Trip Start May 14, 2006
Trip End Aug 17, 2006

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Thursday, July 6, 2006

Wow what a week, were back to the fast paced track again. Left Leuven on the train and headed out to Oostende. Small little garden city that was a planned city. In the world there are 2 types of cities. Ones that just spring up over 100's of years and cities that are planned and layed out from the beginning. The 2 have very different feels to them. This one was planned. A very pretty little town with a lot of tourism. Left there and went to Brugge the next night. Brugge was the complete contrast. Brugge is a medieval city. With buildings in the square dating back to the 15 and 16 hundreds. These are after being rebuilt several times because of the old wood structures either falling down or burning. Tried to rent a Hobbie Cat and go sailing while there but the wind started acting goofy so we didn't go. That was kind of a bummer but..... can't have it all I guess. Other than all the amazing architecture (literally 100's of pictures) I did have an amazing experience eating lunch. I ordered salmon and shrimp, from the grill section of the menu. No big deal. Well I guess I should mention I'm across the world and the menu is in French. I got what I ordered, but...... I had to cook it myself. They brought my plate with the salad and mushrooms and sliced onion, then a bowl with the salmon and shrimp along with a flat stone about an inch thick that has been heated in an oven really hot. So you cook your food how you want right on the stone. Definitely interesting, talking to group members some have seen this before back in the states but it's new to me.

Seems like a lot more was going on but I guess I just didn't get it digested into words. But the weekend isn't over. I just got through packing and leave in the morning for a weekend excursion to Glasgow, Scotland. I'm excited!
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