Belgium

Belgium – the land of chocolate, beer, and waffles <3 Part 1

My program was fortunate enough to have our friday class cancelled, leaving us with a long weekend. So all North Americans from my class decided to have a big group weekend trip to Brussels, Belgium. I never travel in big groups, and the only other time I was traveling in a big group was when I had a big reunion with my exchange friends in Milan. That time everyone was flying from all over Europe and we stayed in 3 different hotels and just met up at a given time. But this time all 7 of us were traveling together, staying at the same hotel at rooms side by side, and did pretty much everything together except a couple of times.

After our last class on Thursday was done, I headed home to finish packing and met up with a couple of others to grab 200 bus to the airport. I personally prefer taking the aeropuerto bus than taking the metro going to the airport, because 1) the bus stop is only about 7 min walk from my place, 2) it only takes about 20-30min depending on the terminal and 3) it’s only 1.50 euros!

We flew with Iberia, and their aircrafts were much more spacious than Vueling flights. Nonetheless, for 5 foot 1 myself is pretty comfortable in any seats, whereas for my 6 ft 3 & 6 ft 5 friends were not having so much fun.. 😦 Some hours later, we landed in Brussels!

One caution: Brussels airport is not the most efficient airport, and it’s a big confusing to find your way through. Once we landed, we were debating whether we should take the metro to the hotel or take the cab. We ended up taking a cab and between 7 of us, we only paid 7 euros each (vs. 8.50 euros for metro). And when we got to the hotel, we dropped our stuff off and immediately headed out to walk around the town. 

The town was already preparing itself for Christmas with all the pretty lights. It really made us feel like we are in a fairy tale.

My friends made sure that I try Kriek (cherry beer), Früli (strawberry beer), and Delirium. I’ve already tried Früli back in Vancouver and for some reason all the places that we went to did not have them. So I tried Kriek at the first bar we went to, and oh gosh I loved it. I really wanted that Kriek glass as well….

After some Kriek, we ran into one friendly couple that took us to the famous Delirium cafe. Inside was pretty cool with live bands playing, and minus some unfortunate acquaintance my first try on Delirium was pretty good. HOWEVER for some reason Delirium had a taste of bacon to me, and all my friends thought I was crazy. But then at the same time, I am one of the odd 5% of the population that tastes cilantro as soap, so maybe tasting bacon in beer is not too weird for me 😛

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