B & B
The last 9 days have been a whirlwind of activity. 1 test, 2 flights, 3 trains, 4 buses, and numerous memories.
In last 9 days I have visited Brussels, Belgium; Ghent, Belgium; and Barcelona, Spain. The trips were amazing to say the least and I cannot wait to visit these cities again in the future.
To begin I’ll start with Belgium. Both Brussels and Ghent were beautiful cities filled with amazing works of art, pristine architecture, and some of the most delicious food. When people often think of Belgium, two things come to mind – waffles and chocolate. Well luckily Belgium delivered on both of those items. During my weekend trip I had multiple waffles, which were delicious, and a number of chocolate items. If only Germany had waffles stands on every corner, except that would be detrimental to my health.
In two days we walked through Brussels, exploring cathedrals, parks, fountains, and many local landmarks. The highlight of the Brussels trip for me was seeing the Grand Place in the city center. Over the years I have seen so many pictures of this square and seeing it in person did not disappoint. All the buildings surrounding the square are amazingly beautiful and there always seems to be some musicians playing a tune throughout the day. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity one day to see the square decorated with thousands of flowers during the flower carpet tradition. Unfortunately, the flower carpet only happens once every two years, so I will have to wait for my chance in the future. One of the most bizarre sites of the city is a statue called the Manneken Pis, which is essentially a small baby urinating into a fountain. When we visited this statue it was surrounded by tourists waiting to take a comical photo in front of the baby. Overall, Brussels was a spectacular city that I highly recommend for anyone studying in Europe.
Next was Ghent, Belgium. Ghent is by no means the most popular destination in Europe, but it does have a very unique charm. My group was only there for half a day, but we sure enjoyed our time in the city. A large river flowed directly through the city center creating a great area for two huge cathedrals and many lovely restaurants. The highlight of Ghent trip was seeing the St. Michael’s Bridge, which made for a very picturesque shot.
Last but definitely not least was Barcelona. My group was in Barcelona for 5 days, and we made sure to fill each and every day with a variety of activities. We explored every aspect of the city from one point to the other. From the cathedrals, to the Gaudí houses, to Park Güell, and lastly to the beach. The weather throughout the entire trip was amazing. After not seeing the sun for a couple weeks in Germany it felt great to just sit in the sand and admire the view without wearing a winter coat and boots. Another great aspect of the trip was the food. All throughout the city are many restaurants/cafes that serve tapas. Basically tapas are small appetizers that you can have during the afternoon or for lunch. One of the best tapas I had during the trip was a plate of shrimp and tomatoes that were barbecued over a grill. Simply amazing.
My favorite part of the Barcelona trip was visiting La Sagrada Familia. It remains one of Antoni Gaudí’s most famous works. The church is something I have never seen and probably will never see again. Its’s beautiful in the most unique way. The best part of the church is walking inside and seeing the light shine through the stain glass windows. Truly stunning.
This weekend I will be visiting Paris, France. Very much looking forward to visiting the city once again.
Until next time…