Well, I’ve been back in DC for two and a half days now and I can’t stop having “Brussels pangs”. I miss everything: my breakfasts (which may or may not have included copious amounts of Belgian chocolate), speaking French on a daily basis, my fabulous internship, all my Brussels friends, who are more or less scattered across Europe for the next few weeks, the dynamic energy of Europe’s capital, and yes, the waffles.
This program was everything I could have asked for and more. I had a lot of fun (see above what I usually ate for breakfast!), and I learned a great deal about Belgium, a tiny country—just the size of Maryland—but, nonetheless, a nation that is unbelievably multifaceted. I also learned about the history and politics of the continent, and about the Europe’s working world. My internship at Liberty TV went above and beyond my expectations. The group I worked with was very talented and supportive, and I left with much more knowledge and many more practical skills than I had when I first arrived.
I am grateful for having had such an amazing opportunity and I strongly encourage others to participate in this program next year…just don’t tell me when you do, because I think I’ll be way too jealous to be able to handle it!