The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

On the road…

The weather may often frustrate you, but walking is one of the best ways to explore a city. There’s always something new to discover and things old waiting to be rediscovered. Such was the charm we chanced upon perambulating the streets of Brussels glimmering in the rays of a clear Sunday morning. Indeed a pleasant surprise after the rainy welcome the day before!

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The hunched together houses and still sleepy cafes were just about showing signs of life when walking on the cobblestoned streets we came across a merry group of people making music right there on the street, standing in front of an unusual backdrop as if singing for a cause.

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Walking through we came to Notre Dame du Petit Sablon. And ah the nature of daylight in a Gothic church is truly awesome as it splashes colour upon the airy walls, fleshing up the bony structure of the church. 

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Indeed the power of art, high or low, is in how it acts upon us – captivating us, magically holding us in our stead. For as we walked out of those hallowed portals, we came to the antique market just outside. And there I was again fascinated, a kid in a candy shop.

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Pouring old postcards, browsing through Ukiyo-e prints and Dutch still-lifes, mesmerised by the exquisite glassware and the blackforest carvings – I travelled to another era, reading names of places and things of a bygone age when things were sepia and chinoiserie and japonisme were still the fads.

Hours could have passed by had I not been reminded by my dear friend of the other things waiting to be seen. Time only enters the mind of the ignorant, and resigning myself to my plight I decided to continue taking in the seduction, disrobing the city bit by bit, getting under its skin as it roused itself to delight me with its sights and sounds…

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This entry was posted on November 9, 2013 by in Leisure, Saarthak, Travel.
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