June 20, Brussels

Brussels, Belgium bound today with Eliana, Yayun, Marilyn and Rehana. We previously contacted an host on airbnb and made the reservations via mega bus last week and the day finally arrived to travel. We were excited to go because Belgium is famous for many things including the chocolate, waffles, mussels and more. The ride was only four hours which was less then half of the ride to Barcelona. First stop upon arriving to Brussels was to find the airbnb, while walking there we noticed how empty the streets were around 3PM. After dropping off our luggage we decided to head to the Grand Place.

On our way to the Grand Place we saw the fete de la musique which was located in the Parc du Cinquantenaire. The fete de la musique was a day where it “allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere” as quoted from the Brussels website. There we saw people dressed in traditional clothes and preforming on a stage. Wandered around a little until we realized we were getting hungry. Decided to go to the place Mayra recommended when she visited a week earlier and went on a journey. Passed by what I believe was a Chinatown in Belgium because there were several streets of Asian cuisine and also several international supermarkets. We ate at Fin de Siecle which serves traditional Belgium food. The menu was on a chalkboard near the bar and but we asked the waitress to recommend specials for us. We ordered the lamb leg, beef stew and several other dishes. The food was a bit bland to our tasting but the leg of lamb was very flavorful and the dish was huge. We then walked back to the Grand Place and shopped a little, bought chocolates for souvenirs. We found the Manneken Pis which is a statues of a little boy peeing. He is popular in the city because he saved the city by peeing on a bomb before it exploded. We wandered around for a little then decided to head home because it started raining.


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