view from our room :)
So last night I was contemplating whether I should set an alarm to wake us up before check out or not. I decided against it and figured we wouldn’t sleep that long. Well no need for an alarm when your hotel is right outside the cathedral and the bells start going off at 9am on the dot for 15 minutes. Oh man it was so brutal...it was sooo loud and we were definitely awake. I am so glad that we decided to get a hotel. It was the best thing ever! It was two twin beds pushed together and I was in the middle and thought I would fall through but it was actually one of the comfiest sleeps I’ve ever had. And the shower...oh man it was so nice and one of the best showers ever (well mainly because I felt all gross from the day before so any shower would have been amazing) And we had a clean toilet and it was just so nice.
Even though the cathedral bells were really annoying at 9am in the morning it was a pretty amazing view. Right outside our window you could see into the main square and it was completely empty and none of the tables set up yet and it was so beautiful. Breakfast was included with the hotel so we went downstairs and it was so awesome! We had our free bottle of champagne sitting waiting for us and it was a buffet breakfast and there was so much to choose from! There were croissants, buns, cheese, meats, bacon, eggs, yogurt, pastries, fruit juice, cereal etc. It was awesome. We ate so much food and we had our champagne and it was really nice. Check out wasn’t even until 12pm so we just lazed around the room for awhile because it was pretty safe to assume that none of the guys at Pieters house were awake yet lol. Well we finally checked out of the room and then we decided to walk around and see what Antwerp had to offer before we met up with the rest of the group.
ive never wanted to eat a lady bug before this hehe
The city is really pretty and it smells like waffles and there were tons of chocolate shops around that we drooled over. We walked through the main square and then we walked through the Grand Bazar shopping centre that was actually closed. We just kept walking and we came across another closed mall that we could still walk through and the opera house I think it was. Eventually we just stumbled across this open market which was selling animals! There were a ton of bunnies and ferrets and little mice and we got to hold the bunnies and mice and they were so cute!! There were even chickens and birds for sale and we seriously contemplated buying Warren a small little chick. We wanted to but then thought what would he do with a chick? It would have been a sweet present though. Instead we opted for a cactus plant as a thanks for driving us over and it something that he can’t kill! Not that he would kill a plant anyways.
aww look how cute that bunnny is!
..or a chick lol. After the market we went back to the main square and we went to this little bar that was in the shade. We went inside to find the washrooms and the decorations inside were just incredible! It was all religious themed and there were all these statues and painting and what not, it was pretty sweet. We just took pictures inside this random place lol. We sat outside and relaxed in the shade waiting for Alex and Warren and had a drink. They eventually found us and we went in search for some food when we came across more travbuddies who were going to get waffles. Now you can’t go to Belgium and not get a Belgian waffle so we went with them and I got one with chocolate and bananas and it was really delicious. Really sweet though! After we wandered back to the square and found Alex and Warren having lunch and we sat with them and had some pizza.
After that it was time to hit the road and go back to England. We quickly bought some chocolates and then we went to the hotel to get our bags from the storage. The drive back was alright. It wasn’t as hot as the drive there so that was nice. At one point Alex fell asleep and I slapped him right across the face to wake him up and it was really really funny. I guess you had to be there but honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done even if it was a bit mean, it was just really funny. Sorry Alex! We got to the Chunnel an hour early so we had time to go to the duty free shop which was pretty cool. When we went through passport control the guy asked me and Sophie what we were doing in the UK etc as we were the ones who didn’t have UK passports and we had visas.
i think this is one of my favourite pictures ever!
Wouldn’t that have been funny if he didn’t let us in and we were stranded in France? Nah that would suck...this time we didn’t have a double decker train and there was a van with about a million kids behind us so we just hung out in the car. When we got back to Chelmsford we went for dinner at this little tapas restaurant which was really nice and then Louise had to leave right away because she had a three hour drive ahead of her and then Warren and Alex drove me and Sophie back into London. So as usual, a really great meet-up and can’t wait for the next one!
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