A Perfect Place to Be...
Brugge Travel Blog› entry 31 of 59 › view all entries
June 20th, 2007 – by: rawepower
We left Bielefeld this morning and honestly had one of the longest and hardest travel days yet for the trip. This was because: 1. we are tired of the bus, 2. it was a long drive itself, and 3. we stopped a lot. I'm not sure why we stopped a lot but we did nonetheless, which kind of dragged the trip on. However, one great thing was that our route took us through the Netherlands! Another country that I've now been to! Granted it was only for about an hour and the land looked the same as anywhere else and I was asleep for most of it, but it was still exciting.
We got to Belgium fairly quickly and one of our many stops of the day included Gent, where we looked at a very famous altarpiece by Jan van Eyck.
Then we got to Brugge, where we will be for the next few days. It is absolutely amazing here. Perfectly quaint and serene; not too touristy but enough so where a group of Americans aren't unwelcome and out of place. It is everything you'd want and imagine a small European town to be.
Our hotel is right in the middle of it all and is another European chain hotel. The hotel itself is small and cramped and rather smelly, but it does the job and is in the perfect location- just short walk from the center of town. After setting my bags down and lying on the bed for a short few minutes, I ventured out for a run. Brugge is one of those cities where you can easily loose yourself in, but that just makes it all the more fun. I ran around aimlessly, turning on a street when something looked interesting, or when I wanted to try and follow their little river that runs through town (the river is perfectly beautiful- it's unexpected when you come across it but looks perfectly in place).
We had our welcome dinner in the hotel restuarant which was very good and enjoyable. Afterwards, I found free and reliable internet for the first time this whole trip- it was too easy- at the end of our hall. That certainly helps in updating my blog! I did the usual email check and then met up with a few guys to go find a pub and possibly get a beer. At the recommendation of our music professor, we found an Irish pub and it was just what we were looking for. Following a recommendation I got from the infamous Miller Templeton, we all ordered the Bruges Triple and were very much satisfied (I still can't tell the difference in the taste of beer really, but they said it was good).
I am very much looking forward to my short but full time here in Brugge. While I am excited to get to Oxford on Saturday, we are here only to have class once tomorrow and to take exams on Friday- which I'm pretty sure will be no trouble. This gives me plenty of time to explore- which I am very much looking forward to doing. Over the next few days I hope to wander around, go into some shops, eat chocolate and waffles, run, and rent a bike to ride to the North Sea. Oh yeah- I will probably study too.
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