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Well with progress on the visa front I can start talking about other stuff.

I've done quite a few "firsts" in Brussels so far, mostly of a gastronomical nature:

As outlined by Herge in one of his first Tintin books, the Belgians took an interest in colonisation and colonised (enslaved) the region of central Africa called the Congo. As a result of this, Brussels has a sizeable population of people originally from central Africa. In my wanderings I stumbled on a street which was the main marketplace for African food stuffs.

There I picked up and ate my first ever Scotch Bonnet, this is the close cousin of the Habanero which many consider to be the hottest chilli in the world. The Scotch Bonnet is native to the Caribbean and is used in a lot of Jamaican dishes. Very tasty chilli and one I'd love to grow if I had the climate!

Last night I also had a Belgian beer I'd been wanting to try in oz but as with most boutique Belgian beers, this has it's own unique glass and patrons had stolen all the glasses for this beer from the Belgian beer cafe in Sydney.

The beer is called kwak, and it's a lovely beer the drinking of which is indeed enhanced by the uniquely shaped glass and wooden handle.

In keeping with the colonial theme, last night I ate at an African restaurant and the food was quite different to the north African style food I've had a few times previously.

Had plantains (cooking or green banana) which were lovely, pan fried on the outside, soft and faintly sweet on the inside.

Still yet to try this Lambic brew though...