.by Anura Guruge
Since I look like I am made out of dark chocolate I have always been ultra partial to all things chocolate. This is a hoot. Belgium actually is quite famous for its chocolate. All in all it is a fun place. I used to go to Brussels often on work; had a great gig doing 5 day training sessions for Philips sales folks. Just off the central square in Brussels they used to have a ‘Russian Tea Cafe’. They served brown ‘tea’ in Pyrex, see through mugs. There was only one thing that made this tea different — it was highly inflammable, and waiters would invariably hold a lighter to them and catch them on fire before they left you table. In reality it was all vodka with a perforated spoon with tea leaves dipped into it for color and a bit of flavor. So you were consuming vodka in the quantities that people drink tea. It was a riot. A few times I saw women being carried out, horizontally. They were totally stiff. Like cardboard cutoffs. Typically two men would carry them out like carrying a carpet. I guess that is what the vodka would do. Never bothered me. These training sessions were from 9 to 5 and I was on my feet for all but 75 minutes of that. But, I would party till 2 or 3 in the morning and still be fine for the next day. So, I am quite fond of Brussels and Belgium. Even thought about moving there at one point.