May 17, 2015
Editor: Lauren Martin
Today we are taking a train across the Netherlands to Brussels, Belgium. We are taking a high speed train called the Thalys, which will save us a couple hours of travel. The train departure was very early, so we had to wake up at 5am on a Sunday morning. Unfortunately the bus system did not run early, because of the sabbath day, so thankfully our host Anton was able to accommodate and drive us to the train station.
The train took about 2 hours, until we arrived in Brussels. This city is richly immersed in human rights, equality and french culture. Along the way, we passed spinning wind mills in the country side, swaying fields of grass and rolling hills. We had a pass through Antwerp, Rotterdam and then Midi Station in Brussels.
Our host Ludovic planned to meet us at the station, and explained he works in a nearby financial building (which was convenient). He took all of our heavy bags and put them in his car, and then he sat down and took out a map, and explained all the great places we should visit during our stay.
In Brussels, it takes more time travelling around the city by foot. The most interesting and unique thing I remember seeing in Brussels, were the oddly shaped trees. They literally looked like Brussel sprouts coming out of the branches. I felt like we were in wonderland. Another interesting thing about Brussels, is their mascot happens to be a little boy peeing. So, they had random fountains throughout the city, with the little boy whizzing in the ponds...;p
Later in the evening, we decided we were starving, and happened to be craving some cheap Chinese food. I think we must have passed the restaurant numerous times, but it was very difficult to see. In the end we finally found the place, although the price was not cheap it was still good.
In Brussels, we had arrived the day after the huge pride event that happened in the main square. The streets were so clean, I couldn't even tell there was a huge festival the day before.