It has been two months or more since I have written my first piece about my stay in Belgium, (you may read it here) and during that course of time a lot has changed, some of my perspectives changed as well. For now all I know is that I miss these things:
I miss the train station of Antwerp, the busy life of people arriving and leaving but still seeing that it is still more peaceful to where I am now. The beauty of the architecture thinking that, wow this is just a train station, but to where I am now it looks like a cathedral already.
I miss every step on the streets of Antwerp on where by just walking around you will already see beautiful places, from bakeshops to restaurants to just simply breathtaking infrastructures around.
One thing that is however a flaw is the cathedral that we have been to, for me you shouldn’t ask people for payments to go inside. Let them practice their faith and not get profit in return. Let the people appreciate the fact that this piece of building was made because of the faith shared by the people around.
Finally, in Antwerp what I miss the most is the Rubenshuis. Bart and I shared great time in here just appreciating the works of Peter Paul Rubens, thinking within ourselves what is the feeling that you are now a legend and your house is now being glorified together with your works. But we all know he’s dead, it is kind of sad because he did not get to see his works progress in the modern times. However, one thing is for sure, even though what you are doing now that you won’t get to see in the future, at least you know you did your part and you have lived your life creating what you love.
Now we move to Bart’s hometown, Gent. Gent has a special place in my heart, it may not be my favourite Belgian city, but it is the most special one for a whole lot of reasons.
First is that my love for their old city is just strong, if that’s the proper term to say. I mean it is just so amazing that they still preserve their history in that manner, on where you could just take a tram and you’re already there seeing a piece of the old times. And I see it as a totally respectable thing to do for a nation.
Another one that I miss the most as well is the graffiti alley or most known as the Graffitistraatje, you will be able to see great pieces in there and that’s just something fascinating for me at least
But what I miss the most are the night lights, on our very first night in Gent we got to see these lights that illuminate the Gravensteen Castle, which for me makes it more amazing. But yes, we tend to preserve that scene with our own eyes only because we both believe some happenings are just more special when you just live on it and appreciate every second of it in the present time.
Yes, I know it is redundant now to say all the other things I have missed in Belgium. But all I know is this, I miss the life there, the simplicity and even the calmness that may also be found in the cities. So yeah, I guess, till then. I’ll see you soon Belgium!