Old travel Series: Bruges (Europe, Part 9)

This post is part of a series where I’m incorporating old travel journal entries into this blog. This part of the series is from my first ever trip to Europe, when I visited the Netherlands, Belgium, and France with a group from my college. This is transcribed from the original hand-written journal I kept during that trip while I was still just a wee college student. I hope you enjoy it! Stay tuned for more tales of our adventures!

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Our next day in Belgium was a free day for the most part. Norwood and I didn’t get up as early as we probably should have, but we did make it downstairs in time for breakfast, so that’s good. It was the usual hot tea and breads with cheeses for me, but only this time they had croissants, which made the breakfast even better. After breakfast, we went upstairs to finish getting ready for the day and then we were out on the town. We did some shopping (mostly for chocolates and Belgian lace). Bruges is a really beautiful city. we ate at a little sidewalk cafe where the horses with carriages passed by constantly. Norwood became amused by the “poop chute” on every horse. It was basically a plastic bag with a slide which attached behind the horse’s butt so as not to litter the streets with horse droppings. If you ask me, it’s a genius idea. The only problem for me was that every time a horse passed us by. Norwood would grin and proudly announce, “POOP CHUTE!!!”. Awesome.

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We decided to go on the horse and carriage ride around town, ironically. It was actually quite fun and we found out some really neat/beautiful places in Bruges that we would not have known about otherwise. My favorite was the lover’s lake. It is said that if you go to the lover’s lake with the right company and throw a coin into the lake together, you will have luck in love. Norwood and I walked there after the horse ride and threw coins in together. We each threw in an American coin and a European coin, just for good measure. It was such a beautiful place. The lake had swans swimming in it, and everything was really lush and green. It was straight out a storybook fairy tale.

We also visited a beer store in Bruges. This place had hundreds of different kinds of Belgian beers to choose from. The store was run by a man and his ten year old son. It’s funny how little things like that can be so different in a different country. At home, you would never see a kid working in a beer shop, but here it’s totally cool. I like that. It’s the little differences that really makes travel interesting.


Anyway, Norwood and I bought some bottles of Lambic, which is a Belgian beer that is fermented like wine, then flavoring is added to it. Mine had cherry flavor and Norwood’s had raspberry flavoring. They were both quite tasty.

We went to go meet up with the group shortly after all of this. We met them at this restaurant for dinner, but the food wasn’t good so we left by ourselves to go find something else to eat. It turned out to be awesome because we ended up at this cute little place nearby where we had awesome chicken curry with rice and a Belgian waffle for dessert. The waffle was topped with strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream. Yum!

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