Our school calendar is structured to allow us a one-week break every two months. The last week in October was our first break! We traveled to Milan to catch a flight to Brussels and met up with two co-workers in the magical city. Seriously. It is probably my favorite city. Alex and I both fell in love with Belgium and kept saying, "we could live here!" Before I get into the specifics of our time here, let me inform you that any city that is known for waffles, fries, chocolate and beer gets my vote. But then on top of all of that scrumptious goodness, there is the breathtaking architecture, museums, and that northern European charm that keeps people coming from all over the globe.
On our way back from Luxembourg, we stopped at a memorial for the American soldiers who had died in Battle of the Bulge (WWII). The monument is a giant pentagon that is covered with the names of the 50 states. It also highlights the various battalions that participated. It was surprising to see such a huge monument to the United States outside of the country.