布魯塞爾 Host 謙叔
Brussels Host 'Uncle' Him
謙叔是我大學的「組爸」，他是個很即興的人，在我到埗前一天，謙叔才說有空接待我，我想温故多於知新，所以寧願不見一位奉行綠色生活的CS Host，轉來打擾謙叔了。謙叔在布魯塞爾讀電影，現居shared house（租客擁一房，廚廁共用）。
This is ‘Uncle’ Him.
‘Uncle’ Him is my mentor in college. He is a very impromptu person. He agreed to host me just before the night of my arrival. I want to meet old friend instead of knowing new friend so I didn’t go to a CS Host who pursuing Green Living and visiting ‘Uncle’ Him in Brussels.
‘Uncle’ Him studied films in Brussels and lived in a shared house (Renter owns a room and kitchen+toilet are shared).
‘Uncle’ Him was editing a short film in the picture. ‘Uncle’ Him’s brother were getting marry in Hong Kong on the day I arrived. I became ‘Uncle’ Him film assistant and we went out to shoot a congratulate short film and send to his family in Hong Kong.
‘Uncle’ Him was serious in making films. He spot a green grass with a grey castle and blue sky for shooting. He found the background was too noisy after testing so we moved to another spot. And he found the new spot didn’t have enough light so we moved again.
He would include some critiques on current political issues beside congratulate the bride and the groom in the congratulate-wedding video. Such an excellent example of our dear Major；）
Then we went to picking up garbage. There was a flea market in front of the church. The flea market was over when we arrived but leave lots of goods on ground. The vagabonds, the cleaning-people and the curious tourists were wondering in the goods slowly and searching for their treasures. ‘Uncle’ Him found a black iron little rack with beautiful lines. He lent on the wall and took out a little grey paper to roll brown tobacco in and smoked out white smoke after he found his treasure.
We then wondered around Brussels downtown. The famous Manneken Pis and Julianske were just in the alley but ‘Uncle’ Him had no intention to walk in the alley.
He introduced a ‘famous spot’ in front of the church instead. There were a few short pillars with semicircle cover without door nor wall but bad smell in front of the church.
‘Uncle’ Him said it was actually toilet. Some drunken men were pissing at the church wall at night so the church set up those pillars to lead them away from the church wall. But the effectiveness were doubt because there is still bad smell near the church.
‘Uncle’ Him became a great chef in Brussels. We had tomato spaghetti, wine boiled mussels with the famous Belgian chocolate for dessert. It was much more delicious than meals in college dorm.
‘Uncle’ Him extempore suggested we should visited Gent (a small tourist town near Brussels) the next day. He had a friend in Gent and maybe we could stay there overnight.
I searched the bus info immediately. I had to find out how can I get to Amsterdam (my next destination) from Gent.
‘Uncle’ Him called his friend immediately to see if she can host us. Although ‘Uncle’ Him always had lots of crazy ideas but he also good in operation and quickly finalized a sudden event.
I just spent a short time in Brussels and really appreciate ‘Uncle’ Him hosting. He would be an interesting companion if one can get used to his impromptu character and alternative taste；）