HOW TO GET AHEAD: WORKING ABROAD ... BRUSSELS - This 24-hour city really is a hedonist’s haven - and we’re not taking the Pis

The Belgians have a reputation for being the most boring people in Europe. But apparently there’s more to Brussels than mussels.

The Belgians have a reputation for being the most boring people in

Europe. But apparently there’s more to Brussels than mussels.



’The fact that the Manneken Pis - a statue of a little boy passing water

- is the (almost) official symbol of Brussels is perfectly apt for a

city with the best beer and worst toilets in Europe,’ says Peter Shield,

European sales director of 24/7 Media Europe.



’Living in Brussels has been described as a victory of optimism over

intellect. Well, I’m an optimist - I love it. From pie-throwing

anarchists to an airline whose initials stand for Such A Bad Experience,

Never Again, Belgium has a character and charm some people find

illusive, others endearing.



Most of us just sit back on the terrace with chips, a kilo of mussels

and a glass of Chimay and treat the city as an entertaining live

show.



’From the sophistication of Ixelles and the villas of Teurvuren, to the

multicultural St Josse-Ten-Noode, where I reside, Brussels has a

cosmopolitan atmosphere normally only found in cities five time its

size. It has bars that never close, one of the best opera houses in the

world and restaurants that actually deliver what they promise. Brussels

is the city that invented hedonism.



’If you can’t hack the hectic pace then it’s 15 minutes to the airport,

1 hour 20 minutes to Paris by train, 90 minutes to Amsterdam by car or

35 seconds to the next bar!’



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