Chilling and Binge eating in Guirsch

Trip Start Jul 05, 2008
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Trip End Nov 15, 2008


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with the Mitris

Flag of Belgium  , The Ardennes,
Thursday, July 17, 2008

July 17th - Woke up early to catch the 11am train, six hour trip on train, got into Arlon station right on time, toted stuff up to the Mitri`s office, met Halinka who works as a radiologist and also met Jad, her husbands nephew, she spoke french to us.   Jad briefley took us around the city, first to Yasmine`s new apartment, the daughter of Halinka and Kamal, saw an awesome church, wandered around got ice cream, got meat from the butcher.  Rode back to the farm mansion in Guirsche, politely raided food, used internet until Mitris arrived via bike.  Had great dinner of Rattatouille, Steak, potatoes (that we peeled ourselves), nice red wine, bread.  This took a while.  But I gauged the time better this visit and ended up the last person still eating (success).  Halinka gave us an awesome tour of the home (will extrapolate later) helped us with beds, nighty-night.

July 18th - Slept in til 11.  Did our requested chore of getting milk from neighbor's farm (freshest best milk we've had), ate bread with jam and sac magique (lebanese herbal mix and olive oil), chilled and worked on internet getting hostels and writing this, ate Brunch of leftovers cooked in Aga (their stove that heats the entire house, dries clothes and cooks their food, they don't have a microwave).  Jad took us back into town, first to see an amazing church up on a hill (I wont be able to upload these pictures until I get back), then saw some roman ruins buried under a pub in the town, then got some chocolates at Leonidas, a chain chocolatier, for the Mitris to supplement the gifts we already had for them.  Ruffled through some shops, got more minutes for Adams phone.  Rode back to the HQ ate a Lunch from the remaining leftovers and rested a bit.  Then to get a better feel for the village that they live in we took a hike around the old farm mansions, but decided to extend this promenade into the surrounding countryside.  Down through the woods to the fields we thought we thought we heard a wild boar in distress, got pretty freaked out, but eventually figured out that the noise was only trees rubbing together.  The woods opened up to a sight of Luxembourg and the surrounding fields where the farmers were mostly growing corn and wheat, which we sampled.  For amusement we hopped a fence that Jad knew was the border between Luxembourg and Belgiumm, cackling about avoiding the border guard and tried to provoke some cows into a game of chicken.  Made a quick stop to roll on barrels of hay then hiked around to the back of the village and met the Mitris back home.  For dinner, Halinka had picked up some Asian cuisine comparable to our Golden Buddha, with the exception of the frog legs.  I ate two heaping plates of this, so in all I tally five meals plus snacks and the Belgian Pie aka Tarte au Sucre that we had for dessert.  Later more guests arrived including their daughter Sarah with her boyfriend, their son Fadi with his fiance and Halinka's mother Babu.  We talked to Fadi's fiance (don't remember her name) about many things but mostly movies about humanitarian crises and her times in the US.  
 
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