If you’re looking for an underground hip/hop dance scene with good vibes and/or afrobeats/dancehall connection, follow @freestyle.o and @bombasticparty on Instagram.
There’s a dancehall party in Brussels, very close to Gare Centrale (usually the first weekend of every month) that is a straight movie. It was packed from wall to wall from 1:00 am – 5:00 am (that’s when we left but the party don’t stop till 6 in the morning!). Keep in mind, the metro stops running at 12:20 am, and starts back up around 5:45 am. Make sure you’re about that all night life or you’ll have to catch an uber home from the partayyy!
What better way to celebrate my 4th month in Brussels by welcoming a complete and total stranger into my home for the weekend?
OK…I’m being dramatic… but I did make a new friend through Instagram. Her name is Desirée and she’s a 2017-2018 Fulbright ETA to Spain.
Maxie (homie from undergrad), Desirée, et Moi!
Wait…what? How did you “meet” on Instagram?
Excellent question lol.
We share a mutual friend (Maya), whose picture I commented on on Instagram. Desirée saw my comment, went to my page, saw that I was a Fulbrighter in Brussels (because it’s in my bio) and she just so happened to be travelling to Brussels.
She reached out to me, we exchanged info and planned to hang out for the entire weekend. Then she said, girl, would it be crazy if I asked to stay with you this weekend? Totally understand if you say no. Of course I said Yup! Completely illogical, come through! We lit! Okay…I didn’t say those exact words but those were the sentiments shared. (I did check with Maya to make sure she wasn’t a serial killer – hah!)
It’s true, my first time meeting Desirée in person was when she came to spend this past weekend with me, a couple of days after we “met” on Instagram! And let me just say, WE. HAD. A. BLAST.
I won’t spoil the details when you can see for yourself on my vlog. Desirée shares her journey to Spain before and during her Fulbright grant, the application process, and her impression of Spain and Belgium.
I thank God and Divine timing for our meeting and friendship. It was so great to share in our Black Girl Magic. We chatted about natural hair regimens, twist-outs, life goals, what brought us to Europe, our love for plantains, afrobeats, carribean music, etc.
It was a fun and a soul-full weekend. This was my first dancehall/afrobeats party in Belgium and this was the *one* experience that I felt was missing from my social life. Now I feel complete :). I got to dance my heart out with a diverse group of people connected by our love for dance. And then I got to dance some more. I’m golden.
Aaaannnnddd, my homie from Georgia Tech came to town on Saturday from the Netherlands and we all turned up to an underground cypher/dance party, followed by a thoroughly lit dancehall party. Seriously, watch my vlog here, it was LIT.
We were three peas in a pod, as if we had been friends for years.
What a life.