As I have mentioned before, this is my absolute first time in Europe! Thus, anywhere and everywhere I go is going to be an awesome experience for me. This weekend, we took on Belgium!
After some unfortunate complications (make sure your dates are right or else you will have to pay more!), we were able to get a bus through Euroline all the way to Brussels on Friday night. After getting lost and not understanding a word of French, we finally made it to our hostel. I also got yelled at by a lady on the bus for accidentally dirtying her bag with my shoe because my legs were crossed after she bumped into me. All I could say was sorry and she just continued to spew out things in French, mocking my apology and gesturing that she was going to step on my bag. Soooo, my first experience in Belgium wasn’t the greatest. We ended up venturing out into the city and finally found a nice restaurant to eat in and we feasted on some liege meatballs. They were delicious! We hung out for the rest of the night and planned out our next days.
The next day, we took a tour of the city with Sandmans and ended up making friends with some U.S. military surgeons. We feasted on some amazing waffles together and then went our separate ways. Everyone was drained so we headed back to the hostel to rest up before our pub crawl that night. We ended up going to five different pubs and got either a beer or a shot at each one. At the end, we thought they were going to leave us at a club, but instead we ended up at another pub with a dance floor. The people there were a tad creepy and we weren’t feeling it so we left around 2:00AM.
Our last day, we were supposed to go to the Atomium and see Mini Europe but we didn’t realize that Mini Europe is actually closed until mid-March. So, we ended up taking some photos of the Atomium and then headed back to the city for more waffles, fries, and chocolate!
Overall, I am glad I went. We wanted to start off small and go to a country super close by and we were lucky Belgium is just south of us. Many people were saying that Bruges is a better city to see, so maybe we should have done some more research! Also, taking the bus wasn’t so fun either. We were only on the bus for 3 hours average each way so I can’t imagine what a longer bus ride would be like (Prague, that’s you). I kept comparing Brussels to Amsterdam and I just couldn’t help that Amsterdam always won. I am so lucky to be in such a beautiful city. That is something I want to talk about, but that’ll get saved for another blog post some other day!
The day after I got back from Belgium, I flew out to Florence to see one of my best friends, Sara. There was some weird break from my classes, I think because I didn’t have any midterms… But I randomly had a week off of school, even though I just started three weeks ago! Sara and I took advantage of this right away and I was able to book my flight out to see her really early in the block. My flight got delayed and half our plane was on a layover, about to miss our next flight out. Luckily, the airline did a very good job of making sure we all got on and even bussed us to our next plane! We actually were able to board the plane first, before all the other passengers. It was a short ride over to Italy; thankfully, I didn’t have any other troubles other than that! I ended up taking the bus from the airport to the train station, where I literally jumped into Sara’s arms. Just when I needed a piece of home, I am reunited with one of my favorite people in the world. She is the greatest host and has the cutest apartment. I’m in for a great time this week, exploring the whole country with her. I absolutely cannot wait!