a picture that showed that something would play, you would scan the device over the sign.
The history of Europe and the European Parliament requires many hours of learning if you want to obtain a really vast understanding of it.
Two days later, we all went to the Cantillon Brasserie (Brewery) to learn about Belgium and its many different types of beer. For example, if a lambic is made anywhere other than Belgium, it is not a lambic as a lambic is specifically a beer made in Belgium. We were preached a lot of unfortunate realities about how society is reliant on the cheap and easy uses and existences of sugar.Le Brasserie Cantillon takes pride in producing all-organic beers that have distinct flavors that beer should have. Most beers nowadays, even in Belgium are so mass-produced, that brands are reliant on factory processes as opposed to letting nature take its course. Cantillon will have made profits on its beer three years from now, because that's how long an actual, uninterrupted process takes. They take pride in being purists, despite sliding down the totem pole of Belgian beer, because everyone wants a quick fix. The same applies even more so in the United States.
(Alberto preaching his beer sermon, turning us all into snobs)
Last on this past week's agenda was an excursion to Wallonia, Belgium's southern region. We visited the Citadel in Namur which had some breathtaking views and a lot of history, as well as the abbey in Floreffe where we were taken on a tour around the church and sampled some of their trappist beer and cheese.
This week is the first week of classes, so it's time to get serious. Until next time...here is the group enjoying our time in Brussels.