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... it may not have been pretty, but dammit, it was a waffle).
Given the missed flight and almost-robbery, it feels like I should be calling this trip a bit of a disaster, but I really can't. Because for every bad thing that happened, a dozen truly good things picked up the slack, usually in the form of generous, thoughtful, exceedingly kind people. I figured the Belgium trip would be fun, but it also ended up unexpectedly reaffirming my faith in humanity.
... later, already, there were feelings of disappointment. Six years later, and the plexiglass that covered the historic graffiti in the Maidan had itself been scribbled over. It represented a time past, when “hope was high and life worth living”. The atmosphere struck me as one of cynicism and jadedness. Yuschenko had fallen from grace, yet there were still half-hearteded protests in favour of Timoshenko, who was scrabbling to hold onto her ...
I decided to pay Het Gravensteen a visit, and set about climbing up to the top floors and spending quite a bit of time in the torture instruments exhibit (fascinating stuff! Horrible, but fascinating). From the top you can see over all of Gent, which was beautiful. After leaving Gravensteen, I grabbed a bite to eat in the Grote Vleeshuis.
You know me, I'm a sucker for anything remotely food related, so when the chance to eat Flemish ...
... the list, to end up with
something that looked like (and tasted like) fermented raspberry cordial, with
overtones of cough medicine. Funny
enough, this beer went quite well with the mussels, but definitely not with the
extra-choc mouse for dessert! Next time
we’ll stick with the Stella or Leffe beer. Being food-a-holics, over the next
couple of days, we tried other local Belgian treats, such as Flemish Stew, lapin
(rabbit), Waterzooi ...
... showered in our luxurious private shower, ate an awesome free breakfast, and now here we are! After this blog, we have a full day planned hitting all the important Brussels sites (especially a certain famous peeing boy...and his sister...) and then we say goodbye to this awesome city and head to Bruges. Hopefully at that point we will be full of frites, waffles, and peeing boy memorabilia.
Love to all back in the states!