Spinnville fortellinger fra Belgia

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FOTO: MAX Ai??RSTAD KNUTSEN

KORRESPONDENTEN: Har du noen gang opplevd at en visning (som inneholder to hA?ner) glir over i en fest?

Max AISrstad Knutsen

TEKST AV: Max Ai??rstad Knutsen, tidligere UiB-student som tar master i BrA?ssel. FOTO: SESILIE BJA?RDAL

Fem timer etter A? ha landet i BrA?ssel, dro jeg pA? visning til et hus i Rue Verboeckhaven. Et kollektiv bestA?ende av tre vallonere og to flamlendere. Ja, og to hA?ner, da.

Visningen skled ut og endte i fest. Fem belgiere, to hA?ner og Ai??n nordmann ble fort til flere titalls belgiere, noen franskmenn og Ai??n nordmann, ettersom hA?nene gikk og la seg.

UtpA? kvelden skled samtalen inn pA? forskjellene mellom Flandern og Vallonia. Ai??n jente fortalte om den gangen en fyr trakk en kniv mot henne da hun nektet A? svare ham pA? nederlandsk, hvorpA? en flamsk gutt kontret med at han flere ganger har blitt truet med bank fordi han hadde nektet A? snakke fransk.

Dette er helt spinnville fortellinger fra et splittet belgisk samfunn. Heldigvis er det ogsA? ekstremtilfeller.

Selv er mitt inntrykk at de aller fleste belgiere her i BrA?ssel har et meget avslappet forhold til de kulturelle konfliktene. Vel, i det hele tatt opplever jeg dem som utrolig bedagelige typer.

BA?de Ai??n og to pils nytes gjerne over et slag sjakk ved lunsjtid, byens syklister gir blankt faen i A? ha pA? seg refleksdekket treningstA?y og den alvorlige helsefaren det faktisk er A? spise en porsjon Ai??frittesAi?? med curryketchup blir fullstendig neglisjert.

Ting tar dog tid ai??i?? pA? rA?dhuset, pA? postkontoret, i butikken. Ikke fordi det er sA? jAi??vla lang kA?, men fordi effektivitet rett og slett ikke er sA? jAi??vla viktig. Da jeg skulle hente kollektivkortet mitt, fant mannen bak skranken det helt naturlig A? ringe en tjommi. Bare for A? preike, liksom.

Det er likevel noe herlig forfriskende med A? bo i en storby hvor folk behersker kunsten A? ta det med ro. FA?r jeg kom til BrA?ssel, hadde jeg et inntrykk av at byen var et slags perverst utstillingsvindu for EU og deres idealer, hvor usympatiske menn i dress latet til A? vAi??re superviktige og alltid snek i kA?en pA? Carrefour.

Neida. Men litt joda. Jeg hadde forventet at bybildet i stA?rre grad ville vAi??re farget av hvite menn som pusher 50. I stedet viser det seg at BrA?ssel er en helt utrolig livlig, dynamisk og i det hele tatt sympatisk by, med noe for enhver smak.

Det er liksom vanskelig A? gripe tak i hva som faktisk er BrA?ssel. Er det A? lese Tintin i svarthvitt-format over en kopp vond kaffe? Ai?? sykle helt uanstrengt over den ujevne brosteinen i Sainte-Catherine? Ai?? gA? ut med bA?de regnjakke og solbriller?

Ai??MAJONEEEES!Ai??, utbrA?t en av gjestene i Verboeckhaven da jeg spurte hva som gjA?r BrA?ssel sA? unik. Ai??Har du smakt det?Ai??, la han til.

SA? derAi??har dere det ai??i?? BrA?ssel er altsA? majones.

 

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