Brussels & Bruges
01.12.2011 - 03.12.2011
Anda and I began our 12 day trip in Brussels! Two couchsurfing guys who we weren't staying with met us to hang out and took us to some restaurant that was reeeally good. And, it was awesome cause they paid for it all! Score. Then they took us to some local bar that had live music playing. Anddd...the singer was Irish, so Anda and I were loving the prelude for our Ireland trip!! The next day we woke of bright and early (of course) to begin our touring. All day we constantly just ate waffles and french fries. Oh, we did stop for some yummy scalloped potatoes at the Christmas market. The Christmas market was one of our favorite parts! It was really big had a lot of interesting and cute things. We drank hot red wine, ate some mussels, and even sat on Santa's lap! He was a little young looking if you ask me and was sitting in front of this really weird, random dragon/dinosaur blow-up maze thing for kids, but it was exciting nonetheless. We actually really liked Brussels, despite the locals even questioning why we came. We saw Manekin Pis (the statue of the little boy peeing), we went to a chocolate factory, went in some churches and saw some palaces (the usual), and just meandered the lovely streets. That night we went and saw the Atomium, a giant structure that looks like an atom and is lit up at night. It was pretty cool to see. After that, we met up with one of the couchsurfers from the night before and he took us around more of the Christmas market so we could see it at night. There was ice skating and tons of lights. Oh!!..there was even a light show with music that lit up the town square! It was so magical!..and it lasted a really long time. Brussel's was a success!
The next morning we woke up super early to go take the hour or so train to Bruges. We were leaving Brussels at 4pm for Amsterdam so we were on a tight schedule! That morning, the rain was HORRENDOUS!!! It was so windy, coming in all different directions. My suede shoes, the only shoes that I had brought got soaked. And, keep in mind that this was December and very cold outside. We we got to Bruges, it was still raining and my shoes were still wet. So what did we do? We went into the Disney themed ice sculpture display that was just outside of the train station. It was incredible but even more freezing than outside. My toes we on the verge of frostbite, I swear. After the rain stopped and we made a pit stop in H&M (men's section), I purchased another pair of shoes and we continued our tour. Bruges was AMAZING! It was so cute and absolutely beautiful! Again, we loaded up on the french fries and waffles, got some random chicken legs at the outdoor market (we felt we needed protein!), and bought lots of chocolate! For the next few hours we were running all around Bruges, completely camera crazy. On the train ride back we bought some true Belgian beer and ate our chocolate. It was a great time!