"Science really gets my atoms going"

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 05, 2011

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We arrived in Brussels at around 10 PM and it was still light outside-- astounding! The train was hot and terrible-- because Belgium has a stupidly low tolerance for heat, we were shoved on a train with about one million other people who also wanted to go to Brussels-- already complained about that in the last post. Once again, it was a lovely end to our Eurail experience. Once we reached Brussels, we only had to walk a few minutes to our hostel. The hostel was pretty good but they didn't have internet. OH WELL, at least we were only there for one night and our room was pretty nice. We spent the first night walking around and trying to take night pictures in China Town, but we were not in the safest area so we ended up going back to the hostel early. We had fabulous Thai food in China Town-- slightly ironic but delicious.
In the morning, we woke up early to grab some waffles. Belgians are famous for their waffles, and they are totally fabulous. We had a chocolate, raspberry, and apple cinnamon one. Who knew waffles could be this good!? They have both regular waffles that normal people eat and tourist waffles, which are covered in whipped cream and nutella. We stuck to the regular waffles because the other ones seemed too sweet. Then we went to the center of town to check out a few churches and spent a while checking out a very nice view of the city. We wandered around another few churches before trying to get into the main palace, only to find out that it was closed until mid July. In the process of discovering the closed palace, we found a model having a ridiculous photo shoot done in front of one of the gates. Very funny. She had to have been so hot-- they had her dressed up in a fur coat for a while! Then we went to a nice park and watched a drunk girl splash around in a fountain for a while.  After the churches, we went to a restaurant to try some Belgian muscles and more fries. The muscles were a little bit sandy, but the fries were fantastic. 
After lunch, we went to a pub and had a bunch of Belgian beers. Belgian beers are about twice as strong as American beers, so we were sort of buzzed for a little while and then were just tired for the rest of the day.  We decided to hop on the metro to check out the famous molecule sculptor in the East side of town. The molecule was built for the World's Fair and has since been a massive tourist attraction. I have to be honest--- we totally geeked-out and got unreasonably excited about the molecule. It was totally awesome and we took about a hundred pictures of it. I suppose this is why we are going to medical school.
After the molecule, we went back to the hostel to pack up and leave for London. Our bus left at 10 PM and was scheduled to arrive in London at 6 AM, so we had to be at the bus station around 9. The bus was very confusing for us-- apparently it is usually a free-for-all where there are no seat assignments and everyone rushes on like a crazy person, but the driver let us check on and get on first!! He clearly took pity on us for being so confused and having so much luggage. We ended up with awesome seats, but it ended up not really mattering where we sat. At around 1 AM, we had to get off the bus to go through border control. An hour or so later, the bus had to cross the English  channel on a ferry, and they made us get off of the bus in the middle of the night to sit on the freezing cold ferry (even though the bus was just sitting on the ferry too). I am still fully convinced that the bus company made us gt off so that we had to walk around the ferry and be tempted to buy stuff. Anyway, once we got back on the bus, we were able to sleep for a few hours more before arriving in London! More on that later--Tot kijk!! 
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I love Belgian beer , Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate, so I'm drooling over your blog. Yummy!!!! Interesting molecule sculpture. Steven, my high school neighbor, knew all about this sculpture from his science class! Nice details and interesting photos. Thanks so much.

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