The cafés of Brussels haven’t been the same. For almost half a decade now, they have been the setting for numerous so-called Manneken Babbel debates, organised by the local cafebabel.com office. These debates, aiming to provide an accessible forum for young people to actively engage with policy-makers and decision-takers, attract a wide spectrum of interested parties; from members of parliament to the manneken on the street. Characteristically multi-lingual, these debates can make a legitimate claim on being truly European and on contributing to the emergence of a public European opinion.
The cafebabel.com Brussels local team reflects this pan-Europeanism, with more than 30 members from 12 different countries; many of whom have a multi-national background. Boasting both professionals and academics, journalists and politicians, the Brussels local team proudly enjoys insider knowhow from every perspective of the undisputed capital of Europe.
Tuesday I was invited to “Objetivo Bruselas”, a programme hosted by “Radio
Alma”, a Spanish radio in Brussels. I was invited to speak about Cafebabel.com
and the work I do organizing events and debates in Brussels.
“Objetivo Bruselas” is led by Alberto Pascual and
Jorge Gutiérrez, two Spanish guys with the aim of bringing together Spanish
speakers and help those who need advices on the Belgian capital (and don’t know
where else to ask). The main idea of the programme is to help all those freshly
arrived in Brussels and become what they call the "Survival Guide for the
Providing information about everything around
Brussels, areas of interest, music groups, the companies that surround us,
Alberto and Jorge make Brussels more attractive and encourage you to discover
In the interview I talked about the birth of the
magazine, the mission and goals of cafebabel’s project. I also told them about
the events I have organized in Brussels, and how to contact us.
Actually they were also interested in my personal
experience and what brought me to Brussels, so I couldn’t say anything else
than how happy I am to be here!
Brussels is not only a beautiful city with many
things to discover and a thousand things to do, but I have met so many great
people that just this is worth regretting the sun and heat of Malaga!
If you want to listen to the interview (in
Spanish), click here.