Bikes & Brussels

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Dec 17, 2009

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Flag of Belgium  , Région de Bruxelles-Capitale,
Monday, September 7, 2009

So we finally got our bikes working last week.  At first, I thought my bike was way too tall for me (it is clearly a man's bike and is very big), but I'm used to it now and it's a good bike.  Riding around Leiden can be extremely intimidating, but so far, there have been no big mishaps and I really enjoy it.  I usually go at a very slow pace especially when compared to the Dutch who ride bikes from the time that they learn how to walk. 

Irina and I took a quick trip to Brussels this weekend.  Brussels is only a 2 hour train ride from Leiden.  It is very quaint.  It has some great buildings and overall, I really liked the city.  The food is REALLY good in Brussels.  I tried two types of Belgian waffles - the street waffle was better.  I also had a wine / champagne mixed drink at a place called Le Cirio which was very good as well.  We went to the Chocolate Museum which sounds better than it actually was.  We also went to the Atomium which was pretty cool.  Brussels has really good public transportation.  Oh it also has really good chocolate & everyone was very nice to us.     

I had one class 2 times last week.  The class is pretty confusing - it's supposed to be an Intro to EU law, but I'm pretty lost already.  I was also supposed to have another class - Ancient Egyptian Law, but the Professor didn't show up!  So that was that.  We were actually social last week and went to the International Dinner and bar night and we have a picture to prove it ;)
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