Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Where I was: Brussels, Paris

May 6, 2007

A lot has happened in the past few hours I guess you can say because it hasn't really been days.

On day 3 we headed to Brussels. The train ride was very pleasant, but it was followed by an unpleasant roam around Brussels searching for a hostel. We essentially walked the whole city. Finally we found the one we had researched about and all they had left was a single room. Luckily, we were able to split the price of it and Lisa and I just shared the bed. Even though it was a little tight, it was nice to have a private room with our own bathroom.

We thought it was funny because our room was in the cocoon section of the hostel, which was all the up top and up a special flight of stairs.

On the train to Brussels we decided to go to Paris and Barcelona instead of the south of France. This was really exciting and gave us both a lot to look forward to. That night in Brussels we saw the Grand Place and then went for dinner. Dinner was really amazing. I ate fish soup and paella. Yay for moules in Belgium. After we went to see the Mannekin Pis, which is a statue of a peeing boy. I thought it was hilarious.

Then Lisa and I treated ourselves to Belgian beer. I had strawberry and she had cherry. So great.

We called it a night early and went back to the hostel to organize our lives and backpacks. We made a realistic plan of our trip and realized we have a week leeway so we are probably going to stop in Padova (where I studied abroad last year), and then go to GREECE.

I am looking forward to that in ways I can not describe on paper.

THe next day we woke up early and went to the European Union. There was a fair celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the EU's predecessor, the European Economic Community. It was really exciting to be there for such a historical event. After the EU we got on the metro and saw the Atominium, which is a monument in Brussels that was in the World's Fair. They call it the Eiffel Tower of Brussels.

We got some Belgian waffles, which were delightful, but then we had to haul over to our hostel in order to make our train to Paris. After running--blood, sweat and tears--we got to the train station only to find out that we were at the wrong one. We quickly got on a train there and got to the right station. Our train was late. We made the train, but they wouldn't let us on without reservations. This was really frustrating since we paid $700 each for our rail passes. We ended up waiting for two hours, which meant enough time for another Belgian beer. We finally got on our train to Paris and slept the whole time.

Once we arrived we met Lisa's cousin Katie. She was so sweet and took us to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triumph and the Bastille Monument. We also managed to feed ourselves two crepes during the time. Paris was a fun little interlude. However, we got back to the train station for our overnight train to Barcelona.

We are on the train now, and it is gorgeous. We are so excited for going to the beach and relaxing.

Photo: Check me out at the European Union!

(More regular blog entries to come, it's hectic trying to learn about the History of IR from 1945 to present for finals and keep up with these segments so they are in proper date order. <3)

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