Walking Around Brussels
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Arriving in Brussels, I switched to the Metro. And ended up riding it without paying. I could not find any machine to get a ticket, and I wanted to get to the hostel quickly, hoping to save some time for sightseeing. Once I got off the Metro, I tried to follow directions on my printout, which were very confusing. Street names are hard to figure out, and I had to ask a total stranger for directions, who pointed the way for me.
I got to the 2GO4 Hostel. More about it in the review here. I had to wait for check-in. Once that was taken care of, I dropped my things off, and went towards to Grand Place. I followed the walking tour, starting from the square, and taking me around the city.
I left Grand Place, and went to the Galeries Royales St. Hubert, the oldest mall in Europe. I went halfway, in what looked like a secret passageway, then to a street that is full of restaurants, onto the Stock Exchange building. Nearby is the Church of St. Nicolas, where I went in to sit down and rest my feet. After a while, I went back out, and walked to the Place Royale, having to go up a hill, choosing to walk instead of taking a bus, since I did not have exact change.
At this area, there was the Royal Palace, where the king of Belgium may be.
To the Palace of Justice, where on the side, I could get a great view of Brussels. Looking like an old European town, with its clock towers and churches, always great to look at. And the Atomium can be seen in the distance, which would have been nice to visit, but just not enough time. I would head towards back to Grand Place, passing by cafes and galleries. And to Corner Tower, which used to be part of the city wall, and the only remaining thing left from the Middle Ages.
I got back to Grand Place, as I saved the "grand finale" for last. And that finale would be Manneken-Pis, a small statue of a boy peeing into a fountain.
Afterwards, I stopped by a supermarket, buying some food and drinks, which are cheaper than going to a restaurant. Then back to the hostel, and got settled in the room. For the rest of the day, I would use the computer in the hostel, and talk to some people there, while waiting for a computer. I would meet a woman from Michigan, and we would actually talk some baseball. She was just starting her European adventure, as mine was about to end.
When I could not access my e-mail, I would go across a street to a computer lab. And to my luck, there was a session that someone left behind without logging off. So I just sat there, and used up the remaining time, without paying. So it all worked out for me.
I returned to the room, and talk with the people in the room, who are also traveling around Europe. I had to go to bed really early, or at least, not too late, since I have an early morning flight back home.