When in Belgium

dec. 13, 2017

I reckon I am a lucky person because I have travelled a lot around the world so I have a good benchmark. Altough this is the second country where I work which means that I spend more time than a regular 2 weeks vacation. I have been to Belgium before although it was 15 years ago now but basic things have not changed.


I think when you are thinking about Belgium the first things are coming to the picture: chocolates, beers and from the history side Waterloo or 2nd World War.

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3. Custom development

Another likable point that Belgium is in the heart of Europe. If you want you can be in Paris, London, Amsterdam within 2,5 hours by train but if you like driving you can be on the shore within 1,5 hours or within Ardennes if you want to see some green around you. Around Leuven you can find huge parks, some of them have several football fields, tennis courts, rugby and basketball court as well. 


Author: Pok Balint. You can connect with Balint on LinkedIn.

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