Sunday, 30 October 2011 05:53

Arrived in the Land of Waffles and Chocolate

Written by  Ken Ku
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Statues in the Acropoli Station Statues in the Acropoli Station Ken Ku

I had to bid farewell to Athens today, the Acropolis, and headed off to my new destination: Brussels.  This was the first evening flight of my trip and I am glad since it allowed me a chance to take a leisurely stroll around the Acropolis again for one final look before picking up my bags and heading to the metro to head to the airport.  The Acropolis station is walking distance from the hostel that I stayed at and is only one stop away to Syntagma where you change trains to the airport.  The cost for this is ride is 8€.  There is also a bus service which costs 5€.  So if you really needed to save some extra money go for the airport shuttle instead.  The time difference is roughly 20 minutes.

I have noticed that here in Europe that some airports do their security right at the gates which is different than in North America.  It offers a chance for family and friends to be together right up until it is time to board.  I am not sure how many airports do this but at least Athens International and the Vienna International Airports have security at the boarding gates.  However I must note that I am traveling within the Schengen so this may be different if I were to travel to non-Schengen areas.

When I arrived in Brussels, I knew it would be a whole new adventure waiting for me.  Not only am I in a new country, I will also be trying something different as well!  Couch surfing!  For those of you that don't know what couch surfing is, it is basically a network of people that offer to host travellers such as myself for a couple days for free.  For more information, check out their website, there is a lot more to a couch surfing account than just messaging random people and asking them if you can stay at their place.  For example, you'll need references and in my case, I met someone who just happened to couch surf with my host here in Brussels and recommended me to him.

It just so happens that my host, Gio, is also Italian and accepted my request and now I'm here!  I'm looking forward to spending the next couple days exploring Brussels.  I know that there are several things that I want to try out: pommes frites (fries) with assorted sauces, chocolate, and Cantillon beer.  Of course there is CHOCOLATE!  I've been told that their hot chocolate is so good that it will make one quiver with pleasure.  So Marcus, I'm holding you to it!  If I have time, I will try to take a day trip down to Brugge (Bruges) or Antwerp as well.

Last modified on Sunday, 30 October 2011 06:48
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!



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