July 11, 2013

My Past Week Pt. 2: Belgium - What to Eat, Drink & Do

Église Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours, Brussels / July 2013
I spent three days in Belgium, two and a quarter in Brussels and the rest in Antwerp. If I had spent any more time in the country, there is no question that I would have turned into a waffle. (I am such a sucker for what I convince myself is 'traditional' street food.) I feel that in the short time I spent there, Brussels gave me all it had to offer - it is very beautiful, but I'm not sold on the men. I well and truly perfected my 'why do you think you can talk to me/look at me' look of disgust - I even had a taxi driver on the way to my airport shuttle ask if I would kiss him !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Exki - Technically it is a fast-food chain. It operates like a canteen (I have previously mentioned my adoration for canteen-style dining), and the food is way too natural and fresh to be classified as fast-food. Whilst Exki is definitely pricier than McDonalds, I am too happy to spend a few extra dollars when I know I am eating real food that is going to sustain my body. They have such a fantastic range of smoothies, soups, salads (the list goes on) and they cater to a range of different diets - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free. Exki operates in a few European countries, and is 100% my go-to if I just want to eat something quick and easy. (And not junk!)

In all honesty, all my drinking whilst in Belgium was confined within the borders of my hostel. Hendrick's was the house gin, do you blame me? We did attempt to get into a bar named Celtica's which serves 1 euro beers, however we didn't have any ID and were refused entry. (When does that ever happen in Europe!?) I don't drink beer so I just carried on with my G&T's, and all was well in the world.

Walk everywhere. Both Brussels and Antwerp are quite small cities, you can cover most of the attractions in just a day. I only spent a day in Antwerp so I didn't have any time for museums or the zoo (because I went shopping... all the windows had 50% sales, I couldn't help myself), but it is usually easy enough to just stumble upon all the main attractions. Definitely spend some time looking around Grote Markt - the buildings are stunning, and there are lots of waffle & chocolate shops in the area. Also, keep a look-out for the Tin Tin murals across the city.


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