Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
58Trip End Dec 01, 2006
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Brugge (Bruges in English) is the coolest little city ever. It is full of tourists, but in a place like this, you don't even care. There is so much going on and even though nothing majorly historical has ever happened here, it is a lovely place to walk around and peruse.
The city where the tourists go is an island surrounded by a moat. On this island is a multitude of hotels, hostels, lace shops, chocolate shops, waffle cafes, museums and churches. The real citizens of Brugge live outside of this ring and I imagine that they would have little reason to come inside this ring of tourism.
The entire inner city has been kept in a medieval state and supposedly looks the same as it did hundreds of years ago
Something that is really cool about the streets is that they have all be paved indivually with stones. Makes you feel like you are in the medieval era - what is intended here of course!
I saw a pub that has been in operation since 1515. That is nearly 500 years in operation: quite a feat when you consider that our country has only been united under one banner for 105 years
One of the most significant things I have seen in Brugge would have to be the vial of coagulated blood supposedly belonging to none other than Jesus Christ. I walked into the church, which has been brightly decorated and walked up the stairs to where a priest was guarding this vial of blood. He asked me if I knew what it was and then encouraged me to kiss it - I declined: it doesn't seem hygienic to kiss something like that - let alone all the people who have kissed it before me!
There is one thing about Brugge that I don't like: the horse drawn carts - it doesn't make sense that they are here and the sound is really irritating. You have silence and then suddenly a horse comes clopping along at a slow jog. Bloody tourists!
The beer and food here is fantastic! Anyone that knows me well, knows that I love the pub at home called "the Belgian Beer Café". Now am I inside Belgium and nothing can stop me! The beers are something special and if you just chugged them down like people at home, you would be losing out big time.
To sign off, I will just mention that I am starting work in the hostel tomorrow! Tell you more about it later...