It seems I still haven't learned from my mistakes. I went to the train station in Paris expecting to have no problem getting a ticket reservation to Brussels
, even though I knew it was Easter Monday. Well I get there and all the 2nd class tickets have been sold for the whole day and there are trains going every hour. And since my train pass is only for 2nd class, that meant I would have to pay a full first class ticket and not just the reservation. Luckily the teller dude found me a second class ticket leaving from the Charles de Gaulle terminal. So the new rule is as soon as I get to the new city I buy my ticket reservation to leave.
When I arrived at my hostel in Bruges, almost immediately I started talking with a couple of Australian guys, Brad & Iain.
Walking towards the Markt
They would end up being my Bruges buddies. It was so refreshing being around them. Aussies are my favourite people in the world and I haven't gotten a big dose of Aussies, which is weird since they usually travel the most. So anyway, we go off that afternoon to wander around. Bruges is so small, but so wonderful. There are so many tourists but it's such a relaxed, laid back place that's it's ok. This walk would have normally been my dose of the city, but I spent another 3 days here.
Everyday we woke up not knowing what we were going to do. Originally I had planned to go to Ghent
. But why go to Ghent when there was a tour of a brewery with the guys waiting for me, not to mention a free beer at the end of the tour.
We also walked by a restaurant that had 1.5 litre beer glasses. That's where we had dinner that night. A VERY drunken night.
The next morning, or I should just say the whole day, I was very hungover, having only ordered a bowl of soup for dinner the night before. So my original plan to go to Brussels was quickly forgotten. And honestly I was having a better time just hanging out with the guys. That day we visited a chocolate museum and a fries museum. I am embarrassed to say that this is the second potato museum I've visited in my life, the other being in PEI. I spent more money in the last 3 days then I usually spend in 2 weeks. Oh well it was worth it.
Thursday the guys were leaving for Groezrock in northern Belgium, but had to make a stop in Brussels first, so we figured the night before that we'd all go down together and split up there.
Well the night before, Iain ended up going for drinks with another guy that was going to festival and they pretended that they were in the festival. Needless to say, they got a lot of attention and free drinks. Iain didn't end up getting back to the hostel until 7am. We didn't get to the train station until 4pm. I wasn't sure if I should go or not at this point since the train ride was an hour long. But how could I pass up another hour with these guys, they were just too much fun, there was always another story/adventure ahead.
Bruges is definitely in my top 3 favourite cities. But it's not where you are, but who you are with that makes all the difference. Being in Bruges with hundreds of excellent beers was just a bonus.