Well i know that most of you probably ...

Trip Start Apr 15, 2002
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Trip End May 22, 2003


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Monday, July 15, 2002

Well I know that most of you probably thought we had managed to get ourselves killed or something because it has been around a month since I last wrote. Just to clear things up, we are not actually dead.

Since the last exciting issue of Tamara and Brian wander around like fools we headed back down to Antwerp. Here we sampled many various yummy and tasty chocolates. We also had some interesting Afghan cuisine. That is what happens when you think you are going to have some Thai food but you can't read the signs well enough to figure it out. Also in Antwerp we took our first train ride (aside from the Chunnel) however we only took a short ride out of downtown so that we could find a decent place to hitchhike from.

A ride or two from here brought us to one of the most horrifying things I think I have ever witnessed. A bit South of Antwerp there is a McDonalds with a gigantic statue of....... Michael Jackson! I was in shock, it was too terrifying for words. I later found out that this is the original statue that was used in one of Michael Jackson's video and some silly Belgian bought it and thought that McDonalds would be a good place to put it. I think that is a pretty poor idea, I mean there are children at McDonalds you know. I would like to point out that we didn't eat at McDonalds even though the fries smelled sooooo good.

Now to the part of what we have been doing for a month. We have been building a house in a tiny village (population about 500) called Villers-Devant-Orval. Well not really building, more like extensive remodeling on a house that is at least 150 years old. The town is in the very South of Belgium, France is about a kilometer away. We were picked up from a rest area by Gaston (Just like Beauty and the Beast of Disney fame) Anyway he has this old house and we were going to stay the evening in the garden with our tent and help him on the new bathroom he is making. Well to make things short we have been here a month today I think. During our time we have learned to mix concrete, pour floors, build walls, do plumbing, build roofs, chisel through walls, build stone stairs, plastering, cook bread in a stone oven, and many other things we never thought we would do. Today we helped his sister build a new roof on her house using ceramic tiles.

Near Orval is a small abbey where the local monks make a trappiste beer. I would like to take the opportunity to say that it is pretty damn good and I have drank an awful lot of it. Oh and in Belgium it is okay to make a whole meal out of a big stack of fries and mayonaisse. Near Orval is a big village (3000 people) called Florenville and they have the worst techno bar in existence, it is called The Storm and I will forever compare bad bars to The Storm. On a historic note, we did drive into France to see some of the Maginot Line. Gaston let us have his car (a sporty Renault 19 with 1.4 liters of pavement crunching power haha) for the weekend. Sadly the part of the Maginot Line that we went to was closed when we arrived so we didn't get to go in and see all the tunnels and bunkers.

I have picked up a new hobby or perhaps bad habit. Gaston in his younger days had a sort of fixation with churches, or perhaps not the churches themselves but more like peeing on them. Gaston claims it isn't a hobby or sport but a statement. I think he just enjoys it. I can see why though, it is pretty fun.

Yesterday we visited a place in the Netherlands called Eindhoven (I think it is spelled like that) Anyway we stopped at a wonderful coffee shop called Pink. It sounds really sissy and girly but it was really cool inside. The menu listed various new items for our choosing. These ranged from space cake, THC drinks, mushroom tea, a dozen types of hash, and another dozen types of marijuana. The one item missing from the menu was coffee. We had a good time and headed back to Belgium. We didn't bring anything back across the border because that would be illegal (heehe, we will send a picture soon) Honestly though drug dealing here wouldn't be very profitable because two ounces of Shiva here costs roughly $10 where at home it would be closer to say $80 or so. Anyway I am sure everyone is now worried that we are becoming drug addicts, but don't worry.

Well I know there is much much more to say but I just can't think of things at the moment, so until next time.

Your Personal Deity,

Brian
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