Meet My Hood – Saint Gilles

Meet My Hood – Saint Gilles


I’ve always thought it would be great to live in Brussels, especially in Saint-Gilles. There was something special about it that made me want to come back. I knew I wanted to build a life here It doesn’t belong to anybody. Some communities have been living
here for a very long time. It’s like a shared space, based on cultural respect. It’s a beautiful place with beautiful people. It’s like a little village. It isn’t a posh area, but it
doesn’t have any social stigma either. It’s laid-back, it’s pretty relaxed. There’s a good atmosphere. You can be yourself. If you want to speak your own language or if you want to express yourself through your clothing you can do it. It’s as simple as that! I think people here are curious to see what’s happening around them. It’s very lively. People here are from many different origins: Black people, Greeks, Turkish people, Polish… In some countries, you find neighbourhoods that are created to divide people. Here in Saint Gilles, it’s pretty much the opposite. It’s an area where everything is mixed, where people get to know each other. What often creates a divide is the fact that people do not know each other. We have a day of activities to bring together the Jewish and Muslim communities. We eat tajine together we can have good conversation, everybody has fun… It’s really great! Saint-Gilles in one word? Simplicity. Diversity. Diversity. I will never leave. I’m staying here!

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