Brussel Bruisend28 October 2020
BRUXELLA #1 a blog series by Ella Oelbrandt
“Duizend is de postcode / was rap post, dan was ik postbode / van de 19 postcodes / en er zal post komen, voor iedereen / we zijn met een miljoen en ik schrijf ze zo meteen”
Sainctelettesquare (50° 51′ 30.7′′ North/Nord/Noord, 4° 20′ 54′′ East/Est/Oost)
The chorus of "Brussel Bruisend", one of the older songs of the Brussels hip-hop collective Stikstof, sums it up nicely. Brussels is a hotchpotch of different neighborhoods, mini-villages and 19 municipalities that together provide the vibrant and lively mix that is so characteristic of the city. The old city center is the heart, but the city extends far beyond. The R20 forms the 'Vijfhoek' and is the dividing line between the old center and the adjacent municipalities. At the same time it is a starting point. The five corners that make up this imaginary heart have long been the gateways to the center and, like the city itself, they are places full of activity.
BRUXELLA is a blog series by Ella Oelbrandt for Pilar. Ella studies sociology at the VUB. In her spare time, she likes to go for a walk in Brussels, the city that surprises and astonishes her time and again. The story of those walks is BRUXELLA.