Bruges - day 42

Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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Trip End Nov 13, 2011


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Hotel Ter Brughe Brugge
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

I JUST DID THE BEST TING EVER IN MY LIFE...i went hot air ballooning - and then my camera broke so i have very limited pics!

Bruges was so so very beautiful...it humbles you to think such gorgeous places exist -- and then annoys you that you have to spend your days working in concrete bohemouths

the difference between the belgians who speak dutch and those who speak french is pretty instantly recognisable...the french speaking ones are wankers...i got bollocked on the train in brussels by a short frenchie chick because, obviously, it was so very my own fault that the train was busy...i just pretended that she could read minds and sent some awful images into her brain which she should have nightmares over for quite a while

but the dutchies are so so very nice! i said 'excuse me' to some randoms just to ask where the tram was and they didn't hear me, so i had to excuse myself a couple of times more...when they realised i was talking to them they apologised to me...wtf?  so awesomeballs!

BALLOONING...omg it was so incredible...i thought we would be taken a field with 10 other balloons and souvenir shops, but this dude picks us up in his truck and he has the balloon in a trailer in the back...he explained that in order to get to fly over Bruges we had to pick a take-off spot according to the wind...he eventually drives into someone's field (!!!) and we all help in setting up the balloon - unfolding it, straightening it, holding it up till it is filled with air - and then we all had to QUICKLY jump inside before it took off...it was so much fun

the ride itself was sublime...at first i was pretty scared to let go of the basket, but you get used to it in about 5 minutes - that's when i realised my camera had crapped itself...i managed to turn it on for a few pics but now it's just dead

landing was very "interesting"...you can't steer a hot air balloon, you can only guide it...and what looks serene up in the air is pretty fast when you are heading to earth and you've been told the ONLY way to stop and get out is for the basket to drag on the ground and hope that it will only tip sideways and not upside-down...so it did only tip sideways - IN HOLLAND!  we literally landed in holland...aahhhaaaa

the helpers with the car had been following us the entire time - we could see them on the roads trying to catch up, and they just drove into the field we had landed in (in holland!) and picked us up...we ended up at least an hour on the other side of bruges...then we packed up the balloon, had champagne and waffles, and were taken back to our hotels...it really was the best thing i've ever done (and i've jumped off the cliffs at Lima strapped to a guy with a parachute)

AMAZING...i totally recommend it

xxx

ps...i've been asked for pics of The Rod Stewart

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Samita on

LOL so hard "The Rod Stewart" I like it, plus it looks easy to manage :D

fml I have no clue where burges was when I got the notification, seriously, bles the map on this site lol looks pretty beautiful :D stop hating on the french, I totally idolize them LOL (maybe because I don't know any real french people).

melissab2009
melissab2009 on

I did hot air ballooning over Albuquerque in New Mexico and that was amazeballs too.. so serene up there and to be in the open air that high up... did u have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it? I did, that was the only drawback LOL

i leave today!!! see you soon!

MrsD on

Don't make me add more items to my list of things to do before I bite the dust! I can't believe your camera broke on your last stop of the European tour. Will you get a new one for the Greek islands? Get a pink one!

naomi on

OMG..hot air ballooning.. I can't believe it! Good for you!!
I like the hair now. and the curls make it soft.
Hot air ballooning.. What a girl. I'm so proud of you.
Keep well, and stay safe.

Laura (onetruefriend) on

Ballooning sounds totally awesome and I'm glad you had so much fun! Stay Safe! Love, Laura

nicky7a
nicky7a on

it really was so awesome...everyone was coming out of their houses to watch and wave...cows were freaking out

nicky7a
nicky7a on

I think I will get a new one..I'll scope it out in athens...and YES you must add it to your list...it was so so awesome

nicky7a
nicky7a on

mine was a sunset flight...omg you leave today...yiiipppppeeeeeeee...I fly back to athens tonight and will be meeting up with viv tomorrow

nicky7a
nicky7a on

NO ONE knew where Bruges was before colin farrel made a movie about it...watch In Bruges, great movie...why do you idolize cunts?

barneyb10
barneyb10 on

Hot air ballooning something I have always wanted to do....loveee the pics...looks like a beautiful place....so excited for you to meet up with your friends......enjoy and stay safe...hugs

nicky7a
nicky7a on

you MUST go hot air ballooning, there's nothing else like it

Elke on

I think it's so cool you did this hot air ballooning thing. No one would ever get me into one though, I'm afraid of heights. They give me the creeps. I think Bruges is immaculate and prestigous, I worked there for 6 months, and never really felt 'at home'. Ghent, on the other hand, will always feel like home to me.

*hugs*

nicky7a
nicky7a on

i'm so glad i came to ghent...i would have had a totally incorrect view of belgium if i had only seen bruges (ghent is so much better!)

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