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... the city erupted, cars passed with flags out their windows, blowing their horns and people cheering.
The suburb we're in is close to the historic old town, and residents are predominantly Turkish muslims, so plenty of Turkish restaurants and bakeries. Interestingly, at the end of our street is a community garden and each morning the Turkish women can be seen working in their vegetable gardens, amazing considering we're ...
... town, we got our first real look at the city, and it was so pretty! Such a beautiful town! We stopped at the library for Karina to drop off some books, then continued in to town. Not long in, we were stopped by a policeman on a bike, who talked to Karina for a bit, then after a while he let us go. Apparently you're not allowed to have someone on the back of a bike that doesn't have special foot rests built in, and also my bike didn't have lights! Karina is originally ...
... wine and Mark tried Ghentse Gruut beer. I thought it was pretty cool when our waitress, who incidentally could speak five languages, told us that it was brewed by a woman!!
That just left one "must do" before leaving Belgium - we had to try Trappist beer. This is a pretty special beer. It must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision. The brewery must be ...
... arrivals hall and you can see the taxi’s lined up outside
the airport waiting for you like prey. I was not ready to deal with them yet so
I parked myself in a chair opposite and my brain went into overtime. Visiting
the bathrooms I was amused to discover that there were apron clad women acting
as “bathroom attendants” who look after the bathrooms and stand over them like
guards. What they think you’re going to do in there I have no idea.
... like some of the things it says in its list, which include:
- From July 31st, 2011 it’s absolutely forbidden to smoke in bars;
- The local vegetarian organisation has succeeded in making schools and city services meat-free on Thursday;
- Don’t be afraid of cars: drivers are quite disciplined in Ghent;
- In Antwerp you can win a debate with the ...