Bike ride adventure in the Belgium countryside

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I guess I'm no longer in Bruges

Last night was interesting to say the least. I had two room mates in a 4 bed dorm. The hostel asks that you leave the key at the bar when you leave so the other people in your room can get in (it's been like this at several other hostels). When I came back around 10pm, the key wasn't at the bar and my room mates weren't in the room either. So one of the employees let me in the room. I went to bed and woke up to someone pounding on the door. Ok slightly sketchy. So I opened it and it was my two room mates. They didn't have the key, I didn't have the key and the bar didn't have the key. The boys were going out and I was there to sleep with some (possibly) random person with our room key. Needless to say, I had a restless sleep. Then I woke up to another round of pounding on the door, which scared the shit out of me.

Stop for a quick break along the path
So I (cautiously) opened the door and thank god, it was my drunk room mates (who were actually quite funny). Apparently the bar staff has found the key and everything was alright. So off I slept until my alarm went off.

This morning after checking out of my sketchy hostel, I went to check into the Snuffel hostel for the night. I found out that they rent out bikes for the day for only 6 euros so that helped make up my mind for what I was going to do today. After a short trip to the grocery store, I went back to the hostel and made an omelette and toast. It was sooo yummy. You don't realize what you're missing until you have a kitchen to use to cook food! :)

So my bike ride ended up taking up most of the day. I went out towards Damme and the Heist and then to the coast and touched the North Sea for the first time.

Signs guiding me along the routes
All along the way, there were farms, fields and lots and lots of cows. The coast area is really nice and was busy but the weather wasn't all that warm but the water was surprisingly warm.

Then on the way back to Bruges, I got a little bit lost. Ok, a lot lost. I did eventually make my way back after being out on the bike for over four hours. My butt hurts from that friggen bike seat! haha The bike I rented is one of those upright bikes you picture from the 50s with a basket on the front and a bell. There was no basket but a bell and I love to ring it haha

I haven't met anyone in the town so I just wandered around by myself, had some Ferro Rocher ice cream, a super yummy (best ever) truffel and a couple Leffe beers while sitting on a windmill. Pretty much my favourite Belgium things (minus the waffel, but I will have one tomorrow).

I received a very exciting email from my brother about my sister in law's teaching certification for the U.S. that took 8 long months to arrive but now she's certified! I was so excited and ended up talking to her for almost an hour (skype is the best invention ever). It was so nice to hear a familar voice on the other end of the line and especially with such good news. I also called my momma since I'm meeting up with her in Paris in 3 more days. YAY!

Congrats again Tracy!

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I guess Im no longer in Bruges
I guess I'm no longer in Bruges
Stop for a quick break along the p…
Stop for a quick break along the …
Signs guiding me along the routes
Signs guiding me along the routes
Kite flying on the beach
Kite flying on the beach
surfers
surfers
The North Sea!
The North Sea!
view in Bruges town square
view in Bruges town square
drinking my new favourite beer in …
drinking my new favourite beer in…
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photo by: Chokk