A typical Belgian day

We get up round six or seven in the morning and the first thing we do is make a pot of coffee (I think this must be our national drink).

We have a light breakfast (see "Food") or we do not eat anything at all...

When our first or second cup of coffee has made us awake we prepare for work. (Small children are brought to school by car or put on the bus; the bigger ones often take their bike).

Most people go to work by car (and will most probably get involved in a traffic jam.) Many others go by bus or train.

For lunch, we eat the sandwiches we have prepared at home. In the larger cities, we can order lunch, which is brought to the office, or we can go to a lunch bar. People who work at multinationals often have the possibility to eat hot meals in the office restaurant. (Many children can also have hot meals at school.)

Our day at work usually ends at 4:50-5:00 PM; school ends at 4:00 PM.

When everyone gets home, children will do their homework and mothers will prepare the dinner. We eat dinner at about 6:00 PM.

Soon after dinner we turn on the television (we don't have the habit to watch while we eat) or we spend this spare time to do hobbies: reading, outdoor relaxation, you name it... (surfing on the Internet when the children have gone to bed).

Belgian people go to sleep between 10:00 and 12:00 PM (Internet users much later, of course).

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