The throwing of hands..
01.22.2011 - 01.23.2011 2 °C
So, I am ridiculously behind on my posts. So here is my trip to Belgium that I went on in January.
At the end of January my fellow American Au Pair Friend, Laura, and I decided to go to Belgium. We decided to ask around to see if we should go to Gent, Brussels, Bruge, or Antwerpen. about 90% said to stay away from Brussels because it was creepy. But, other than that people said they were all pretty amazing. So, we figured we would head to the closest one for now and go to Antwerp.
We headed out early Saturday to Central Station to catch our train. And of course, in true Michelle style, we missed our train. So, we got to reroute to a different station and catch a different train.
It was pretty smooth sailing from there. We arrived in Antwerpen, Belgium and stared in awe at the beautiful Central Station.
We walked a couple miles to our hostel and knew the second we walked in that we were going to have a blast. It smelled bad, the couches were falling apart, and the person at the front desk was missing half of his teeth. But, there were about 10 20-something guys in the lounge, a wall full of games, and 2 euro beer behind the bar. We were set
After we checked in and dropped off our bags, we headed out to grab some dinner. After getting lost (of course) we finally found an Irish Pub. We ended up wandering around for a bit, but ended up heading back to hostel because of some extremely chilly weather. At the hostel we sat down with a group of guys playing poker, or was it war? I unfortunately don't remember most of the names, but I do remember countries. One was from Estonia, one from Spain, one from Utrecht, NL , and the last from Haarlem, NL. After we got tired of the cards we switched over to the craziest game I've ever played! It is a Dutch game that has a deck of cards with random fruits on them. When you get certain combination you try to be the first person to slap the deck. Well, imagine four guys and two girls sitting around a tiny table smacking a deck of cards for two hours. It was fantastic. And we even had a little audience a couple times.
We finally called it a night around 3 am and headed up to our room to get a few hours of shut eye.
Sunday was our day of exploring!
We had to fulfill all of our fantasies of Belgium. Therefore we needed waffles. and beer.
(note the random hands on the glasses)
During our adventures we kept seeing hands everywhere. Random detached hands. Statues, shirts, paintings. It was the weirdest thing. So we finally asked a shop keeper why they were everywhere. Apparently when you translate Antwerpen in Dutch it means "To throw hands". Which definitely explains this statue of a guy throwing a hand.
We also found a statue of a random hand in the middle of the shopping streets. So naturally we did a photoshoot with it
We ended up making it home with no problems (surprisingly). Overall it was a great trip. We got to meet some great new people and see a beautiful city!