It’s been now a couple of months that I’ve been living in Brussels and studying at Université Libre de Brussels and there are few habits that I have developed over time since I arrived. First of all, I am very lucky that I live very close to the university, however this blessing is also a hidden curse; I live so close that I am always late and I run to class 5-10min before class starts. Thankfully I always arrive right on time, but out of breath. I should really try to leave my house on time; my goal of the month.
Secondly, I have started to stare at the ground while I am walking. Let me explain, Brussels isn’t the cleanest city and it has lots of dangerous and not straight paving everywhere, thus while you are walking you have to watch out. Also when it snows or snow is frozen, everything is very slippery for 2 reasons: they don’t remove the snow because it’s hard to do considering the paving is not straight, and they don’t put salt on the street.
However, I have been taking the same road for months to go to the Plaine Campus and only last week for the first time did I try not to stare constantly at the ground and I realized that the wall next to me had sentences in several languages and complementary art.
Mur XL (Wall XL): There is a play on words with XL and the city “Ixelles”. The artist of the wall is Emilio Lopes-Menchero and the poet is Chantal Maillard.
The scent of grass in the morning. A pool of water stagnant at the bottom of a barrow.
Laughter is a weapon of defense. So let’s defend ourselves! Where’s the enemy?
Going away counting each step. Stunned that one has stayed put and stops us counting further.
One side of the wall or the other, what does it change if on both sides the wall separates us.