Belgium is a country that has seemingly always had an identity crisis. For nearly 200 years, Flemish-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia have had an uneasy relationship with each other, fighting in-laws battling to be the patriarch of the family. Since the middle of the 20th Century, Brussels has been the de facto capital of the European Union, and Belgium has been at the center of the ongoing war between nationalists and globalists to unify Europe. Sometimes it seems as though the only thing holding the country together is a passion for excellent quality beer and a hunger for the national dish of moules-frites (mosselen met frietfor our Flemish friends)!
There is also the unmistakable dichotomy in Belgium between the international urban centers of Antwerp and Brussels and the quaint, smaller towns where the country’s famed chocolates, laces, and beers are produced. Somewhere in the middle lies Ghent.