Ibis Leuven Centrum
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... and storefronts bordering both sides. There were few cars, some horse carriages, some bikers, and many walkers. We had lunch before going on a canal tour. We were told that Belgian fries are really good, so we had them with our lunch. Honestly, to me they were nothing special, especially after that waffle. After lunch, we went in a canal tour, where the recorded tour guide spoke 4 different languages!
We walked around for a little more after the tour. ...
... out because we ran into he coolest native around who have us a few minute low down and a map he happened to have in his bag, which proved to be a good one. The hostel is very sharp, and is very clean, but this is the first with shared gender bath hall, where we have three showers and three stalls and it's anybody's game anytime. (Side note: the airport staff also send mixed gender staff to do cleaning so a lady swept behind me while I peed in Schipol airport, ...
... at a local pub that had these old guys playing straight pool and waited for Tim to come find us.
Once Tim showed up we took a walk to his house. The city streets were very active. Leuven has small town feel and charm combined with a very active nightlife, cheap food and beer and really friendly people. In Brussels French was the main language, but in Leuven it is Deutsch. Tim lives in a building with mostly other students. He has the only loft in ...
... had changed since the place opened well before then. With puppets hanging from the ceilings and the former lead puppeteer drinking nearby, we had our first sample: Triple Karmeliet, a tripled fermented lager that is similar to the Hoogarden we drink in the States, but better. After getting to chat about the history of the theater and getting to know our group (Eric is a Canadian here working for the Olympics, and the group of 3 was a small family from Columbia. All of the above ...
... to meet up with her. We took a nap back at our hotel in Brussels. We were planning on going out tonight but we are having a hell of a time getting our cards to work in the ATMs here. Hoping we can have a look around Brussels tomorrow morning. We hope to catch a train to Amsterdam, our final stop, tomorrow around noon.
**The internet here has been crazy slow so we are having trouble uploading pictures :(