A trip back in time – Leuven edition!

Cassandra Roose is a 2017-2018 American Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Belgium. A recent graduate of Arizona State University, she is spending the academic year teaching English at Ghent University. Below, Cassandra reflects upon her recent visit to Leuven with fellow U.S. Fulbrighters and Executive Director Erica Lutes. 

As a Fulbright scholar to Belgium, I have had the amazing opportunity to travel and see many different cities and towns in this gorgeous melting pot of a country that continues to bring out every aspect of the chocolate and fry enthusiast in me!

On Friday, several of us Fulbright scholars gathered in Leuven to learn more about the rich history of the famous university library and to embrace the chocolate and beer culture of the city. Venturing down the cobble stone streets, we arrived at the base of the library, marked by its crafty tower that stands tall and mighty above all buildings and landmarks in the area. We soaked in the aisles of never ending books in the library (my favorite spot, with an amazing glass display of books that had survived not one, but two building fires!) and climbed our way up to the 6th floor of the tower. It was here that we gazed out at the town, as far as our eyes could see. I felt as though I was truly catapulted back in time throughout the tour, seeing as each level of the library had a historical theme and touched on topics from international solidarity to the war and reconstruction of the library. It opened my mind to events I had never heard of before. This opportunity, and many others like it, have made my experience as a Fulbright scholar rich and rewarding beyond measure and have brought me cultural and historical insights that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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Articles are written by Fulbright grantees and do not reflect the opinions of the Fulbright Commission, the grantees’ host institutions, or the U.S. Department of State.