Gonzaga’s historical ties to Florence and Italy make a trip to Florence uniquely rewarding for any Zag. Integrating this trip with a visit to Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, the home of the headquarters of the European Commission, the House of European History, and much more, made for a perfect and immersive overview of Europe and what it means to do business there.
In Belgium, we visited the newly opened European House of History, where they synthesized centuries of Europe’s story. It was profound, sobering, and ultimately optimistic and hopeful. There were chilling artifacts from totalitarian régimes that tortured and murdered millions upon millions with ruthless, Godless amorality, such as the voice of Vladimir Ilich Lenin in a speech recorded during the Russian Bolshevik revolution, yet I saw how there has now been some seven decades of peace and relative prosperity throughout Europe.