Brussels for food and drink!
Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
11Trip End Jan 30, 2013
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Hmm, what to say about my little surprise gem from last time? Well, let's just say that at this point most of us were just plain tired and wanted a break haha so we did surprisingly little though we were only here for a day and a half. The first day we hiked, and I really mean hiked, all the way to our hostel over 2 kms away. Now did I mention that we had a very awkward night train as well? I know we should learn our lesson and stop taking these right haha but it was not to be. Shared our 6 bed with a very weird and awkward girl from Korea, didn’t say hi, no response when I smiled at her, didn’t say anything until about 2 hours into our trip and I told her to let us know when she wanted to sleep…to which she said "Sleep? Now? Thank you!". Not exactly a bad answer but her tone was kinda strange as if very grateful haha, she could’ve said something or let us know she was tired or something =S
Ok, so we hiked to our hostel…the miserable 45mins walk through the dirty dirty Brussels haha. Was a bad idea I think but at the time it didn’t seem that far and we wanted to be woken up by a bit of exercise =P. Oh right, ALSO on the train =P, we had change at Koln at 6 in the morning for another train to take us to Brussels, hence us being sleepy =(. Ok, so we arrived tired, sweating and feeling miserable. Dumped our stuff but couldn’t curl up in a ball on our beds cos they weren’t ready yet *sigh*. So with little choice, we trudged back outside and commenced our exploration. At least the weather was warm…too warm I think haha, it was 13°C! We didn’t even need gloves! Ok, so found a shopping centre with a very amusing Australian ice cream shop complete with armless kangaroo symbol. Wandered down to the Grand Place/Grote Markt to again be wowed. This time instead of the beer festival we had a giant construction sight!...oh wait, it was just a Christmas tree and it turns out to be quite cool actually =D. Grabbed a nice heaping of chips mmm…Belgian fries
That night though was the night we met up with Wim! Ah it was so good to see him again and he got us to meet him at the coolest place too. Remember that construction sight/Christmas tree? Well during the day it was quite a weird sight but during the night when it was lit up! Man it was cool. And to make it cooler! We arrived just in time to see it during an amazing light and sound show complete with “Carol of the Bells” with dubstep remix XD! I guess you can count on the Belgians for their quirkiness =P. Anyways, managed to find Wim at the end of that, complete in his old fluoro green jacket from Sweden haha. Caught up over dinner of fries at supposedly the BEST fries place in Brussels (it was certainly amazing) and was good to hear that he is almost free of his masters though the nine exams that he has to complete sounds daunting =S. Especially just after Christmas‼ It just isn’t fair! Glad I don’t study there haha.
Wim took us to the Christmas markets a bit after that and introduced us to all things Belgian including smoutbolen? Pronounced “smartbarlin”?? Haha don’t even start, the Dutch language has just too many double vowels and weird sounds that don’t correspond to the letters at all‼ XD Though when I asked Wim for the basics, it’s just English with an accent‼ WHAT? Hello - Hallo, Thank you – Dank u, Sorry -sorry…=P
The next day we checked out at proceeded to just shop, chocolates and postcards was the mission and we achieved it admirably. Didn’t do much after that, like I said we were all pretty tired and the 10am checkout didn’t help things so needless to say, our train from Brussels to London was filled with much sleeping…followed by more sleeping on our way from London to Edinburgh
Anyways, I probably didn’t do Brussels justice this time just cos we were so tired and to really get the best of Brussels you need to be willing to explore a little. I mentioned that Brussels was dirty but I should add that it is also very pretty…does that make sense? Just needs a little dusting, well, a lot of dusty and gum removal but haha the buildings are actually quite nice, reminds me of a shorter version of Paris actually and of course the Grand Place is just simply amazing. The museums there from memory were a lot of fun too and the place is just filled with so many things to do that’s not just chocolates, fries and waffles (if you have the heart for it) though those too are a must =P. The EU headquarters, the art deco buildings, the new shiny shopping centres and of course the countless markets that seem to be everywhere =). Anyways, read my other blog entry for a better judge of the true potential of Brussels. This stop was for the catching up of friends and the tasting of delicious foods ;)