By Renata Riva
I was born and raised in Torino, in the North of Italy. Studying engineering allowed me to live in many different countries. When I came to the point where I needed to look for a job I decided I wanted to have another experience abroad. In 2003 the job offer came from Brussels, for a big multinational company. I wasn’t that excited, didn’t know Brussels very well, and I always thought it was a grey and boring city.
But I moved anyway and less than 6 months later this city had already changed my opinion and I have now declared it my hometown. I’ve even bought an apartment here now!
I am a real city girl, I love being close to the “happenings” in town, to be able to walk or bike anywhere, to get anywhere in less than 30 minutes. I am hardly ever home, I take any excuse to be out, to explore new places, to go to concerts, exhibitions, theaters, bars, anything. And Brussels is just perfect for this!