Week 2 in Louvain-la-Neuve, and to be very blunt, I don’t like the place very much…
…which is okay, because the main headquarter is in Bordeaux and I will be going back there for most of my stay.
What don’t I like about LLN? Well, being a student town in a country where beer is the beverage of choice, you can expect a lot of parties and “soirées” nightly. It is not uncommon to hear rowdy (and probably drunk) students outside the window at 1:30 am, and the result is a very stinky city caused by alcohol-induced vomit. Broken beer bottles around the city in the morning make it even more obvious.
I’m surviving, though. I think the only thing that bothers me a lot is the odour, and everything else is just your normal Waterloo-like scene.
Oh, laundry is ridiculously expensive, as in more expensive than my lunch. I thought laundry cost was high at V1, but here it’s more than double, AND in Euros. I guess I’ll have to decrease the expected frequency of doing laundry here.
Last week I took a walk around a man-made lake in LLN. The weather was mediocre and the sky was mostly gray, but I have the feeling that the area around the lake will be quite pretty during the summertime.
La Mie d’Oli, a restaurant that serves sandwiches and pizza for lunch. I just thought I’d let Oliver know that there’s a restaurant named after him in Belgium, and that he should feel very proud to be making international influence.
Looking at traffic passing by. LLN is a funny city in that it is located on a continuous hill so that vehicles and traffic pass underground. Hence, we’re always standing on a higher plane than where the cars are.
Typical street/path in LLN. I wouldn’t even call it a real street; it’s just a pathway with student residences on both sides.
View of residences on the other side of the lake. The view would be much better if I’m standing at an even higher point, and I intend to find the best place to see the city during my time here.
Little island in the lake. The lake is pretty small; a walk around it took no more than 20 minutes.
More residences nearby the lake.
If you’ve read my blog before, you know I like taking pictures of animals. In my Paris blogs I had heck of a good time just duck-watching, and here we have our duck friends in LLN. There were a bunch of them in the lake, many different colours as well. Seems like a multi-cultural community, alright.
Swan lake? Nah, just kidding. I was surprised to see two swans in the lake, and here’s one of them. Beautiful, no?
And I have no idea what the heck this is.
I’m currently in Sesimbra, Portugal for a school conference/annual meeting and all I can say is wow. Prepare for some massive photo spam next week.