A Travellerspoint blog

June 2007

Brussels

Not sure what i wrote about amsterdam. Now i'm jumping to Brussels. The place is horribly dirty & unkept, at least it seemed that way when i was on the way there. Amazing that it was the cultural capital of the world ( Am i right? ) & that its the base of the European Union. The central station which i got off was horrible. It didn't look like they finished building the structure and it was incredibly dirty; i suppose they had good reason to keep it dimly lit. In words of the dutch i met at the hostel in amsterdam "what it looks on the inside, is not what it is on the inside".

St Micheal's Cathedral was magnificient however. The white stoned blocks that formed the church was really something else. This time, the inside was just as impressive as the outside. There were guardian angel statues on every pillar on either side of the church all the way to the altar.

The grand place of Brussels took my breath away. It was simply majestic. I have not seen such elaborate detail on all the fronts of each and every building at the square. Of course, i took the opportunity to buy chocolate (mistake, cheaper everywhere else, i'm told chocolate in the department stores are just as good for half the price!) and have a belgian waffles. There was a girl flaunting her opera(tic?) talents in the square. If she never made it into the theatres how good are the ones that did?!??

Other than these two places, there isn't much else to say. Took pictures with a smurf and tintin though!

Headed to Bruges... i was considering not going there. But thank God i did. On the way there, i saw a guy that had the face of an angel. Honestly... my god, he was the breathing form of an iconize statue! He was reading to kill a mockingbird, pretty slowly. I guess he's learning english! & no i'm not gay!

Met a couple of twats on the way to the hostel in Bruges. They were from Philly, USA. They disapproved of my whimsical way of travel. I will elaborate next time. My time is up!

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Amsterdam

First city in Europe and it was raining. However, it was a lovely place to be. The canals gave lovely views and some heritage level buildings. Ate some of the krokets or however they are spelt and found them delicious! They are basically breaded "twiggles" with pasty meat/cheese/vege fillings. Tried to look for some raw herring to swallow whole but didn't find the vendor. Damn! Wasn't looking forward to that anyhow so i guess i was lucky? Frites was kind of overrated. Twice fried french fries tasted stale to me!?

Amsterdam or should i say european choice of clothing is spectacular! Very stylish and professional looking. Very civilised look. I love watching girls in high leather pull up boots, mid length skirt and fashionable jacket/coat on their bicycles! I love it when its raining and they cycle with an umbrella in one hand like it was a natural thing! The men were dressed well as well. And by the way, the bicycle is quite a popular mode of transport. They have lanes on all roads for bicycles. They even have those buttons for them to press! meaning those we press to cross the road in the states.

Red light district was pretty interesting. There are some really hot girls in the windows! Really all nationalities... You can smell weed on people walking past you... Coffee shops stink of them... I guess if you were american you'd feel the liberation... I guess i should too but i didn't.

Van Gogh and the other musuem Rijks-something, were lovely. Its amazing how Rembrant and others could paint such realistic pictures. Somehow, these paintings were better than photoes! Some of them looked 3-D! I can definitely see the genius in Van Gogh. How he put those brush strokes together to form a harmonious image i have no idea.

One shouldn't stay at a christian hostel. Really... i was trying to find someone to do 'shrooms with but how do i approach someone? For heaven's sake, when i got into my dorm room, a couple of them were on the bed praying. The funny part if you go out the front door of the hostel, not more than 5 steps down, you have girls in their windows beckoning to you, and a thai massage parlour. How about that?!?!

Apparently, talking to a local, the Netherlanders (?) do not mind the sex and drug tag to their country. Also, you could show up to work high, at least for your blue collar job and the boss can't really say anything. Of course, this is from only one local...

Only spent a day in amsterdam. Stopped in Brussels for half a day and tried my luck for a room in Bruges. I am still in Bruges!! Now i'm trying to fill this blog. This won't happen too often. I actually have to make time to write in my journal. Will figure out how to post pictures here next time. More coming up...i have decided to skip luxembourg because of the lousy weather report for the next week and head straight for switzerland!!

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My first post

I've been here just for a few days and it feels like i have been here for a long time. Truly, that is how i feel inside. I crave for more of this. The ambience of europe is what i've always thought it to be and more!

However, before all that, Chicago was worth mentioning. I lived in a hostel in Fullerton, a little up north of the city. It was a lovely place, very much like the victorian village back in columbus ohio. Apparently, it was the richer area of town, that and because it was burned down during the big chicago fire and that there was a children's memorial hospital nearby. I'm told that the area north of chicago had a large glbt community. That should be true... since there was a glbt parade the very next day!

Met a mexican there that was there solely for the reason of selling football tickets (a guy in my room was there just for the game). His name was Hosea (yeah....hmmm..... & yes i know its spelt Jose). He was telling me about whores in eastern europe and such.. i wonder if he really came here before? or he was just telling stories about things he heard in hostels such as the one we were living in?

A bit of advice for everyone: McDonalds is a very reliable place to find a public restroom!

No more time! Internet is expensive! Right now i can't decide where to go next. Weather over here is horrile at the moment!!! Its not summer in europe at all!!

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