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... made soup and quiche.
Not particularly in the mood for more art museums, we ended up going into the old butcher's guild hall, which now houses a large collection of musical instruments. They had an interesting set-up: a pda that gave brief info on several of the exhibit pieces, as well as recordings of the instruments being played. In some instances, there were touchscreens that would sync-up with the pda (at least, about half of them did, the other ...
... is famous, Mussels. It was a lovely dinner of good food and great conversation.
The following morning the three of us head 8 miles south-east of Brussels (actually a 45 minutes bus ride) to Waterloo. I was sooooo excited to visit the place where this historical battle that really was a turning point in European history occurred. Of course this is the European history teacher in me.
In the actual town of Waterloo the first thing to do is ...
... a good thing,
as looking out the window we could see the wings were covered in ice. Not really conducive to safe flight! However they had a solution to this - we went
through a plane wash on our way to take off - yep trucks came out with big
sprays on them and washed the wings and tail down with antifreeze, definitely
not something we need to worry about in Australia!
The flight from Helsinki to
Munich was the shortest leg of our ...
... challenges and decided to head to Brussels. With the European summer following us, ie. rain, rain and yes, more rain, we finally made it to Brussels about 6 hours after we had gotten off the EuroStar. Without a single foreign challenge to our name.
Of course, finding the hostel in Brussels took another century, and when we finally got there we were left stranded when we were meant to be hitting town. However. The night ...
... was fascinating to see about 8 or 10 people on the lock side taking photographs of us entering. You will be pleased to know that I did my duty – as one does – and gave them cheery, almost regal wave. Well, one’s public expects one to acknowledge the fact that they had turned out to see us. It’s the least one can do!
We are safely berthed in the home of MSC the company that charters this ship. And it clearly is their home port as ...