Belgium in Brief: Black-Yellow-Red Lights

Belgium in Brief: Black-Yellow-Red Lights
Credit: Belga/STIB

As life is slowly going back to normal, Brussels public transport company STIB is putting on a light show in one of its metro tunnels, symbolically called "Light at the end of the tunnel."

Over a length of 200 metres between the Arts-Loi and Parc metro stations, travellers will see “waves of warm colours that give the impression of a sunrise.”

For as long as the European Championship football is still on, however, passengers will instead see the black-yellow-red lights of the Belgian flag as they pass through the tunnel, to cheer on the Red Devils.

After last night's 0-2 win against Finland, the Belgian football players are assured of their place in the knock-out phase of the Championship.

Their next game will be played on Sunday 27 June, and their opponent will become known over the course of the week.

In the meantime, I think I might take the metro a few times, just to get in the mood.

What about you? What did you think of De Bruyne's assist to Lukaku in yesterday's game? Will a light show convince you to take the metro again? Will the Red Devils become European Champions this year?

Let @johnstonjules know. (Or @maithechini, since she wrote it today.)

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