We were admiring the eclectic vibe of Brussels when we stumbled into a sizable crowd gathered on and around the steps of the Brussels Stock Exchange. Initially thinking it was some sort of rally or protest like the one we saw in London concerning Brexit, we approached with caution.
To our great delight, however, it turned out to be the homecoming celebration for Belgium’s World Cup team. People were chanting and singing, waving flags with vigor, and kissing strangers. The football team arrived by motorcade just as we walked up, and the streets were filled with red and yellow and black smoke.
We celebrated the bronze-medal victory alongside the Belgians for a while, chiming in unison with the crowd: “We! Are! Belgium!” at what we hoped were the appropriate times.
But European football homecoming celebrations are quite a long affair as it turns out. And we are not, in fact, Belgium.
So we slipped down a mostly-empty side street to continue our self-guided tour. Read all about it at wemarriedadventure.com!