Leopold Hotel Antwerp
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After a good weekend in Rotterdam we waved good bye to The Netherlands and headed for our first Belgian stop of Antwerp for a short stop over. We rolled into Antwerp around lunch on Sunday, two stepped to our hostel and decided to go for a walk to get a late lunch down by the river. We had earlier learned that there was a Food Truck Festival in town so we headed there and found a treasure trove ...
We all started the day with a walking tour of Antwerp with a local guide. It was really cold and windy today—I was so glad that I ended up packing my ski jacket. It wasn't quite as charming as Maastricht but at the end of the walk, they treated us to chocolates! We then boarded buses and were taken to the Red Star Line Museum, a sort of Ellis Island Museum in reverse. We only ...
... which was fine and normal. On Friday however, my supervisor surprised me by sending me an invitation to a meeting entitled "Farewell drinks for Taryn". No other departing staff member in the last six months has had two going away parties, and just seeing the notification flash up on my computer screen was enough to make me have to blink hard. I went to the office, and there they had champagne glasses and a chilled bottle of cava, and they toasted ...
... We continued to the Musical instruments museum listening to instruments from all over the world and throughout different eras. We finished our day by going to Grand Place and seeing the Manneken Pis. Later that night we went to do our laundry and talked to a lady who said that Brussels and Belgium in general is currently going through an economic crisis, something we felt ...
... in town. We found a quaint warehouse bar downtown and chilled in the bathtub seats and drank vodka like the locals.
The final morning was our last chance to check out the other side of the city and find some tacky souvenirs. At the airport we parted ways and it was nice to be home in Groningen after a long night of trains, buses and planes.
Back to cold and snowy reality I guess :)