Expat Series: Meet Ginger Hervey

30.06.2017 - Editorial board

Ginger Hervey made it Brussels by way of the University of Missouri and currently works as the Calendar Editor for Politico Europe, a position she secured as a journalism student intern. She hails from Dallas, Texas, and has held positions in Wyoming, Mississipi, and at her university in Columbia, Missouri. In Brussels, Ginger stood out for her design work doing infographics, working with data, and general willingness to take on any project that landed on her desk. This led to her being offered a job on the spot, bringing her back to Brussels this year after finishing her degree.

Belgian Boutique: Which opportunity triggered you to move abroad?

I studied abroad in Brussels in college, and interned at Politico while I was here. Then when I graduated, they hired me full-time, so that’s why I moved back.

Belgian Boutique: Where should we definitely go when visiting your hometown? Any insider tips?

I grew up outside of Dallas, Texas, and there’s a lot to see there! For something pleasant, go to Klyde Warren Park downtown and all the food trucks nearby. For something interesting (and slightly morbid), go to the Sixth Floor Museum, right next to where JFK was assassinated. And for something stereotypical, go to the stockyards in Fort Worth for country music and Tex-Mex.

Belgian Boutique: What product or service should we consider importing to Belgium?

There is no good Mexican food here — I have withdrawals.

Belgian Boutique: What do you still consider weird in your adopted country?

Besides the lack of Mexican food (seriously, the first restaurant that brings real tacos to Brussels will make a killing), it still blows my mind how many languages most Belgians speak. They all grow up learning at least two other languages in school, often more. Basically this means that most Belgian children are smarter than me, which makes me feel inferior.

Belgian Boutique: What new food / drinks have you discovered?

I tend to try a lot more international food in general now that I live in an international city — there just weren’t as many opportunities to get African or Middle Eastern or Indian food where I grew up, and I love that about Brussels. I’m also a huge beer nerd, so Belgium has been good to me on that front as well.

Belgian Boutique: Who recently amazed you in the fields of art / design / fashion / architecture?

Hm. Well, I’m American and I grew up in a pretty generic suburb, so the architecture all across Europe constantly blows me away. I don’t have any specific examples, but there’s just such a sense of place about architecture here — you can really tell when you’re in a Belgian city by the buildings, as opposed to an Italian or a German city.

Belgian Boutique: What can we always find in your fridge?

Eggs (because I cannot make it through the day only eating bread for breakfast like most Europeans!), Comte cheese, bell peppers and usually Duvel beer.

Belgian Boutique: What do you definitely not miss in Belgium?

Things close so early here! I miss 24-hour stores. And I definitely miss having air conditioning in my apartment.

Belgian Boutique: Do you connect to the expat community? How? Which expat should people know of / discover?

Yes! I’ve made lots of friends who are expats, I think mostly because I live and work in a pretty expat-heavy part of the city.

A view from Ginger's apartment.