My roots are Hungarian, though owing to the nomadic impulses of my parents I grew up on the move, mostly in Germany, North Africa and Australia. Then, as a student in Aberystwyth, Wales, I met my brilliant best friend Gina from Malaysian Borneo. A decade ago she became my wife.
Non-Belgian EU citizens have had the right to vote in - and stand for - local elections in Belgium since 2000. Non-EU foreigners have been able to do the same since 2004, as long as they have been a resident for at least five years.
The 17th-century facade of the Bellone, one of the most beautiful in Brussels, is hidden away down a narrow alley for the adventurous to discover.
Brussels has long been a town with a strong jazz presence. Maybe it's because the saxophone was invented in Belgium or maybe it's because Django Reinhardt was Belgian and was very popular here.
Since both the new and second-hand car markets in Belgium are well-regulated, and prices are competitive with neighbouring countries, buying a car here can be a worthy investment.