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    • Day 6

      Day 4 - Ruiselede/Banana Peel

      October 8, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Today was absolutely amazing. We drove several hours to get to Belgium and got to the place we stayed. It was a bed and breakfast by a farm in Belgium. Very remote. We all got our own room.

      We went to the venue which was in an old pig farm. Everyone was incredibly nice. They had us drive out to a local restaurant where they made us an appetizer, soup, chicken and Belgian fries, and a pastry with coffee. They also gave us random gummy candy.

      After we played the gig to a full house. It was incredible how packed it was. We had our own room and got to sign the wall where so many people have signed. Lots of people brought things for us to sign and I even had a person ask to take a picture with me.

      On the drive back we found out they all do it for free. All volunteers. Everyone there was incredibly nice and I hope to go back soon. They said I might have been the youngest person to ever play there.

      When we got back I went into bed and watched TV. Such a great day.
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    • Bruges - day 34

      May 15, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      Had a lovely day today. So nice in the morning that I even went to the shower just in my nightie and jandals – has been way too cold for that for the last couple of weeks. We were off on our bikes around 10.30, and in the Orange store for a new SIM for Jody – her phone has been eating data. So we biked into the main square and it was such a change from last night – people everywhere! We locked our bikes up, and then went off walking. There was a main market in the square today, and we had not had breakfast on purpose. So we visited the meat vendor, and tried chicken, bacon, and some chicken sausage wrapped in bacon. I was surprised at the cost of the raspberries for 5 euro, then I realised it was 5 punnets for 3 euro. I really had to restrain myself to only buy 5 punnets, and not to buy any blueberries. I did get half a kg of cherries tho for 4 euro. I also had some small waffle things which came with a chocolate sauce. I put some of my raspberries on them which was much nicer. I tried to convince the shop owner that she was missing out on an opportunity adding fruit when it was so cheap but she w didn't think so. Then we went off to see the shops which were pretty cool – just so many chocolate shops, I bought something at about 5 of them. I also introduced Jody to a Kipling shop – she now has 2 more bags.

      After traipsing around for quite a long time, we decided to do a river cruise. This took 30 minutes, and we took some cool pics, as well as having the opportunity to sit down for a while! During the cruise Jody’s memory card on her camera was full, so we then went in search of another one. This took us to a different part of the city, and we saw a few more different shops – and chocolate shops. There was a really cool shop with lots of different figurines, some porcelain, lots of the 7 dwarves, and some really cool clocks. We also went into a shop that was just for tea, lots of lovely tea pots with unusual themes. We finally bought a tea strainer to try out our Dubai tea (the first one wasn’t very nice!).

      So then we were pretty tired, and had only had a late breakfast. We did want to try and proper big waffle, so went to a café and both had one. Mine had fruit, nuts, and chocolate sauce and was very nice. I did ruin it a bit by having a hot chocolate with creme. The creme was really cool, and I couldn’t cope with that so took it all out – it was still very sweet though and made me feel a bit sick. Then we picked up our bikes, and went for another ride around the city before going back to Nico. We have set alarms for 5.45 tomorrow, but still seem to have issues with going to bed before midnight.
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