My Favourite European Destination So Far

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
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Trip End May 08, 2013


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Flag of Belgium  , Flemish Brabant,
Thursday, March 7, 2013

After an hour and 20 minutes on a train from Paris we arrived in Brussels. We spoke to my buddy Tim as soon as we had Wi-Fi who said we could stay with him in Leuven so we sat down at a pub in Brussels, had a couple beers then hopped back on a train to Leuven.

It was an 18 minute train to Leuven and we were really unsure what to expect. Leuven is a small university city with nearly half of the population being students. We sat down across from the train station at a local pub that had these old guys playing straight pool and waited for Tim to come find us.

Once Tim showed up we took a walk to his house.  The city streets were very active. Leuven has small town feel and charm combined with a very active nightlife, cheap food and beer and really friendly people. In Brussels French was the main language, but in Leuven it is Deutsch.  Tim lives in a building with mostly other students. He has the only loft in the building with his own kitchen and two bathrooms. The other rooms all share bathrooms and a kitchen.

We cleaned up, had a couple beers and hit the town. Tim took us to this square that has more than 25 pubs along the sides with chairs out in the middle of the square where everyone parties. It was a Wednesday but the square was hopping. We went for a beer at a few different places in the square and met up with a bunch of his buddies who were all beauties. The night escalates as they often do and we ended up at a club and had just a wild time.  All in all it was a great night and it felt good to know that we didn't have a bunch planned for the next day.

Scraped ourselves out of bed in the early afternoon and decided to hop on the train to Brussels to check out the Delirium Cafe which is famous for having the most types of beer in the world. Walking through the town we grabbed some grub and headed towards the station.

When we were going through the square that we were at the night before we noticed a whole lot of commotion. Upon a closer investigation of the situation we came to realize that it was 170 college girls in a drinking competition. We watched a girl dressed like a roman princess get carried in on a table carried by four guys in togas.  Before they set her down she had to crush 2 beer which took her about ten seconds.  They then set her down and lined up 3 beers and two shots. She went beer, shot, beer, shot, and beer in like 20 seconds.  Don't worry I have this all on videotape. Haha. Dooze and I were dying laughing. Like this girl is the beast of beasts.  We continued walking towards the train station... two minutes later we turned to each other, started laughing and walked back to the square.... Delirium was just going to have to wait.

Drew and I grabbed a beer at a number of pubs with a great view of the shenanigans.   This went on for about 5 more hours.  To be honest I have seen a lot of girls who know how to drink beer... The best female beer drinker I have ever seen would be the absolute weakest link on any of these sorority drinking teams. These gals were absolute liquorsmen. 

We sat and laughed and laughed at the ridiculousness of these games.  Eventually the competition ended and they crowned a girl from the blue team with a black painted face as the champion.  She was good, but the girl in the red who dusted those 5 beers in 5 minutes was still shotgunning beers 5 hours later. Dooze and I crowned her the people's champion.

We were fortunate enough to meet this beast after the competition and she was completely coherent... Seriously. Unbelievable. Her name turned out to be Julie, but we still only refer to her as beast. All the girls on all the teams seemed to be friends.  We had discussed how in something like that back home the gals would likely be a bit catty and some would be too cool to be singing at the top of their lungs and doing everything they are asked. Not these gals, great sports and every single one was participating to their absolute max.

Tim finally showed up and was astonished with how nice the girls were. Before this night I had been told from multiple people that the Belgian girls and guys were unapproachable and unfriendly.  This could not be further from the truth. We partied through the night and they were so fun and nice and friendly. After drinking many beer with the coolest of the girls there, one was the head girl of all the sororities and the other was the head of the Beasts sorority and obviously the Beast herself, we turned it up a notch and tried to keep up with them.

They invited us to a house party so we tagged along. When we got there it was about ten or fifteen of the girls from their sorority and they were clearly winding down after and insane day, so we hung out for a bit then parted ways and went to meet Tim's buddies at a bar on campus. We lost Drew right after we left the party, but Tim and I carried on to another bar which was in the basement of a building on campus.  The roof was about 7 feet high and it felt like a bomb shelter. I was getting a bit claustrophobic so Tim and I left for home. Drew arrived home shortly after we did so we popped on Hot Rod, Tim made some soup and we crashed.

The next day we planned on grabbing a train to Iselorhn Germany.  When we got to the train station they said to head to Brussels so we took a train there. Apparently we wouldn't be able to get to Iserlohn until ten and we wanted to watch our buddy’s hockey game at 7. So we tried renting a car but there was none left.  We checked flights but there were none available. So we walked outside and asked a cabby to drive us. We negotiated a while and now we are riding in a cab for 500 Euros (apparently all my time negotiating prices in Asia really didn’t help). The game started 40 minutes ago and there is still 100km to go.  Shit. But this guy is driving like an animal so we are hopeful to make the third.

I can't wait to go back to Leuven the week before Queens’s Day.  I have met so many great people and it will be a riot to hang out again in a great place with great people.
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