Study? Nah...

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The nearby church.
Brugge is absolutely amazing. I admit when I saw it on our initial itinerary I thought "where is Brugge?" and "that sounds like it will be boring".  Man, was I wrong.

The day started with both art and music lecture, and they were our last classes as we prepared for our exams tomorrow. Tomorrow ends the traveling portion of the study abroad program and therefore concludes the first two classes. I say both "already?" and "finally!"

After class, we had the day completely free! So I made it mine and did exactly what I wanted to do and basically just enjoyed the city.

I took a quick power nap and went out into the city in the late morning. I did have a goal in mind (a grocery store) but I basically just wandered around. There were people everywhere to the point where they spilled into the cobblestone streets.
Not sure what it is, but it's beautiful.
But it was overwhelming in the 'crowded' sense- instead it was instead vivacious and full of life and activity.

I went into the main church near our hotel (there are churches everywhere in the city and you can hear them by the many bells!) and it was definitely impressive. I then grabbed lunch at a fresh foods healthy cafe. Awesome lunch. I then found the grocery store that I was looking for and it was one of the nicer ones I've seen in Europe. Everything was fresh! I actually got to pick the bread out, use a slicer machine (I waited until a woman who knew what she was doing to use so I knew what to do and I looked natural), and put it in a paper bag. This was fun! Life's simple pleasures are the best, as my mom would say.And they had peanut butter! Yay.
Main tower in center square.
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After dropping my groceries off at the hotel, I decided to venture out to the shopping district to just take a look around. Again, the city was full of life and that was refreshing and fun. I went in and out of stores, but they were all basically too expensive for my tastes. Oh well. I walked in a few chocolate shops just to get a whiff of the smell. Glorious. I will need to go back tomorrow and actually buy some. In my wanderings, I found a fish market and the river, a church and its inner garden, and a few wooden toystores. It is so quaint here and full of life! Just like I said yesterday, everything you'd want from a small town in Europe.

By then I was getting tired and after all, we have today free to study. (Although I am sitting very pretty in both the classes and I feel confident enough with the material already to say it will be easy tomorrow).
Main town square
I went back to the hotel to try and study. Instead, I feel asleep and took a nice long nap. This was perfect timing because it then rained. Actually it downpoured. By the time it was finished, I was up again decided to go for a run (so much for studying...).

Brugge is basically a big circle, and a river makes up its perimeter. Along the river, there is a nice path and park. So I ran the "loop" park around the city. Little did I know it was 7 miles, but it didn't matter. It was absolutely beautiful- one of the best running routes I've ever been on. I wish I had my camera to take some pictures, but it isn't really practical to carry around a camera...

As I rounded the circle, I constantly found surprises. There were inlets with beautiful boats and houses.
River shot.
There were serene wooded gardens. There was glass like water. And there were windmills! They have windmills here! Just like you'd expect out of an old movie. Incredible!

After my run, I took a shower and wanted to run out real fast, get food and study for real. So I did- but by then it was about 10:00. Being the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) and being so far north on the globe, it didn't get dark tonight until almost 11! But everything pretty much closed as Brugge is serious about maintaining proper hours for its stores. I found some restaurants and a stand in the main square in town- just what I was looking for. I ordered a Betchy Burger and at the recommendation of friends, Frites. The frites (french fries) were surprisingly very good and the burger was good too, but I'm not sure what meat it was.

Since then I've been studying hard (for real) save this one break to write today's blog entry. Tomorrow is our final day traveling! After exams, there will be all free time and nothing to worry about!
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The nearby church.
The nearby church.
Not sure what it is, but its beau…
Not sure what it is, but it's bea…
Main tower in center square.
Main tower in center square.
Main town square
Main town square
River shot.
River shot.
Another river shot.
Another river shot.
Riverside Park
Riverside Park
The garden behind a church I disco…
The garden behind a church I disc…
Another river shot
Another river shot
View from my hotel room window- it…
View from my hotel room window- i…
Brugge
photo by: Chokk