Antwerp - Day 1 - COLD
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We got to Belgium early in the morning, and got to Antwerp at about 5:30 or 6am. The only map we had was a general Europe road atlas, without city details, so we really weren't sure how to get to any main places, so I just had Tom drop me off at the first train station we saw. It turned out it wasn't too far by tram from where I wanted to get to, but it was too early to check into the hostel, so I decided to kill a few hours in the train station. Turns out the train station was super cold too. By the time 8am rolled around and I headed out to find where I was, I was literally chilled to the bone. But eventually I got checked into a fun hostel (Heksenketel) which is very close to the historic district, and quite close to the Cathedral of our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kathedraal) - close enough that I could hear the bells chime from my room.
As I was so cold, I didn't actually end up seeing much else today, at least in terms of sights/buildings, but what buildings I did see were remarkably beautiful!
Later in the evening, I met briefly with fellow TravBuddy Sylvie. She is a great person and we had a good, if short, conversation. A bit of warmth in an otherwise cold day!
After our meeting, I stopped by a random restaurant off Groenplaats and had a few glasses of Hoegaarden - one of my favorite Belgian beers from when I was in the States, but as I had never been in Belgium before, I obviously had never had it freshly poured on draft before. Yummy. :D