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Brussels

Day 2 - 16th September

overcast 24 °C

Flea market attempt. Flea markets in foreign countries are always fun. Nothing beats frustrating a foreigner with insultingly low offers on their merchandise. Didn't quite make it in time. they close early afternoon on weekdays.

Arab feast. Stopped for some Arabic food. Was able to wax arabic with them. The owner was from the Maghreb which includes Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Food and dialect a little different but I understood his dialect and he understood mine. Good feed.

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Antique quarter. The antique shops here are everywhere… and cheap! Great merchandise. Would love to get hold of a container and fill it with furniture. Great vintage craftsmanship. Kills me to leave it here...

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Lovely people. The people of Belgium are great. Lots of helpful advice and friendly inetractions. One guy in a store even took us for a 10 minute walk so that he could show us exactly where some of his favourite restaurants were. Thanks mate.

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Get off the grass! Well how about you put a sign up, dickhead? I was yelled at...

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Royal place. Another one of Belgium’s famous squares. Again, very appeasing to the eye.

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Royal dinner. Well, on Royal place anyway. I had 5 courses including lobster and Vic had 3. Couldn’t eat a thing more. Highlights definitely were the lobster and fish soup.

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Posted by samandvic 00:35 Archived in Belgium Comments (0)

Brussels

Day 3 - 17th September

overcast 23 °C

Antique market. The antique dealers get together and put on a street market every weekend. Brussels is known for it's antiques and this is their way of showcasing their merchandise. We were in antique mode so decided to plan our day around it.

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Sign. Vic grew rather fond of an original early 1900s French sign that was made of copper and enamel. Home stores replicate these. Cheap ripoffs but this was the real deal. Very cool. Negotiation was challenging but got it for a steal in the end.

Crystal. Belgium's finest crystal. I bought a sailboat sculpture. Vic disapprovingly approved. Very sophisticated in my opinion. Vic will try to make me put in in the study with all my other stuff. That's an argument we can have back at home.

Atomium. I’d hit the European wall. Didn’t want to see any thing else. No local features, no historic churches, no famous castles, nothing! Apparently, I had no say. I think the term 'suck it up' was used. Obviously, we went. Worth it in the end. I just couldn’t bare the thought of travelling to another crowded place, take a picture and come back. Over it now...

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Kebab. For dinner. We were hoping the Turks 'here' know how to cook. Australian Turks, I take my hat off to you. These guys were ok but we've got it good at home. Maybe room for an exchange program. They seriously do not know what they are missing.

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Brussels

Day 4 - 18th September

overcast 24 °C

No car day. C’mon. On the day we check out of all days. Luckily Taxis are still permitted to operate however road closures lead to a longer drive time. Got out of it ok. Streets completely bare. Rather peaceful.

F’n bums. Getting a little sick of the gypsies. They get right in your face with their gold teeth, trying to get something for nothing. Almost lost composure. Get a job, Gyppo. Sorry, they are annoying… and dishonest.

Token bag breakage. Of course at least one baggage related dilemma. The small suitcase straps onto the big one. The strap died today meaning that there is one more bag to wheel around. At least it happened at the end of our trip. Feeling more like a camel everyday. Maybe I can get away with spitting on a gypsy!

Train to Amsterdam. I really love the train network. Hopefully we can grab a bite pretty quickly because there was no time for brekky. Hungry!

Vic’s narcolepsy. Out like a light. Record time too. In fact, she actually fell asleep while I was talking to her. She had her sunnies on and thought I may not notice if she nodded off. Rude!!

Brussels review. Nouveau and gothic style architecture a standout. Quite a small city but very nice. Food was good. City centre a treat. People were lovely and antiques to die for. Gabi, this was definitely your stop. Although if I was Jay, I wouldn’t let you within a continent of this place.

Posted by samandvic 14:18 Archived in Belgium Comments (0)

Amsterdam

Day 1 - 18th September

overcast 20 °C

You can smell it… Upon disembarking the train, we noticed the train station smelt like a university dorm room. Either that or all of Europe come to Amsterdam for glaucoma treatment. Another thing, is it just me or is everyone moving a little slower than the rest of the continent? Except for the fkn bikes. Big attitudes too. This is really cyclists heaven. The bikers have all the rights. No rules. The cars and peds simply play a firm second fiddle to them. Haven’t seen a car accident all holiday but already seen two bikes hit eachother. Retards.

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No Taxi. Our hotel was walking distance from the train station and for this exact reason the taxi driver wouldn’t take us. Might be a 5 minute walk for you, buddy but 15 f'n minutes later and we are still no closer. The canals make navigation a little difficult. One wrong turn costs you 10 minutes... or more! So many dead ends.

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Hotel.. Finally got there. The trip to the room seemed longer than the transit from the train station. It would have to be the furthest hotel room in the building and on the highest floor. Are we still in Amsterdam?

Not the best finish. Vic has been a star all holiday. If you have kept up with our travels you would have realised how beautiful some of the places we've stayed have been. All credit goes to Vic. She is a true hunter gatherer on the hotel booking websites. This is comparatively a dive. Made for a group of stoners with no real other agenda. Not for us but it satisfies the most important criteria of them all. Space! We need to do the final pack here. Not her best effort overall. I’m not too phased but she is mad at herself for getting the last booking wrong. No biggie.

Coffee shops. These things are everywhere... as expected. A bit of overindulgence evident. Not sure these guys will have too much memory of their travels. Not sure they care either...

Tappas. Really just stopped for a beer but it quickly turned into a tappas feast. I think we’ll enjoy the food here.

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Red Light district. Why is Vic here again? Oh that’s right, she is my fiancée. Chicks in windows showing all they have to offer. Some of their offerings were evidently installed many years after birth. Good for a peep. Some opt for more. Haven't seen anything like it.

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Posted by samandvic 14:22 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Amsterdam

Day 2 - 19th September

overcast 18 °C

GPS. A little more difficult than the rest of Europe for navigation. Like I said before, a wrong turn can cost you. Lot’s of dead ends and canal crossings that lead nowhere. Vic had her sights firmly on the shopping district. That’s all she needed to know and I have a feeling she didn’t need a map to get us there. Some sort of weird freakish shopping sense… scary. Somewhat like a goose flying south for winter. How the hell does it know which way to fly? Vic knows…

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Shopping day. Yep payback comes in many forms. Vic’s always comes in the form of a receipt and a bag. Funny that. She is on fire too. Everything she picks up looks great on her. Now to fake an emergency. My stomach is playing up, I feel really light headed and need to go back to the hotel… unfortunately, all I got was ‘Suck it up, Princess’

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Thai. Even though we are heading to Singapore for a few days, we felt like an Asian inspired meal. Something a bit light and fresh. Pretty good too. Tom yum could have been hotter. Apparently the dutch are not big on spice.

Red Light district II. Back for another look. Vic appeared more fascinated than me. Still amazed by the girls in windows. Couldn't bring myself to do the shows with Vic. Might save that for the bucks party! Very seedy at night... time for bed.

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