In the afternoon we went to the Atomium. The Atomium was built for the 1958 World's Fair. It reminded me of the Seattle Space Needle. We were able to go up the elevator to the top of the Atomium and then down to the middle level. We had a Belgian Waffle at the cafe (yuuuummmy) and then down to meet up with all the students.
|Czech students and me at the Atomium|
|One of the Gothic Cathedrals on the way to the Royal Palace|
|Belgium symbol: Mannekin Pis|
When ever something important so someone
important is coming to Brussels, they
dress Mannekin Pis up in that fashion.
He is wearing a French uniform because
some French officials were in town
|Ida and Me at Mannekin Pis|
|Fresh local markets|
|City Hall in Grand Market|
|Me at Grand Market|
|Radka, Me, Ida, and our new Belgian colleague/friend Sylvie|
|BEST BEST Belgian Waffle I've Had|
|Some of my Czech students waiting for everyone|
Then as you walk towards the main city center, you come across what is left of the original "Prison". This building use to be the prison and parts of the surrounding barrier wall can be seen as well. Now, it is used as a museum.
|This is one of the many|
cathedrals in Brussels
After we went through Brussels, we walked through the rain until we got to the European Parliament. Belgium may not have a government at the moment (been over a year since they have had a government), the European Countries have their parliament in Brussels. The Belgium students met us at the Parliament and when we got inside we split into two groups. The Belgium students had a tour in Dutch and the Czech students had a tour in Czech. I was kinda out of luck. Since I don't know Dutch (my grandfather spoke fluent Dutch...not me) and my Czech is limited, I was only able to observe my surroundings and not gather much information. I did grab a brochure in English to bring back to the European history teachers at my school district. Even though I didn't understand the language, I was able to see some amazing things. I still feel VERY lucky to have been able to go on this exchange and be apart of this experience. To say this has been a once in a life time opportunity would be an understatement.
The European Parliament has been said to be one of the most powerful legislatures in the world. It has 736 EU members, who participate in the 2nd largest democratic electorate in the world. The Czech Republic has 22 elected officials represented at Parliament.
|Self portrait of me at the European Parliament|
|me at European Parliament|
|Flags of all the countries that belong to the European Union|