Long story short (bullet-points to the rescue!)
- Born and raised in Belgium (Flanders (Aalst))) (The Flemish speaking part but sufficiently close (yet not too close) to Brussels for me to have escaped the latent racism which pervades so many of my fellow Phlegms)
- Studied languages. Dutch, French, German, Swedish, Latin, English and Greek. Not in that chronological order. My knowledge of them ranges from “native” to “where is the library?”. I understand a bit of Spanish and Italian and can confidently boss around a cabby in Nepal.
- I did a bit of political sciences but got distracted near the end.
- I am planning to end up in EU politics and/or EU lobbying.