Brussels sucks. Not really much else I can say about it. It’s wayy too touristy or something. And all the chocolate shops are not mom and pop chocolate shops like they were in Antwerp and Bruges, they are all Godiva, and guess what; that’s lame. So basically, don’t go there.
We tried to go to the TinTin museum TWICE and it did not happen. It’s actually a museum about the creator of TinTin and all his other works too but I just wanted to go there for TinTin and we failed. We took the wrong train the first day and when the guy collecting tickets looked at ours, his eyes almost fell out of his head. Then he spoke to me in either French or Flemmish (or both) and I just starred at him til he told us to get off and go to platform D at the next stop. Well, there was no platform D at the next stop so we just got off and rode the same train back and went shopping instead.
Today was our second attempt, but this time we were cutting it wayyy too close with our flight to Berlin. By the time we finally got to the correct stop, we had to turn around and go all the way back again. It was a lot farther than we had anticipated. And so we made another train dude’s eyes fall out of his head when he saw us on the same train after it had made its last stop and turned around again.
Oh, well. No TinTin for me. There was, however, a tiny little store in Brussels and I bought two little reusable TinTin bags which I will be happy to use when I get back into my NYC subway kind of life.
It is WEIRD to not know where the hell I am going all the time. I’m so used to people coming and me telling them where to go and what train to take to get to what and in some of these cities I was absolutely clueless. At least most of the trains are pretty easy to figure out though. Berlin is gonna be easy peasy.
So yes, we are happy to be here because Brussels sucked. The only thing good was that I got to go to Pull and Bear which is this clothing store based in Spain that I actually went to in Athens years ago and was now able to go there again. I just got some weird leggings though, no cool shoes like I did last time.
Belgium as a whole is sweet, it’s just Brussels that isn’t so good. There is one other good thing though:
WAFFLES! I never order waffles in the States. I think they are bland and nothing special and I’d just rather go with something else. But in Belgium, oh no, that is not the case. First we made the mistake of ordering our waffles with chocolate which was just DROWNING the waffles in the damn chocolate and then one day I decided to try one plain and it was the best thing ever!! This one was in Brussels and we bought it out of a truck and it came off so hot that my mom had to set it on the napkin on top of a railing for a little bit. But once we could finally eat it, it was delicious! I don’t know if there’s just sugar on there or what but they are just a perfect, light little treat. It makes me excited because there’s a Belgian waffle truck that goes around NYC and I haven’t tried it yet, but now that I know there really is something to this Belgian waffle thing, you can bet ya I’m gonna find that truck. I mean, I already follow it on Twitter…
Back to TinTin for a sec… another good thing about Brussels (and I swear this is the LAST) is that there are random cartoons drawn on buildings all over the city.
It’s TinTin! I really cannot believe we never made it to the museum. I mean, watch it wasn’t anything that great, but I mean we tried to go there TWICE! And when will I ever be in Brussels? (NEVER!!!) But, oh well, I can watch TinTin online when I get home all I want and it’ll be exactly the same. Except not.
Also, the city of Brussels is OBSESSED with this statue and I should probably look up its history but I’m paying for internet by the hour here so it’s not gonna happen.
It’s a boy peeing! Again, I have no clue of it’s significance but I don’t really care, it’s a boy peeing! And this boy was everywhere! I could have bought a thousand little boy peeing statues to bring home to you people. He was everywhere. INCLUDING a Coca Cola Ad on one of their machines in the Brussels airport. Because who wouldn’t want a Cola after seeing a picture of a boy PEEING right on top of it? We didn’t get it.
Aaaand one more cool thing from Brussels. Most of it is really well preserved and there really are some fantastique buildings, but we walked down this one street and I thought this building was the coolest of all: