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Brussels & Bruges
I just got back today from Belgium. It’s the shortest weekend trip I’ve taken so far, but it was more than enough to do both Brussels and Bruges because in reality, there’s not actually that much to do in either of those places. 
I loved Belgium for its people, food, drinks and Christmas spirit, but if I’m being honest, I found Brussels to be dirty, mostly ugly and a little boring. I still had a great time, but I had expected the city to be beautiful and quaint like Amsterdam, or grand like Berlin, but it was neither. 
Bruges, on the other hand, was as beautiful as everyone had said. Especially with all the Christmas decorations, it was a wonderful sight to see. We spent probably three hours or so there, and it was sufficient to take a walk around the town, try some waffles and take some pictures. There were a lot of people lining up for canal cruises, and while it was still warm enough that the cruises could operate, it was a bit too chilly for me to want to do it. 
Back in Brussels, we saw the Musee de Beaux Arts and the Magritte museum, both of which were worth the 3 euros (yay for being a student!) and we got to see some wonderful art including the Landscape of the Fall of Icarus and Death of Marat, which were my personal favourites. 
Our hostel was pretty centrally located and we could have walked everywhere, although we didn’t realize that fully until the last day, at which point we had already spent a ton on metro tickets. I recommend walking in Brussels, because it’s cheaper, faster and prettier. The metro is actually pretty gross. 
Overall, a pleasant trip; I’m glad I got a well-rounded sense of the place. 

    ly503:

    Brussels & Bruges

    I just got back today from Belgium. It’s the shortest weekend trip I’ve taken so far, but it was more than enough to do both Brussels and Bruges because in reality, there’s not actually that much to do in either of those places. 

    I loved Belgium for its people, food, drinks and Christmas spirit, but if I’m being honest, I found Brussels to be dirty, mostly ugly and a little boring. I still had a great time, but I had expected the city to be beautiful and quaint like Amsterdam, or grand like Berlin, but it was neither. 

    Bruges, on the other hand, was as beautiful as everyone had said. Especially with all the Christmas decorations, it was a wonderful sight to see. We spent probably three hours or so there, and it was sufficient to take a walk around the town, try some waffles and take some pictures. There were a lot of people lining up for canal cruises, and while it was still warm enough that the cruises could operate, it was a bit too chilly for me to want to do it. 

    Back in Brussels, we saw the Musee de Beaux Arts and the Magritte museum, both of which were worth the 3 euros (yay for being a student!) and we got to see some wonderful art including the Landscape of the Fall of Icarus and Death of Marat, which were my personal favourites. 

    Our hostel was pretty centrally located and we could have walked everywhere, although we didn’t realize that fully until the last day, at which point we had already spent a ton on metro tickets. I recommend walking in Brussels, because it’s cheaper, faster and prettier. The metro is actually pretty gross. 

    Overall, a pleasant trip; I’m glad I got a well-rounded sense of the place. 

    Posted on Sunday, December 1st 2013

    Reblogged from Lavya in Madrid

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    Solo Expedition:

    So all of my friends are conveniently either in Paris, Lisbon or Morocco this weekend, so I have been left mostly to my lonesome. Which, it turns out, can actually be really fun. Unfortunately for me, the full itinerary I had made for myself today didn’t work out because today is a holiday - apparently its the celebration of the patron saint of Madrid, Almudena. So I had to readjust. 

    First I went to the Jardin Botanico right by the Prado museum, and it was very serene, green and peaceful. Obviously it would have been better in the spring, when most of the flowers are actually in bloom, but it was still really relaxing. It would make a perfect date spot; lots of little alcoves and benches and only 1.50 euro for students. 

    I came home for lunch and then went off to see the Templo de Debod, a 2,200 year old Egyptian temple that was donated to Spain for their help in restoration efforts or something like that. The line was super long, but it was still cool to say I’ve been inside the walls of something that old, even if it is out of place here. The sun set right behind the temple so the view was beautiful. A couple was taking their wedding pictures there earlier (which makes it probably the 6th wedding photoshoot I’ve seen since I’ve been in Spain).

    Unfortunately on my way home I took a detour into Zara, looking for a simple black belt and actually leaving with a plaid coat. Sigh. 

    All in all, it was a pretty successful day on my own. Most people are scared of doing things alone, but I found out today that it can be just as fun and rewarding as going with friends. Sometimes peaceful sights are best enjoyed alone, and Madrid is definitely not short of those.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12th 2013

    Reblogged from Lavya in Madrid

    ly503:

Where in the world do you think this is? Looks almost like Scotland or Ireland doesn’t it? Well actually, it’s Marvao, Portugal! We went to Extremadura and two towns in Portugal as part of a school trip. If you’re the kind of person who likes playing around in medieval towns and castles, then this is the trip for you. It was so cool to climb around the edges of these ancient stone buildings and discover all kinds of nooks and crannies. It was a little dangerous, but I guess that’s what made it so exciting. The mountainside of Portugal was breathtaking. We didn’t go far into the country, just the border towns, but it still felt very different. It was also freezing, so be sure to bundle if you do this in the fall!

    ly503:

    Where in the world do you think this is? Looks almost like Scotland or Ireland doesn’t it? Well actually, it’s Marvao, Portugal! We went to Extremadura and two towns in Portugal as part of a school trip. If you’re the kind of person who likes playing around in medieval towns and castles, then this is the trip for you. It was so cool to climb around the edges of these ancient stone buildings and discover all kinds of nooks and crannies. It was a little dangerous, but I guess that’s what made it so exciting. The mountainside of Portugal was breathtaking. We didn’t go far into the country, just the border towns, but it still felt very different. It was also freezing, so be sure to bundle if you do this in the fall!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16th 2013

    Reblogged from Lavya in Madrid