Chocolate Shops and Jazz Concerts
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This morning we woke up at about 10 am and had an hour to get out before the lockout in the hostel from 11-3 pm. We walked over to the Grand Place, which is the focal point of Brussels. After taking numerous photographs, we strolled around the square in search of famous Belgium chocolate shops! Some chocolate shops that we visited included Leonidas, Neuhaus, Godiva, Royal Corne Port.
We then went to have lunch on a Greek street populated with numerous Greek cafes, where Jason had gyros and I ordered a side of frites (French fries). I was saving room for my chocolate waffles! After enjoying our delightful lunch, we wandered around until we found Manneken-Pis, which is a famous tiny, bronze statue of a boy peeing a jet of water.
At about 6:20 we headed back to the Grand Place because there was a huge jazz marathon going on there that evening that we wanted to watch. Before sitting down and listening to the music, we returned back to the Greek street for dinner, where I had a maiz pita. After eating, we sat down at a table in the large courtyard, where they had a gigantic stage set up. The first people to perform were the Back 2 Normal Symfonik Orkestra, which was very different from the jazz we knew from America.
By the time the last group performed, it was pouring down rain, but we decided to stay anyways. The group was called the Krazy Mess Groovers, and their lead singer was from Pakistan. We truly enjoyed their music, so we lingered on despite the fact that it continued to pour and we were drenched and freezing. Finally, at around 10:40, we couldn't take it any longer. We decided to leave and we literally ran all they way back to our cozy hostel. Upon arrival, we jumped into hot showers and then into bed!