Our 5 Day Trip Finally Came!

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Aug 25, 2007

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

After waiting for FOREVER for our 5 day trip to the region where
Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands meet, we finally left last
Wednesday morning.  Our first stop was in Eupen, Belgium (which is
also where we stayed in a hostel throughout the trip) but on the way we
stopped to tour an open-cast lignite mine.  Needless to say this
was very boring.  SOME of it was interesting but we were so tired
from waking up early and then being on the buses all day that some
people slept right through the tour.  I managed to stay awake but
was knocked out as soon as we left the mine.

Upon actually arriving in Eupen, we found that it was a very small town
with not much to do.  We could barely find anywhere to eat because
most of the restaurants were too expensive for us.  However, that
doesn't mean we were lacking in excitement....that night, some of the
guys had a little too much to drink and decided that it would be a good
idea to break into the kitchen of the hostel at 2:00 in the
morning.  The rest of us woke up the next morning to the hostel
owner refusing to give us breakfast until they confessed, which made
everyone else in the program super mad.  The guys confessed, we
got our breakfast, and everyone went on with their day....

Our first stop in Eupen was to tour the Parliament of the
German-speaking community in Belgium (Eupen is the capital of the
German speaking community).  It was kinda cool seeing in the
offices and stuff but still somewhat boring.  After this we went
on a city tour which sucked because it was pouring the whole time and I
was wearing a dress :(  But later that day we saw the best part of
Eupen which was the Jacques Chocolate Factory.  We got a tour of
the factory which was really neat.  They gave us a few delicious
samples and afterwards we shopped in their store.  Everyone loaded
up with chocolate and some people even bought the chocolate beer that
they sell there (it turned out to be DISGUSTING)

At night, we attended a little ceremony done by the Ministers of the
German speaking community.  Unfortunately, two speeches were given
to us, both all in German, no English at all.  Therefore, I had no
idea what either of them were talking about and the girl I sat next to
is a non-German speaker too so she couldn't translate for me.  We
just ended up counting the number of people that were sleeping because
the speakers must have been boring.  Afterwards, I found out from
some German-speakers that apparently one of the speeeches had something
to do with how the German fire-hose hook-ups are different from the
Belgian ones and therefore, Belgian firefighters that live close to
Germany cannot go assist them and apparently this is a big problem
lol.  Luckily after the speeches we were provided with snacks and
wine :)

The next stop in our trip was another city in Belgium called Liege.
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