Deeper into the land of Chocolate

Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
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Trip End Dec 13, 2012


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

    Our visit to Brussels was a short stop, only one day.  But this was also the last stop in Belgium before heading back to Amsterdam for New Years.   We arrived the central train station got our bearings in the city and made our way to the hostel.  Once we dropped off our gear, we decided to head out and see as much of the city as possible in the short amount of time provided.  No map, no real orientation of where we were going...just go.  Now I know that we probably walked right past many very interesting spots or places, but since it was the day after christmas, not much was open, so it didn't really matter.  As I have said before, sometimes the best way to learn a city is to just roam around it with an open mind.       Now there was a few things that we had heard of a few things that we should check out while we were in town.  There was a bar that had over 2300 varieties of beer, which sounded almost too good to be true.  The Belgians, for the size of the country, I think have almost more beers that anyone (just an observation Germany...I know you guys have plenty too:)  As cool as it would have been to check it out, my body would have hated me if I drank.  I needed a few days to recoup and get ready for New years.    We wondered down streets and alleys getting lost, but it didn't bother us at all.  Ceyda and I were just enjoying exploring the city with someone.   In the food department, we decided to have a traditional meal of mussels, as they are supposed to be delicious here.  I think the Belgians have a trick going on.  I think that they just throw the name of their country in front of everything to make it sound exotic, and an excuse to raise th prices tenfold.  Belgian waffles, Belgian chocolates, Belgian mussels......the list goes on and on.  Don't get me wrong, the waffles I had here were fantastic, but also among the most expensive waffles I have ever bought in my life.  The quality of the food was great, but not sure if I could afford to feed myself there if I stayed more than a few days.         At night time, the whole city was lit up with a beautiful display of lights on buildings, trees and even a really cool projection show that was being shown on the front of a church.  It was in a main square area, where many people had stopped to see the looping show which lasted around 10 mins.  Characters were bouncing from one building to another, making a very active display that you would have to follow around the square.       I wish I had some crazy story to tell you about Brussels, but it's hard to come up with something wild when you are there for less than 36 hours.   I guess the weirdest thing I noticed was the high number of prostitues in the city.  I guess that the rich business men like to have their fun or blow their money, literally.  I can't say that I was super impressed with Brussels, but I think apart of it may have been due to the fact that i fell in love with Brugge.  If you find something you like, you always finding yourself comparing it to other things.  This is a trend I try not to do, but every now and then you can't help it.  Perhaps it was because it was the holidays too and that very little was open for us to do.   Whatever it was,  it was a nice to say that I got a five day taste of Belgium.  Thanks for the good memories, good food, and oodles of calories Belgium.  Until we meet again......
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