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After lunch, I wandered back to the BD place. It had been high on my list of things to visit anyways, and it was starting to rain again, so I figured now was as good a time as any. The building that houses it was built in the 1800s as a warehouse, and was designed by Victor Horta, a man who is one of the most important contributors to Belgian Art Nouveau. In the 1970s, the building – falling apart ...
... as a Dutch and German girl who were studying together in Amsterdam. We had agreed earlier that our first night in Antwerp would be a quiet one, but that quickly changed when the Aussie girl convinced us to go out together in the city. We bought a pizza and ate that before commencing a few rounds of drinking games with the remaining vodka from the night before.
Downstairs we met some other hostel stayers who were also heading out that night and we left together ...
... which was the highlight of my night. They drive on the right side of the road so it wasn't anything new. We got some food at the end of the night as well. All the "fast" food places they have are these middle-eastern type places with meat, sandwiches, and fries but it's pretty good.
The next day we explored more of the city and got mussels! We found a place that was pretty cheap and the mussels were delicious! We walk back to the hostel and most of us went ...
... ground with lots of rides, ferris wheel, etc, side shows, fortune teller and stalls then to the city centre with its cathedral, quaint streets and canals, lots of cafes and souvenir shops. Many many people out and about on a warmer spring day. We sampled the best of Belgian chocolates and other sweets plus other local beers. Back home by eight to prepare dinner for four, talk travel some more and be shown where to go on Monday on a map of Antwerp. Both Evy and Jo would be off to ...
... on arrival.
but as a sign of what was to come, Michele was front row centre of the gates on arrrival, and was the start of what can only be desccribed as the most organised trip I could have imagined.
I was taken to the waiting room at the hotel in the airport, where I met a lot of tired and excited people, who were to become my trianing buddies over the next four days. instantly strangers became friends, ...