I finally finished this post… I started writing weeks ago, in Belgium… I retouched few days ago, and finished it today… hard work… 😀

At the end of the January I returned from Belgium… I was there with work, but It’s been a nice experience and I’d like to share it with you. I’ll tell you the things I like, the things I don’t, the ones that I think are weird and the ones that I think are great.

First of all let’s talk about food: You can eat very good here, if you have the money for restaurants. The food is very tasty and well prepared. Something shocking at the first look a type of food named stake tartar. I didn’t see this kind of food before, and looked like raw meat with an unboiled egg on the top… but actually I find out that the meat is marinated and if you don’t look at it, it tastes really good.

They have the tastiest chocolate candies in the world! And I mean it! I carried so many boxes of candies back home, that my slippers didn’t fit the luggage and I left them in hotel room!

Another thing that I’m not used to is the shop’s schedule. On Sunday all the shops are closed, and on the week days they close on 6. So there is just one day of shopping, Saturday. The supermarkets close early as well, so if you feel you should buy a Pepsi in the middle of the night you hit the wrong country. On the other way, there is more respect for the work force… they respect themselves and leave work early (from an Eastern European point of view).

Antwerpen

Antwerpen

Something strange: you can hardly get a salad… I asked many restaurants for a salad, and they pointed to a kind of food that had a some tomatoes and lots of herbs in it… maybe I had bad luck…

The towns are very clean, there is a machine that washes the street and some guys with vacuum cleaners… so adios Mrs. Broom that puffs the dust in the air every morning in front of my building, so it reaches the third floor…

One of the days I went to a Japanese restaurant with an all you can eat policy, and eat, together with my colleague twenty four sorts of Japanese food. The lasagna is also very good!

I went to a jazz concert and the thing that shocked me is that I was the youngest guy around! (except for some kids, probably obligated by their parents to come) The hall was full, and there were people watching while standing. The performance was very good, I was really impressed! The music reminded me of Kusturica‘s movies.

Gipsy Band

Gipsy Band

I was hosted to a hotel from the Mechelen, a nice and quiet town, in the north of Brussels. Good for retirement! Here you can get all the silence and solitude you deserve. Except for Sundays, when there are concerts in the main square.

Mechelen Main Square

Mechelen Main Square

It was a nice trip and maybe sometimes I’ll return… for a pleasure holiday! 😀