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Travel Blogs from Lille
I'm writing this post on the train from Amsterdam to Lille in northern France. It's a high speed train and is comfortable and efficient. We have to change trains in Brussels which I'm a little concerned about because there's very little changeover time and the train was late leaving Amsterdam. Oh well, that's what travel is all about. It doesn't …
... my racing bicycle with me. Took me 2h to take it apart and stick it in a big box; a box that can hardly fir into my car. I'm still hoping that they have some kind of hill in Dubai I can ride up.
But OK, I'm ready. The flight is booked and the count down has begun. A bit of stress and a ton of eager anticipation for the big unknown. Time to say goodbye to the loved ones.
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
... a day that had gone to plan at all, but I am very glad it got to experience it.
plan was to leave Bruges the next day and head into Germany, but we had
a problem, we could not find two beds in a hostel in Germany, everthing
was full. It was Saturday night and the Christmas markets are popular.
So after some stress and finding two beds at another hostel in Bruges we
decided to spend another night and hire some bikes to have a look
... we went to the train station to see someone off. We met up with a bunch of people and then went to the mall where there was a McDonald's like place to eat. I was feeling kinda sick so I decided that I would pick a sandwich latter for the train. The people who I had found the meringues with and I still wanted to go back and buy some for our host families, so we and a few other people ran to the meringue shop and back to the train so that ...