I like planning. I like taking a piece of paper and writing down things I need to pack, things I need to do next week, books I want to read, places I want to visit (and exact opening times and prices so I could make a vague day plan and an approximate budget) and of course bus times for next morning so I wouldn’t be late for work / meeting up with someone.
Knowing this, it’s probably not surprising that I have written down a list of things I want to do during my time in Brussels. I like having clear goals and I definitely do not want to go there to kill time. I want to go there to experience as much as possible and know in a year’s time that I have had an amazing year and I’m wiser and happier than before.
This list is not complete in any way, I’ll be adding things during my time there as well.
- Write down everything I spend. (So I’d learn not to spend so much money on ridiculously expensive cake and sweets.)
- Go to a French-speaking town and use only French to get by, no English allowed.
- Make a blog post in French. (Preferably without grammar mistakes…)
- Spend a weekend in London. (Just because I love London.)
- Take a cheap flight with just hand luggage to a random location. (Open Ryanair.com, close your eyes, point to a random destination.)
- Try ridiculously expensive chocolate of five different chocolatiers. (I know, this slightly clashes with #1.)
- Hop on a random train to take a trip to a random location. Try to get by in the local language, be it French or Dutch.
- Have a computer-free weekend. Not even a sneaky peek to check e-mails or Facebook!
- Find the local Estonians’ community and attend at least one event.
- Learn how to properly ride a bike. (I know, “You’re 22 and still can’t ride a bike!?”, no need to say it…)
- Learn how to swim properly. (I nearly drowned as a kid, okay? I’ll learn not to fear deeper water one day.)
- Write the dystopian story I’ve had in my head for three years by now. Or at least a few chapters!
- Go to at least three gigs. (Now this should be an easy one.)
- Go to the centre to have coffee during sunrise and enjoy the view. (Or tea, since my body doesn’t handle coffee all too well.)
- Take a tour in the European Parliament. Or two.
- Visit Waterloo. (It’s really close, would be silly not to go.)
- Party in Brussels’ “Gay Village”. (Brussels is supposed to be the gay capital of Europe and the parties are amazing, as I’ve heard.)
- Learn a new skill. (Or at least join a choir to develop an old skill.)
- Read more history books. Perhaps even in French.
- Learn enough about architecture to be able to properly admire the amazing historical buildings in Brussels and distinguish between different styles.
- Visit Willemijn in Gent.
- Visit Antwerpen and take a walk in the Diamond Quartier.
- Visit Brugge. (And perhaps do a boat tour on the canals.)