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After staying up pretty late to catch up with Kathleen, we woke up at about 9 this morning. She suggested that we check out Brugge while she had class all day, so we agreed on taking the hour and a half train and make it a day. On our way to the train station, we ran into her friend Meg on the street that we had met at Oktoberfest. We told her we planned on trying Belgian waffles for breakfast of she wanted to join. At first she said, "No that's okay, I ...
Brussels is a miracle.
I get off the train, reach the station exit and instantly breathe an audible sigh to be out of Spain.It is overcast but the people are cheerful. Smiling and waving at each other.
Neoclassical architecture and bronze statutes caress the curved streets of bicycles and street front cafes.
As i have several hours before i can check into my hostel I wander around the streets with a map laden ...
... which I'm still not sure what it is. It was a purple spread stuff but it was tasty and good in natural yoghurt. Both items are made locally and I do like to support the local economy as much as I can (excluding when I eat in McDonalds!).
II wasn't due to check into the next B&B until 2pm and I didn't have anything planned. I did think I would go to a local castle but by the time I got there I was feeling a bit tired so I got the pillow out ...
... the usual stuff, but also lots of shops selling Belgian chocolate (at prices significantly cheaper than Katoomba). Apparently the local beer is very good, so after exploring as much as we wanted we went to a cafe and had a local beer, followed by Belgian waffles with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. Then we went and watched the beautiful swans and the ducks on the canal - very pretty and idyllic.
We then continued ...
... after Aussie tourists.
After our excellent mid-afternoon snack we were cold, wet and our feet hurt, so we decieded to go home. We got back to the hostel and I have written up to here on the blog but the wireless is tempermental to say the least... and Renee just finish the Hunger Games (book 1). We havn't found books 2, even though we've been looking for the past couple of days... but as they say in the classics: Good things come to those who ...