"I saw people running out of the station, people lying down on the pavement and there were a lot of police. So I went back home and called my boss to tell him I’d be late."
What happens on the EU gravy train? NGO workers, journalists, civil servants, lobbyists, consultants told us as candidly as they could about the pleasures and pitfalls of Eurobubblin' it.
How many more killings in Europe until they stop making the front page of the newspapers, until spectacularised violence becomes as unspectacular as a car accident?
A Group of Writers in Brussels Were Discussing How to Deal with Terror While the City Was Under Attack
I got in touch with writer Andrey Kurkov to find out how those guys viewed the Brussels attacks and how the rest of their time together was spent.
"We came to Europe to escape jihadists only to find they are ruining people's lives here too."
While Brussels was on lockdown yesterday morning, Molenbeek was not. The market on the Hertogin van de Brabantplein was filled with shouting salesmen. "I have to make a living; that attack has already happened now," said a Flemish baker.
We got in touch with VICE's European offices to find out whether young people in their countries have grown desensitised to terrorism or whether today's events are yet another reason to be frightened.
Three blasts hit the Belgium capital this morning, killing at least 26 and wounding at least 136.
There's so much more to Brussels than boring European government buildings and technocrats.
Just a random act of kindness.