Lets here it for Holland

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 29, 2009

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

We spent a few more days driving round the coast and slowly making our way back towards Belgium and again the dreaded crossing across the channel, the weather was getting dull and overcast and the houses were starting to look more and more like home. We had over three weeks left of our tour of Europe but it already felt like it had come to a premature end, something had to be done to liven things up again!

Leaving Holland and crossing into Belgium was much the same as entering Holland, we didn't realise we had actually crossed any border! Even in a relaxed Europe state this was pretty easy going you usually see some remanence of a border patrol from the past, I've seen small town make more of a statement that your entering a place and give the impression you'll have a fantastic time in there little village! I guess though for some strange reason its hard to have an amazing time in Belgium, again its a nice country with friendly people, amazingly clean and tidy but it just has something missing.

I was actually glad to leave Holland in the end, the roads had started to freak me out a bit, to get from A-B you cross the roads system in a series of perfectly straight roads across a grid system, its hard to get any sense of direction and feels totally unnatural, after a few days I felt like part of the matrix and reality was starting to fade away, I have never actually been happier to see a bend in the road when we finally hit Belgium.

The weather was getting duller and wetter and opportunities for sight seeing were getting thinner on the ground, we went to Antwerp but the rain was getting harder so we just drove round a bit, nice place but a bit to posh for us. Later that day we hit Brussels and the weather cheered up a bit, Belgium is a funny place the east is defiantly has more of a Germanic feel and the west was happily starting to feel more like France. Brussels surprised us with its quirkiness and interesting places for what is essentially the political headquarters of Europe.

There is allot of wealth in the city which usually means allot of poverty in certain areas and this was no exception, it always makes us wonder what the rich and powerful feel when they see endless slums and homeless people drawn to their city from all corners of Europe, drawn by the money Brussels brings central position of government but unlikely to ever get the help or opportunity they left home for. Rant over, we can't change the world in our little van, what we have seen is the rich crave more money and power and the rest of the world gets on with it, cultures may vary but normal people are essentially the same the world over, which means they make do with the best they have and in our experience usually seem happier for it.

The quirkiness off Brussels and its definite lean towards France had given us the desire to explore again, we still had a few weeks left and we were determined not to mope about waiting to return to England. There seemed only one plan, hit France again and see what we could find, we originally had the romantic Idea we would leave Europe on a plane to the far east from Paris, but the cost of the ticket and the logistics with the van didn't make much sense in the end. Paris though was now still very much within reach, weather we could overcome our fear of driving to one of the busiest cities in Europe was another matter.
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