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Kara Fameree
Friday, May 30, 2014

​Today was the 12th day on our European Business Travel Seminar. We have spent the last three days in Brussels, Belgium and sadly tomorrow we will be leaving this lively and vivacious city. Since it was our last day to explore the capital of Belgium, the group tried to fit as many activities as we still could. We had a late wake up call, which was nice and had another delicious breakfast downstairs in our hotel’s dinning area.

The transportation that the class took today was the subway, which is always an experience. After a little difficultly with some students not being able to use their public transportation cards we all finally and successfully got on the subway to get to our first museum. We were in luck today and the two museums that the group was touring were right next to each other, so that cut down on travel time. The museums were connected with a huge archway, which we learned about during our first tour, was created with only one arch but the people of Belgium didn’t like so it was blown up and three arches were built in its place. The museum was called the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History, and it consisted of more than 10 centuries of Belgium and worldwide history. The exhibition can be explained in stages, first it showed how Belgium came to be and how they gained their independence as well as how they helped others gain independence. Second would be Belgium during the Second World War and the invasion of the country, it showed what would be the fate of the population and also covered what the war was like outside the borders of Belgium. Third would be the four years of daily suffering, as well as the waiting and boredom for the soldiers. Fourth was the four years after that, which included famine and denial of liberty with absence of news. And finally the exhibit showed the birth of the 20th century, which included political, social and economic consequences of the conflict. The museum consisted of remarkable objects such as well-preserved uniforms, suits of armor, firearms, crafted swords, vehicles and airplanes. Our knowledgeable tour guide took us through the exhibition and answered all of our questions; the fact that I found most interesting was what the colors represent on the Belgium flag. The three colors are red, yellow, and black. The red shows the blood of all the soldiers that lost their lives fighting for Belgium’s independence. The yellow represents the wealth that they Belgium people had. And the black represents the mourning of their dead.

After our very informational tour we had a quick hour break for lunch and socializing. We then began our tour at AutoWorld, which is a vintage car museum. We didn’t have a tour guide for this museum but got the privilege to listen to an audio guide, where we learned that the museum holds around 350 vintage European and American vehicles. The ages of the cars range from the 19th century to the seventies. It was interesting to see what an old automobile looked back then because it much different than how they look now. To see the 1930 version of the Bugatti was so fascinating, today I would consider it to be a timeless car and back then it was even more beautiful. Our time at AutoWorld was short but educational; we then headed back to the subway that took us to the main square in Belgium where we shopped for there famous chocolate and from there called it a day.

I grabbed some dinner with friends and packed! We travel to Paris tomorrow, which is our last stop on the Travel Seminar.

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