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Nadine in JubelPark enjoying the sunny afternoon
April 30

So I couldn't really contact anybody to let know that I was arrived in town. My first move was to go to Mathilde, as I had received not news whatsoever from Ingrid, I didn't know if she would host me.

It was nice to see Mathilde, and also Martin who was quite in a depressed mood though :S
We talked a bit and I send some message from the Internet and called Nadine too to let her know. She told me I could stay over for the night, arriving later when all the people she is taking care of are asleep.
I asked if I could leave my bag, so Mathilde did host my bag over for a couple of the following night and around 11hpm I went to Nadine, I didn't really dare to ring but I tried and she opened the door and this enthousiastic amazed eyes. I was happy we hugged and kissed fast before going inside.
Nadine and one of the flatmate she is responsible of


There was still one of her colleague awake, so we act like just normal friend and so. Took some things to eat and went upstairs to her bedroom. It was nice to discover a bit more of the world she is living in after the last talk through the net.

We talked and slept together, although it was stressy as usually nobody of the house should be knowing I was there or especially sleeping over.
So it was a short sleeping night.

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May 1

I had to leave before 8am unnoticed. We woke up early and took a shower together but it was just all in time as one person was waking up. So I finally just left and wen to the park lying down and enjoy the sunrise.

Then I had time to kill, I went to a café around 11ham to have a wonderful white Hoegaarden, my favourite, and cycled around (I had Nadine's bike).
Nadine (laroca) JubelPark

By the afternoon, I went back down to Mathilde's place waking her up (she was supposed to be up early to go into town, as there was some street activities organised though) and we talked. I managed to contact Achim and later I went to his place to give him back the things that were in my bag from him and get my orange simcard that had finally been found! (Hooray!)

We talked for a while, which is always relaxed and motivating with Achim, before leaving to the park to meet Nadine with her flatmates she is responsible of (Nadine volunteers at L'Arche, an institution that take charge of the mentally disabled people whom stays in semi-autonomous building taken in charge by the community).

Again I had some time to kill and went to have a lunch (kebab) and a ice cream in Merode area and slept a bit longer in the park during the sunset, taking pictures of the Arch and killing time around.
Spring Leaves
Then we joined each other again and went to her room, discussing our planning about where we would travel together in the coming days.

I also managed to contact Ingrid, she agreed to host me (which is nice). So I could stay at her place for tonight and not have the trouble of not being seen at Nadine's place. So by midnight, I left with the bicycle to Schaarbeek where Ingrid lives.

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May 2

I woke up by the end of the morning and joined Nadine in the afternoon for a fast talk about what we will do for the night. Either catch a train to somewhere, or put the tent in the Foret de Soignes for the night. So we could be together.
We didnt manage something but she would think of it, obviously though we wouldnt be able to contact any members so we will be on our own.
View on the JubelPark Arch

But I can take my tent from Ingrid's place.

I went to at least try to get my bag from Mathilde's place but nobody was there... damn!
So I simply had the time to take my tent, a sweater and the few other things I had at Ingrid's place and go back to join Nadine... a bit late. We would leave somewhere (she had prepared a wonderful lunch though!)
And to add to that, we even missed the train.
We kept going, we would take the train to Jemelles and would after try to go to a camping in Rochefort for the night.

Our Go Pass ready, we board the train by the evening so it would be dark when we would arrive.
Destination Wallonie!

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Nadine (laroca) JubelPark
Nadine (laroca) JubelPark
Spring Leaves
Spring Leaves
View on the JubelPark Arch
View on the JubelPark Arch
Overview to JubelPark Arch at suns…
Overview to JubelPark Arch at sun…
A view on JubelPark Arch by sunset…
A view on JubelPark Arch by sunse…
Etterbeek View (merode)
Etterbeek View (merode)
Etterbeek View (merode)
Etterbeek View (merode)
Housing at Montgomery
Housing at Montgomery
Montgomery Rond-Point
Montgomery Rond-Point
Montgomery Station
Montgomery Station
In Station Montgomery
In Station Montgomery
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Effect of Nadine walking - Statio…
Montgomery Metro Station Colours
Montgomery Metro Station Colours
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