David goes to Brussels

David spent a couple of days in Brussels. The official reason for the trip was participating in an event put on by Balliol College in the European Parliament building, as part of the celebrations of Balliol’s 750-year anniversary this year. Apart from meeting up with the Master and a few old acquaintances, it was very nice to get to see Simon and Renate, and to spend a few hours wandering “down memory lane”, including eating “stoemp” in the “Roy d’Espagne” on the Grand’ Place! Brussels has not changed dramatically, except for a number of pompous new EU buildings, the coming of the TGV, and the renovation of the metro (ongoing), and of the Cathedral and the Porte de Halle (finished).

The journey back across Paris nearly ended in disaster – David missed the train back to Zurich in the Gare de Lyon by emerging from the underground (during the rush hour) in the wrong place in the station (there are two enormous halls where long-distance trains depart!). Although he officially missed the last connection, he finally arrived home at 01:45 after travelling via Mulhouse, Basel and Olten, by train and bus…