Trip Start Sep 30, 2007
43Trip End Jan 08, 2008
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Despite the lack of sleep and hundred miles of traveling, I was thrilled to come to Brussels where most people come for a day-trip from Paris or Amsterdam. In Brussels, you immediately know you're in Europe because everything is in either French or Flemish (Dutch). For the most part, south Belgium speaks French and north speaks Flemish but people in Brussles speak both languages fluently due to its geographical location.
Arriving in Brussels, I contacted my host, Benj, whom I met via couchsurfing website. I'll be surfing at his couch for the next couple of days before making my way into Amsterdam. As a traveler, getting an inside look at the daily life of the city is such a treat. On the first night, Benj invited few of his friends to get a poker game going. Drinking wines, exchanging stories and debating about American foreign policy, good times were had. Perception of America is bit disturbing, but not surprising. I'll save the topic for later after visiting few more countries to get a comprehensive report.
My last night in Brussels coincided with Benj's bday bash. Drank all sorts of beers, starting with duvel. Belgium is known to have great beers and there were just too many to try out everyone's favorites. People in Brussels are also very friendly and easily approachable. I can't name them all but many friends were made and I hope they can make it to LA someday.
Brussels is a city with fine blend of French & Dutch which makes the city quite fascinating. Watching Benj's documentaries and living with Benj & Daan for few days, I've gained much here culturally. Belgium could've easily been about Manneken Pis and Waffles like most tourists, but for me, Belgium is a special place with exceptional people. I hope I gave them different views of the American people and I think that's what traveling is all about. But the worst part of traveling is it's easy to meet people but hard to say good bye.