So on the 22nd August I got up at 5.30am to have a cup of coffee and a shower before saying goodbye to my wife for the next 9 weeks. I headed off to Manchester Airport for the 10.25 flight to Brussels. Surprise, surprise the flight was delayed by 45 min but eventually we were in the air and heading to Zaventem.
Now for the stressful part! I had only briefly had experience of public transport in Brussels so I had been studying the different routes to get to BSB. Following the signs for the train I headed below the airport to catch a train to Gare de Midi / Centralle. None of the signs or notices where in English but I managed to get myself on the right one.
On arrival at Gare Centralle I took the subway through the station to catch the Metro to Montgomery Square and then jumped on a the famous Tram 44 to Tervuren Station. All my worries of struggling to manage getting around where unfounded and I couldn’t believe how easy I had found the journey or how cheap! The whole joruney from the airport cost less than 10 Euros.
As we approached the station the heavens opened which made things interesting walking to school with an overloaded rucksack and a massive suitcase! There are a lot of roadworks and building work going on by BSB and for the next 2 years! The main road was closed and extremely muddy. Next door to BSB is the African Museum which is having a lot of work done at the moment including a giant hole for new foundations.
After clambering over the building site of the new car park and entrance at BSB I popped upstairs to the Science Department to catch up with the technicians before they finished for the day. Getting to pop in for a bit put me at ease for my first day on Monday 🙂