Sep 03, 2011
Where I stayed
I made it safe and sound to Belgium. It is absolutely beautiful and the weather so far has been such a change from the cold rainy Ireland. My flight arrived at an airport about a 45 minute bus ride from Brussels. When I arrived in Brussels I had to get on the train to Oostende which was about a 1 hour ride and also my first public rail experience. Pretty cool. I visited with a nice couple from Merida, Mexico. When I got to Oostende I walked out of the train station and the first thing i saw was a beautiful port filled with luxurious boats and the top of a really cool and very old church. I was on a mission to get a bus ticket and find bus 22 to Ettlegem. The bus stop had 15 different gates and naturally the one I was supposed to get on bus 22 was under construction and needless to say I dont know any words in Dutch. So i just went from bus to bus saying "Ettlegem" (which I found out real quick I was pronouncing it wrong) and pointing to each gate with a dumb found look on my face. In the mean time I met a guy from Ethiopia just as confused and lost as I was. Although niether one of us really cared and had no specific time to be anywhere we were still anxious to find "the one"! Finally it showed up about an hour later and if you can imagine I had a big smile on my face:) I got off the bus in Ettlegem and took off walking through the town and had no trouble at all finding Sharon's house due to her good directions. She greeted me with a cold glass of carbonated lemonade. It appears everything is carbonated here seeing how the Lipton Ice Tea I had at the train station was also. It's not bad but it will take some getting use to. We finished our lemonade and she gave me a tour of her very large organic garden. They grow pretty much everything from strawberries to pumpkins. She said the only thing they dont have is egg plant. We ate some fresh strawberries and grapes. Tasted great! Now she insisted I wash my clothes and start fresh for the upcoming week. I am sure they are pretty rank but man it's been fun getting them dirty!