So this whole posting every week thing is proving to be a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. I don’t know why, but I have been extremely tired everyday and when I get back to my apartment all I want to do is sleep or watch Netflix (my show of choice right now is Suits and I can’t get enough of it). I think part of it is definitely that I try to go out and do things a lot more than I do when I’m back at USC since I’m abroad and there’s so many new things to explore and the days left keep ticking away.
I’ve decided that I’m going to devote these posts to the trips and big things I do because honestly my weekdays are pretty boring. They’re spent mostly either going to class, eating, or going into the nearby city to go shopping. The weekends though are a pretty amazing time. This past weekend we did a trip to Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, The Netherlands and I fell in love with both of the cities.
On Friday morning at 8:00 am we hopped on a train and were off to Brussels. It took us about 4 and a half hours from our town in Germany, but it went pretty quickly because we had 4 different trains we needed to take. We could have probably found 1 train that would take us directly there, but being college students we found the cheapest option and went with it. Once in Brussels it was apparent we were all getting quite hangry so we made it our first mission to go find food because a group of 8 hangry girls is a situation no one wants to be in. On the way though we of course had to take in the buildings and sights considering we were in Belgium for the first time in our lives. During our hunt for (inexpensive) food we happened upon the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert which is the gorgeous shopping arcade pictured below. One of my favorite parts about being in Europe so far has been seeing older buildings like this with all of their detail and focus on beauty instead of just function.
After admiring the beauty of the shopping strip we found a street that had a bunch of restaurants along it. On our way down the street a guy came up to us to tell us about the student special his restaurant had and since we were so hungry we decided to try it out. It turned out to be one of the worst meals I have had in a long time. Most of the food looked and tasted like it had been frozen and then just heated up to serve to us. It wasn’t even good frozen food though. The best part of it was the salad (which lets be real it’s pretty hard to really mess up a salad). Looking back we definitely should have seen the warning signs that it was a tourist trap and have eaten somewhere else, but we were so hungry that we let our stomachs decide. Something I have learned from this and other restaurants while traveling so far is that if they have an english menu it probably isn’t going to be very good food. Once we made it through the lunch and paid as quickly as possible we headed off to explore the city and hoped our day could only get better (turns out it did!). The Grand Place was close to the restaurant so we decided to check that out first. The whole square had beautiful architecture and I was in love with all of the gold detailing on the buildings. Nearby the square was one of the more random sites we saw, the Manneken Pis (aka the Pissing Boy). It is this famous Brussels sculpture/fountain that is literally just a little boy who is peeing.