Last Day of Travel Portion!

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The brewery we toured.
The day started off with our exams for both our traveling classes, which finished up today. They were no trouble, and I was glad to have them out of the way.

I was then off to an exciting and relaxed last day of our traveling! A big group of us decided to go do a brewery tour which was actually highly recommended to us by our professor. It was a the "Half Moon" brewery in town and was really interesting and randomally fun. They toured us through their old factory in a large old medival building and then treated us a to a free sample at the end. Being someone who does not like beer or really drink it, it tasted really good! Perhaps it was just the allure of being there.

Afterwards, I met up with John and a few other people to go biking to the North Sea from Brugge.
Tanks that do something. Not sure what. (Sorry, I don't remember...)
Let me just say it has literally rained exclusively on our last day in each city. I'm not exaggerating! It happened in Paris, then Florence, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and now Brugge- literally. I think you can even read about it in some of my other travel blog entries. Never on the other days, just on the last day enough to slightly frustrate our exciting last-day plans.

So sure enough, a block away from the bus rental store, it started POURING rain. In sheets that you can see. The four of slipped under a covered walkway (where the rain still blew in on us, ha) and tried to wait it out, but it let up only enough to walk back to the bike shop. We decided that it was not really worth it to see the North Sea in the weather and the hotel bed was more appealing. Even though the little Belgian man at the bike shop didn't return my seven euro for the rental, it was worth to not be miserable in the weather.
The old holding tanks.


So after a nice nap (I had been up late the night before studying), I woke up for a quick run into town to buy some souvenir Belgian chocolate for a few people back home. It was only drizzling then, so no worries. I tried some of the chocolate myself, and to be honest, it was almost just like a chocolate shop back home. Maybe it was the particular shop I was in, but no worries.

After a quick shower I was off for one of the more exciting parts of my trip- meeting up with my friend (from Tech) Bryan! I had actually casually started talking to him the day before online, and found out that he was coming to Brugge anyway on Saturday morning for the weekend (he is studying abroad also this summer, but at GT Lorraine) and so I invited him to come up a day early and stay with me for the night! Even though it's been fun to meet new people, it's great to have a familiar face and see a good friend from back home for once.
Cans from around the world


I met him at the train station and we walked back to the hotel where it was already clearing up and a beautiful evening was coming out. We met up with John for dinner and went to the main square, the only place where anything is open after 6. We found a great restaurant where the cheapest item on the menu was filet mignon! Kind of surprise, but it was the perfect prices for food. John and Bryan ordered the filet (I don't like red meat really- can't explain why) and I got the chicken. A great meal and I didn't mind eating at a real restaurant for the first time in several days.

John headed back to the hotel so I showed Bryan around the main sights of the town- the windmills, river, and churches. It was fun to see them and catch up. Unfortunately though, I don't think he was expecting everything to be closed so early and was used to the fast pace of other weekend trips in Paris and Barcelona.
The view from the top of the brewery.
I understand because I was surprised too by the differnce once we got to Brugge a few days ago.

We grabbed waffles for dessert and they were pretty good, but a little overpriced for the tourists. After that, we were tired enough to go back to the hotel and call it a night since tomorrow promised an early morning- finally time to go to Oxford!
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The brewery we toured.
The brewery we toured.
Tanks that do something. Not sure …
Tanks that do something. Not sure…
The old holding tanks.
The old holding tanks.
Cans from around the world
Cans from around the world
The view from the top of the brewe…
The view from the top of the brew…
More of Brugge.
More of Brugge.
Windmill!
Windmill!
They were really fascinating...
They were really fascinating...
The river
The river
Beautiful Brugge!
Beautiful Brugge!
Bryan and me outside of the hotel.
Bryan and me outside of the hotel.
Brugge
photo by: Chokk