Law Students at Pearson College London were lucky enough visit Brussels last week, as a end of year incentive. The students enjoyed a three day trip to the city, with all expenses paid for. Aiswarya Nadesan, a current Law student explains what exciting things the students got up to below.
‘’We started off our stay by checking into our hotel then taking the scenic route to La Grand-Place of Brussels which is the central square of the city. I was in awe of the architecture as well as the bustling atmosphere with both tourists and locals merging as one to admire the opulent Town Hall and guildhalls decorating the square. It was mind boggling to think that these buildings had stood the test of time, surviving through centuries of wars and rebellions. For dinner, we were spoilt for choice as Brussels is teeming with quaint little restaurants (we spent at least an hour each day to choose a place to eat!). We had plenty of time to relax and explore the city with the lovely Belgian summer sun keeping us in good spirits.
All fun and games aside, the purpose of the trip was to familiarise ourselves with EU Law. Now this may sound rather dry and it was definitely the least favourite module amongst the students prior to the trip. Yet, actually experiencing the very heart of EU Law first hand made the subject come to life in a way that textbooks could not. Brussels’ role in being the centre of it all means that it is home to key European Union establishments. This includes the European History Museum which was one of the most interactive museums I have ever been to with state of the art technology to make history come alive. We also had the opportunity to visit the European Commission as well as the Parlamentarium which contained detailed accounts of EU history as well as a very interesting exhibition. Even those who thought history was boring were hooked! The most exciting visit was definitely attending a live debate at the European Parliament where MEPs delivered their speeches concerning the promotion of culture amongst the youth in Europe. It was inspiring to think that we could have been part of history at that very moment in time. ‘’
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