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  • Day23

    Mongolian Visa secured with ease

    July 24 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Thank u Mongolian Embassy in Brussels. They kindly processed our visa applications on the spot meaning we left 1 hour later with a Mongolian Visa in our passports.
    Russian and Mongolian visas procured- China visa to go.

  • Day19

    Dont get to a magician show too late

    July 20 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Arrived in Ghent off the Flibco bus and dropped our bags at Hendrik’s show venue. Then got caught in a thunderstorm so threw ourselves into the nearest cafe. Had 2 coffees before we felt slightly human again and then set off to see a bit of Ghent which is packed with people for its annual 10 day festival. Full of music, shows, street performances etc.
    Ghent is a beautiful city and a bit of a surprise.
    Had dinner at Steve’s and then they announced at 10pm we were not off to bed we were off to a magician show!!!
    We got here with 2 mins to spare and the only seats were in the front row!! A very intimate, slightly weird but amazing card trick show with slightly too much front row audience participation later we left into a heaving night scene of festival Ghent.
    A gin and a long walk home along the canal we finally got to bed at 1am!!! So knackered. This European living/ going out at night is going to take getting used to!!
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  • Day21

    Kate's first silent disco

    July 22 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We made it back into town for the 11pm fireworks to celebrate Belgium’s National Day before enjoying more of the festival’s music.
    On the way to the last tram we stumbled across a silent disco by the Cathedral. Kate has her first taste of dancing to ur own tunes... luckily for us there was only 1 to listen to! Another great night thanks to Hendrik and Steve. Finally got to bed at 2.30 am!Read more

  • Day20

    Great day at Ghent Festival

    July 21 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    I wish I was posting this at the end of our day but despite it being nearly 9.30pm we r due back into town at 10.30pm for our evening out with Hendrik and Steve straight after their performance- god help us!!
    Spent the day eating, drinking and walking around Ghent taking in all the free activities.
    Spent a lovely 30 mins listening to a cracking band, listened to some drummers, walked more than 10kms.... and then walked up 440 steps of the Cathedral tower to get a fabulous view of the city. Coming down was worse than going up!
    Sat by the river with a wine and then had dinner before coming home for a rest but have a feeling 1 hour is not going to be enough. This “holiday” is like an endurance event!!
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  • Day21

    Party with Ghent's Talented and ? Famous

    July 22 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Had a very quiet day planning. Then after dinner we were taken swimming in the Leie River Ghent which also doubles as a toilet for the local cows!
    What was hilarious was after getting ourselves unceremoniously in we realised we couldn’t easily get out!!
    Several attempts and both flying backwards onto our asses (one of us into prickles and one of us into mud later!!) we got ourselves out onto the bank!!
    At 10.25pm we left for Sven’s bday party only to be stranded when a tram derailed.
    Steve cycled home and rescued us and walked us to the poshest party with the most talented group of people we could encounter. We had entertainment at professional level.
    Now on last tram home again...2.02!!
    This holiday is going to kill us ps the house where the party was has its own tunnel!!
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  • Day36

    Gent (Ghent), Belgium

    June 27 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today is our last riding day! We rode from Dendermonde to the old city centre of Ghent, about 43kms,  where we locked up our bikes and walked around the old town for about three hours.
    Ghent is a port city at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages it was a prominent city-state. Today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized centre is known for medieval architecture such as 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbour.
    Our three hours disappeared - there was so much to take in. We did, however, make time to enjoy a piece of warm apple pie and cream which is a specialty in Belgium - it was delicious!
    We then rode a further 7kms to the boat where we said goodbye to the bikes that had taken us on this journey - some 260kms over the past 6 days. I will miss the riding and camaraderie but perhaps not the aching backside!
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  • Day4

    Entspannter Tag

    June 3 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Es wurden dann doch 61 km, aber sehr entspannt und viel Zeit für Gent. Eine wirklich sehr schöne Stadt, die man unbedingt besuchen sollte. Geiles Bier und unglaubliche Frittenvariationen. Habe eine sehr schöne Unterkunft und bin schon auf die morgigen 100 km gespannt.

  • Day25

    A famous actress and a Cosmopolitan.

    July 26 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    We started the day with 2 breakfasts and a Cosmopolitan cocktail at 11am!
    First brekkie was with Hendrik and Stefan followed by a second breakfast with Inga, Tom and Violet, a 23yr old actress who has just made a 4 page article in Elle magazine next to Miley Cyrus!!
    This was followed by an afternoon at the river swimming off the cocktails, chips and gravy for dinner and our last night at the Ghent Festival- another 2 am night... maybe our last one for a long while!!Read more

  • Day495

    Ghent

    November 3, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We'd heard good things about Ghent from Diderik, our WWOOF host and were looking forward to our visit. Leaving the van along with others on a spacious free car park next to a rowing club on the riverside we began walking the few kilometres in to town.

    From the student area, water polo court, kayak club and flats that looked like university accommodation we passed into a neighbourhood that seemed to have united behind a community campaign. More than a dozen houses displayed posters demanding a 30kmph speed limit and a change to the traffic circulation. After translating one we found it focussed on the thousands of vehicles that passed their houses every day. A lot of building and roadworks were taking place; grand old stone buildings with arched windows and embelished facades were mixed in with popup flat roofed concrete boxes with no character.

    Even in the suburbs bicycles were well provided for with quality bike lanes. Cyclists and parked bikes increased the closer we got to the centre and it made a difference on the roads. Like Brugge, Ghent's canals were alive with heavily laden tourist barges offering a different perspective on the city. We like the feeling these waterways give a city centre, breaking up the slick of concrete and high rise blocks. Old stone bridges arched over these canals, and as the sun was high, many of those cast with shadow appeared in black and white, as if watching a movie of years gone by.

    Our first stop was Vrijdagmarkt square where a Friday market was still held. Vicky picked up an 'appelflap' pastry and Will a pot of cooked snails in a spicy celery sauce. Despite it being crowded here in the centre, it wasn't particularly noisy. Café tables lined many a cobbled street with people sitting quietly sipping hot drinks.

    Making our way towards Avalon, a vegetarian restaurant, we passed Ghent's well maintained but small castle. Unfortunately Avalon had a sign in its window stating it had 'closed forever' so we chose a frituur and had fries for lunch instead; it is Belgium after all! We later discovered the vegetarian restaurant was running on site at the farm where the food for all its dishes is grown!

    When working at De Woudezel, our host's friend Stoffel had brought round cheese from the small organic cheese co-operative he worked for. It was real quality produce and we'd resolved to visit their base in Ghent to get some for ourselves. On the way we came accross an alley that had been given over to graffiti. A group of young men seemed to be trying to film a rap video but we were just two of the many people they politely encouraged to walk past them. The street just looked too interesting for inquisitive tourists to leave it alone for too long! The day turned into a culinary tour of Ghent when we were lured down yet another interesting side street; this one strung with colourful bunting. Down here we found Mie Vie; a vegan café. Deciding to make up for the closed veggie restaurant, we ordered tea and fruits of the forest muffins which turned out to be some of the best we've eaten. The atmosphere was chilled and we enjoyed relaxing before setting off once again towards the cheese shop.

    Het Hinkelspel was a kilometre or so out of town in a factory building adjacent to a canal. From the road we could see large cheese rounds maturing on shelves and stepping inside, the shop just blew us away; we'd never seen so much artisan cheese! We explained that Stoffel had brought cheese to the farm and we'd liked it so much we'd come to buy some of our own. Ordering Vicky's favourite white cheese and some smoked with seaweed in, we asked for blue and were given tasters of the 8 week old, then the 8 month mature. Both were gorgeous but the older one was so rich and creamy we decided to get a big chunk. To our surprise, the person serving added a good sized end of the smoked cheese to our growing pile. We'd already picked up some local honey but asked if there was a nice dry red wine. They had two, but drew our attention to the 8% ale they had designed to compliment their cheeses. It was a no-brainer, all that was to be decided was what size bottles to get. The person serving suggested we take a couple of small ones from the fridge to have straight away but Vicky wanted to wait until we were back to drink them. Will fancied a bench picnic, but we went for 2 large bottles in the end. We paid and were on our way out when the person serving grabbed a chilled bottle and handed it to us "here, just in case you do find a bench somewhere!".

    We were grinning from ear to ear as we left. This Organic Co-Operative is just the kind of business we like to support. Its products speak for themselves and it is ethically aware, but on top of all this we were given an wonderful experience as customers, not to mention the much appreciated freebies!

    It had been a full day in a fun city with a progressive vibe. We were both tired but happy when we returned to the van, so instead of cooking, we did as the locals were doing and visited the frite cabin at the far end of the car park for a veggie burger and shared bag of fries. There were even some left over for Poppy!
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  • Day44

    Wo gibts hier ne Toilette!?

    June 13 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Wir sind in Belgien!
    Unsere Morgenroutine war geprägt durch das finden einer Toilette. (Im Bild 1 das Kunstprojekt zum Thema. Die Baubewilligung fürs WC fehlte, daher gibts jetzt Kunst inkl. Toilette... sneaky Belgier)
    Der WC-Drang hat uns trotz Regenwetter jeweils schnell ins schöne Gent aufbrechen lassen. Und wir wurden mit gutem Essen, schönem Gent und (Stark-)Bier belohnt.Read more

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