Sunday, 27 November 2011 05:50

Abhostel in Antwerp

I arrived in Antwerp late today and since there really wasn't anything to do by the time I got in to town, I just headed to my hostel and checked in.  Thankfully there was internet in the room and I was able to catch up on my blogging.  I am really like where I am staying here in Antwerp.  It is a family owned hostel called Abhostel and apparently it used to be a praline…

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Thursday, 10 November 2011 05:00

Photos from My Last Day in Bruxelles!

My last day in Bruxelles was spent with another couch surfer, Aleksander, and we spent all day walking all over the city.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the gallery of images that I have selected from that adventure!  I can tell you that wearing a 17 kilo backpack and then walking for eight hours is definitely a fantastic work out.  I was so sore for the next day that I…

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Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:41

Couch Surfing

My trip to Brussels was very interesting for sure.  While it is not the first time that I've slept on a couch, it definitely is the first time that I've used CouchSurfing.org.  To sleep in a stranger's house for a few days while exploring a new country can be a very intimidating experience.  However my host, Gio, was very patient and gracious.  Also, even though we didn't know each other, we did have a mutual…

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My last day in Bruxelles was spent walking around the city with another one of CouchSurfer that was also staying with Gio while I was there.  Since my flight was later in the evening I decided to walk around the city again with Aleksander and play the part of the tour guide.  I did have to carry my luggage with me since there wouldn't be enough time to go back to Gio's place in the…

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Everything was planned the night before for our day excursion to Maastricht, Netherlands.  The alarm was set for 8am and we would head out to the train station buy our tickets and head on over.  The actual ride would take almost two and a half hours so we needed plenty of time in the morning to make the day trip worth while.  Plus it would be All Saints Day so no doubt there would be…

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 05:50

Explored Brugge (Bruges) and Ate TOO Much!

Today I decided to take a day trip to Brugge (Bruges) because it is only an hour away by train.  But more importantly, it is a very beautiful city to walk around and admire.  When I got out of the train station in Brugge, I was suddenly reminded of Vancouver.  There was a park with a path leading towards the centre of the old town that is tree lined and the leaves have started to…

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Monday, 31 October 2011 06:44

Pictures from My Walk Around Bruxelles

There are so many things to take photos of and the architecture here in Bruxelles is so different than what I have seen in the other cities I have been to.  Mainly it is baroque and gothic though unfortunately a lot of it has been replaced with modern buildings.  There are still quite a lot to see and very interesting things all around the city as well.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page…

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Sunday is my favourite day in Europe.  In most of the cities that I've been to there are always fresh flower markets, farmers markets, and people are always just out and about enjoying their day.  Of course it was one thing that I had to get used to when I first got here since grocery stores are not open on Sundays either.  So make sure if you needed to buy food, do it the day…

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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…

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