Former Winnipeg man describes Brussels in wake of bombings

A Winnipeg man now living in Brussels says the mood in the city is tense but that isn't stopping him from living his daily life.

Valentino Carbone says two bomb attacks in the city Tuesday won't disrupt his daily life

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 13 people are though to have been killed after Brussels airport was hit by two explosions whilst a Metro station was also targeted. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

A Winnipeg man now living in Brussels says the mood in the city is tense but that isn't stopping him from living his daily life.

Valentino Carbone was born in Winnipeg and has lived in Belgium's capital for more than ten years.

He lives about 5 km from where a bomb exploded at one of the city's downtown metro stations. A pair of bombs also exploded in the departures area of the Zaventem airport. More than 30 people were killed. 

Carbone said he didn't hear the blasts from his home but he ventured downtown to where his wife works at the European Commission.

"It was very crowded, no circulation, no trade, a lot of people in the street waiting for something", he told CBC's Erin Brohman via Skype Tuesday afternoon.

He said the mood in the area was tense and people seemed scared. 

"A lot of shops that usually was open were closed," he said. "I had to do shopping in a few places." 

"The subway was completely closed. That's why also there was a lot of people outside," he added. 

Carbone said this is the first time something of this magnitude has happened in the decade he has lived in Brussels. But the attacks aren't keeping him home.

"I have an appointment with friends to play table tennis at the only place we can play table tennis tonight," he said. "That's my plan."

He said he plans to go shopping tomorrow and take a vacation with his wife over the Easter weekend. 

with files from CBC's Erin Brohman and CBC News

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