Ghent, Belgium. 9000. “Negen duust”, like we call it. 257.000 awesome people, which makes it the second biggest city in Belgium (after Antwerp) in terms of inhabitants. As you might have guessed, I am of course one of them! I was born in Ghent and always came back to it growing up. Since the start of my psychology studies, I’ve lived alone (four years with my awesome, old cat though) in one of the most central parts of the city. Be aware, central doesn’t mean nice or very safe. Did you know Ghent has a red light district? You’ve guessed it right, welcome to my neighborhood! Still, I’ve loved all five years here. After I graduate, I have to figure out what I want to do and where I want to go. I might be ready for a new city, maybe even a new country. This doesn’t mean I don’t love Ghent anymore and in this series of blog posts I am going to give a few of the many, many reasons why this city should be on top of your wishlist!
I could give you a history lesson and tell you all about the origins and how there are archaeological remains that indicate the presence of a city going back to the Stone Age. Or I could just tell you it’s an amazing, pretty city with a long and rich past, a vibrant present and an exciting future. You can read all about the typical tips and tricks in other blogpost. In this post, I’ll try to give you some insight into the (sometimes small) reasons that make Ghent so great for me.