Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Meet the Neighbors/Faire la Connaisance de mes Voisins

I think I've mentioned, but I live in a fairly nice suburb of Brussels. It's called Ixelles or Elsene, depending on if you're French or Flemish. There are a lot of embassies and missions in the area, as well as docteurs et advocats (doctors and layers). Today Truman and I took a walk, and I wrote down the embassies and took pictures of some of them. Here's what I found:
I'm within walking distance (less than 4 blocks from):
  • Embassy of Equatorial Guinea
  • Embassy of Monaco
  • Embassy of the Philippians
  • Embassy of Algeria
  • Embassy of Slovakia
  • Embassy of Portugal
  • Embassy of Latvia
  • Embassy of Belarus
  • Embassy of Burkino Faso
  • Embassy of Zambia
  • Mission of he African Union
  • Official Residence of Turkish Ambassador
In addition, I think I've seen in my wanderings around the area the Embassies of Hungary and Tunisia.

Here are some pictures:

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, the last dictatorship in Europe. They are fond of reminding us that, if they had oil, they would not be considered a dictatorship but an "international ally".

A shot just down the street, where the Slovakian and Portuguese embassies are right next to each other.

This is the complex I live in. We're the 2nd floor (3rd for Americans) with the window boxes outside. Someone that visited the other day asked why we had the only ugly building in the area, and I told them it was so we didn't have to look at it.

The Phillippino Embassy, which is literally right across the street from where I live.

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