BRUSSELSE SJOEKES

Sjoeke is a Brussels'Flemish word for darling, so you can read this as "darlings from Brussels"; connected with the French word "choux" you can also read this as Brussels'sprouts; mon chou is also used in French to say "my darling"; this blog on life in Brussels started originally in support of the BOZAR project POZE to document life in St Josse and other Brussels' towns. A Sjoeke is also a delicious pastry (chocolate or mocca with a cream filling, éclair in French)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

ST JOSSE, 1210 BRUSSELS

Map of St Josse on chée de Louvain

Photo I took January 21, 2006 when walking from my home to the Mozart day organized by Klara, the Flemish classical radio station, in Bozar

St Josse is the poorest town of Brussels (based on the average income of its citizens)

But what's "the map of being poor"?


Inside Bus 29 who stops at the square of St Josse

Sint Joost is the Flemish sign for the stop

Saint Josse is the French sign for the stop

These signs make it easy for us travelers: we know exactly where we are and don't have to ask the driver for information

About Brussels busses: Bus 65 ends at the headquarters of NATO. It was shocking for some peace activists to see a bus with Nato as final destination, which inspired me to the joke, don't worry about Nato, that's only a yellow bus!

Yellow busses in Brussels are run by the subway company (called MIVB or STIB). White busses are run by a Flemish bus company (called DE LIJN). So you need different tickets for both systems unless it is a transit ride (hopping from one system to the other is allowed with the same ticket but only if you hop...)