This way, my "card" can reach everyone!
My word, I have never thought I'd be sitting in this flat and writing this post from Brussels (sure, I planned for this trip, but it was "in planning" for so long, I almost gave up).
As the title states, these few days, there have been a lot of "first times" for me. Bare with me, I'm a small town girl with reasonably small financial liberty, and my travels usually include a car ride to the capital, a bus ride to Hungary.. never (ever) rode in.. a plane!
It was strange in way, not an unpleasant trip. The ride took some 2 hours, and it felt exactly like the bus does. Actually, I have had much more "turbulent" rides in some buses (bumps, lumps and shaking), but the only time I felt a slight discomfort was the landing - my ears felt the pull-down.
I haven't got a previously inserted fear of flying, but I do know a thing or two about getting lost, so imagine me: first time in a metro-station
Fortunately, people ARE friendly here
(knowing a bit of French helps):
I was "taught" how to handle this "device" and
how not to board to wrong train.
I haven't came here alone. However, my business-cooperate has a different schedule; she works for an associate institution and most of the time I am left on my own (those times that I'm not required to attend a conference, a lecture or a meeting).
Would you like to see what I saw so far?!
I do all my "explorations" on my own, on my two feet. I like to see, smell and taste the place I'm at, and I don't believe you need a guide. Fear of getting lost? Sure, I have it... then again: I got lost - and every time I'd find someone, I'd ask and I'd get directions.
First stop is Atomium
not only because it's an obligatory touristic site,
but because I live near.
Not many people move deep in the park
I went all over it. Got lost, got my way back,
and enjoyed an entire afternoon
Then, after showing you some amazing sites, let me be honest: I am, by far, more amazed by all the pretty houses. Each and every one of them - a gem. Take a look:
Painted glass, statues, green arches, art-deco façade..
I know it's rude to stare, but I can not restrain myself
the houses are a given!
Hopefully, tomorrow my co-worker will manage to clear out some of her time.table and we'll head out to Bruges. More pictures will surely be made.
Have a great Thursday!