I stayed in Urban City Centre Hostel which was very near to the Brussels Midi Station. I paid 20 EUR(per night) for a bed in a 4-Bed mixed dormitory. Luckily, I was with all girls who did not snore so sleeping was not a problem at all. They have a very modern bathroom, looked very nice, and was exceptionally clean. Our room also had a small balcony which is rare for a hostel room. The location was also very close to the city center so I did not have to take the Metro AT ALL, which gave me the possibility to really enjoy walking around the city. To find out more about the hostel, please click HERE.
During the day...
I woke up at around 9 AM and started my day with a small breakfast at a local cafe. Belgium is in Western Europe so, naturally, food would be more expensive than expected. Nevertheless, I tried my best to budget my money for the whole day trip (including shopping, of course). After this, I started walking around the city and took some pictures (see them below)
This building is located near the shopping area and looks very beautiful. I saw this as I was walking and just wanted to stop and stare at the amazing architecture and appreciate it.
This is a photo of me standing in front of the Opera in Brussels. I actually had to ask a stranger to take this picture since I was traveling alone. As I was walking around the area, I heard very loud music playing and decided to go see what was going on -- turns out it was actually a Tomorrowland pre-party. For those of you who do not know it, Tomorrowland is one of the biggest music festivals worldwide and it's annually held in Belgium. So I joined the party, met a few people and danced with them. I have to admit, it was crazy fun! I also got to meet a few Filipinos there which was a very nice experience.
After this party adventure, I continued walking around and shopping. They have the usual shops like Zara, H&M, New Yorker, MAC Cosmetics, etc. I bought some souvenirs for my friends and family and two Rubik's Cubes (nerdy, I know). I got hungry so I ate in Pizza Hut which was surprisingly super full. I continued walking around after my meal.
This photo may look like an intense architecture building but it's actually just Starbucks (very impressive, I know!) I just had to take a photo of this because I found this interesting!
About 9 hours of walking later, I decided to go to the cinema and ended up watching 2:22. I was very surprised because most of the films they were showing were in English, with French subtitles, of course. It was a nice movie (I may have fallen asleep for about 20 minutes because I was super tired, haha) and that was the end of my day.
Going home, I took the Thalys train which was very convenient and fast. They normally have trips around Belgium, France, and Germany. I am not quite sure where else but I definitely recommend this train for travelers who are seeking comfort and who want to get to their destination quickly and safely!
Hey there! My name is Jesuena. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Germany at the age of sixteen. Now, I am living in my own little apartment in Essen, Germany and finding time to travel during holidays and weekends. At the age of 18, I have already traveled to over 15 countries. Join me as I share my stories.