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If It's Friday This Must Be Belgium

Hotelin Brussels

OK, so in the last week I’ve been to lots of places — Hahn, Frankfurt, Oberhausen, Essen, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Bussum, Den Haag, Antwerp, and now finally Brussels. This was supposed to be a couple of days for me to pamper myself and catch my breath after all the educational travel, but fuck this place. I once spent a half day in Brussels, when Miki and I had a layover with a tour group after a glorious week in Southern Italy. I kind of hated it then, but I chalked it up to bad weather and an unfair comparison to the previous week of Italian bliss. I wanted to give it a second chance, but no more. The weather is magnificent but this is still a mostly dreary and dingy place. I should have taken my little holiday in Antwerp. Antwerp! Oh, how I have a little crush on the city of Antwerp, despite all that incomprehensible Dutch. So pretty! I guess I'll have to make the most of Brussels until tomorrow night and at least be glad I can find my way around a menu in French if I have to.

Update: To be fair, I had a lovely time in Brussels once I got my bearings. It's not the most dazzling city, but it's got some small pockets of grooviness here and there. The touristy bits are actually lovely, but a bit desolate without the tourists. There's a cool area just off the Grand Place with a lively street scene of cafes and shops and bars and such, and there seems to be a pretty active demand for shops with comics and graphic novels. So it wasn't that bad in the end, but I’m not likely to go back without some other reason to.

Comments (8)

1) jaqui: i've heard that there is good thrifting in belgium. anyhow, enjoy your mini vacation! i can't believe all the places you've been to so far, it's making me green! (May 4, 2007 5:41 PM)

2) ellen: Glad your seeing so much. I miss ya lots, though. When will we see you again? (May 4, 2007 7:25 PM)

3) Dan: Antwerp is such a gem of a city. And they do say the only cool folks in Belgium come from there. (May 5, 2007 6:29 AM)

4) patti: I wish I was traveling with you-even to belgium! I really miss you. What is your graduation date? I've been scheming of a European trip. (May 5, 2007 3:39 PM)

5) Seb Sanfilippo: Brussels rules (May 5, 2007 10:04 PM)

6) Gerben: :-) Didn't I tell you? Gent would have been nice too! A good reason to go back another day... (May 6, 2007 9:09 PM)

7) Rob: I told you, you should have stayed in Antwerp longer - at least for that day rather than running off to Brussels asap. And don't let the Belgians hear you call their language Dutch, they will get upset. ...Flemish... Side note: Hey Seb! I hope you are enjoying Den Haag. (May 7, 2007 3:30 PM)

8) arteacherman: Completely agree - once spent my birthday in Brussels - what a let down - NOTHING to do at all. Antwerp is completely different - love it there. (May 7, 2007 6:48 PM)

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