Alright so this post is also late but I have a few pictures that I wanted to post for it so here we go. I went to Brussels 2 weeks ago! This was an insanely spontaneous trip and this is how it went down. Bear with me, it is a little long.
So 2 weeks ago was our first of 4 "long weekends", meaning that we have no classes on that Friday. But since we were notified of when these would be at such a late notice, we had nothing planned. Of course, I didn't want one of our 4 to go to waste. So all of Thursday we looked up places to go that were cheap enough at the last minute, and we struck gold by finding a bus that would take us to Brussels for about $40, there and back. Gold might be an overstatement because it was a 7 hour bus ride that left at 8am on Friday, but still, we were excited. We had some doubts about the bus though so we didn't actually 100% decide that we were going until about 7 hours before that bus left. We were actually one decisive person away from just staying in London the whole weekend. I am the type of person that worries about every single detail and takes forever to commit to a decision, so I was pretty much the most reluctant one. But what finally pushed me over the fence was the thought that if I didn't go on this adventure because I was scared, I would completely regret it. And also a little bit of persuasion from my friend Fabiha. So with a small amount of nervousness and a truck load of excitement, we booked the tickets and committed.
It was so worth it. In fact, I told Nathan and Fabiha, my two friends that went with me, that if we had just gone to Brussels, eaten one waffle, and then came back, it would have been completely worth it. Anyways, clocking in two hours of sleep on the 7 hour bus ride, we finally made it to Brussels at around 4pm. We all got off the bus and high fived each other because we were so excited that we had actually made it. We looked so American. But what's funny is as we walked the streets towards our first destination, I finally realized some of the reasons that a lot of people go to Brussels.
First, Belgian chocolate. The amount of chocolate shops that the city center had was so crazy that it was strange if you stepped out of one chocolate shop and couldn't see the entrance to another. And the chocolate was amazing. How do I know? Free samples. Second, the waffles. They must be putting some kind of drug in the waffles, because those things were absolutely delicious. Probably would make it on the list of the top 5 dessert foods I have ever tasted. We had three waffles during the trip, and the best one, funny enough, was from some guy that was selling waffles out of his truck in front of the Royal Palace. He had all the sauces in thermoses, a ridiculously gross and sticky waffle press, and half sliced bananas laying over his truck. But wow could he make a good waffle.
The last thing I will say is the architecture of the city was amazing. Each and every street you walked down had old looking buildings with very detailed designs and sculptures on top of them. The Grand Place was probably one of the most beautiful man-made sights I have ever seen. We also walked through bookstores that had old maps in French and used post cards from the early 1900's.
Overall, it was entirely worth the stress of the last minute planning. If you ever get the chance, make a short trip to Brussels, you won't regret it.
Until next time.
Oh and also, unpopular opinion: the fries were very overrated.