13 July 2013

Belgium in the rear view mirror

Time to wrap this up and move on.  I had a great week in Brussels and I am slowly getting caught up at work.  With the holiday and my sudden illness, I figured that I was out of the office for two weeks and that put me way behind.  Already trying to finish up my trip reports (due last week) and get ready for our own internal audit at the end of the month and then my next road trip in August.  This time we are headed in the opposite direction - east.  Another 23 hour flight halfway around the globe to some far, far off land where people eat their Dim Sum with wooden sticks. 

In the meanwhile, let me finish up with my week in Brussels with a few parting shots.  Great city.  Lots of things to see/do/eat/drink.  I love the European culture.  I got the opportunity to spend 4+ years over in Germany and tried to drink up (pun intended) as much of the culture as we could.  The food is amazingly fresh, different.  A lot of the hotels are great/unique (especially the smaller ones).  The people are friendly, if not a bit tolerant to tourists (in certain regions).  Some of my best memories are staying in some out of the way town in a small Gasthaus that was run by family.  The make it feels like you are staying as a guest in their home.  There are plenty of sights to see, some old, some new.  And, of course, there is the beer.  I hate to admit it, but I seem to have fallen in love with Belgian beer.  I used to think German beer vas der best, but my two trips to Brussels has taught me different.  I still love my German beers, but I have grown a new respect for some really fine Belgian Trappist Ales.  

I know I have said this before, but whenever I travel, I make it a point to look for things that make the place unique, interesting.  You will never learn anything new unless you step outside of your comfort zone and try some new things.  You never know what things you may find along the path.      


ShadowRun300 said...

Sounds (and looks) like it was a terrific trip!
Glad to hear things are coming together for you now. Just in time for another whirlwind trip.
Looking forward to hearing about that one as well. I'm especially curious about what kind of beer they serve with their Dim Sum. ;)

Abby said...

This is a part of the world I would love to visit. So far, I've only seen it through PBS and you! I understand Belgium is very bike friendly too.

If I were you, I wouldn't expect too much of the beers on your next trip...

lotta joy said...

You did a fantastic photo post, and as I see the earlier ones, I keep being drawn back to the beer. I think I know what I need to feel better. . . I just can't travel to get it.

meleah rebeccah said...

I seriously cannot imagine being on an airplane for 23 hours. You deserve a medal.

"I hate to admit it, but I seem to have fallen in love with Belgian beer.  I used to think German beer vas der best, but my two trips to Brussels has taught me different."

I really MISS beer! Too bad I'm allergic to barley, malt, and hops!

Love the photos, Agg!

terri said...

Your life has definitely been hectic lately, so I appreciate that you were able to find time to show and tell about your trip. Brussels is on my bucket list now!