Waking up after another long day on my feet I found my body rebelling against me. It didn’t want to wake, my feet ached and I had a longing to be sitting on the couch at home watching TV.
I knew I couldn’t have my couch so I improvised and settled on my dorm bed. Over the next 3-4 hours I caught up on the happenings of the internet while downloading some of my favourite TV shows. Some days you just want to put your feet up and do nothing, and this was one of those days.
Laying there on my bed while my final full day in Brussels passed away I was aware I wanted to rest but was also wasting away perfect sight seeing hours, especially since the weather was still good. So after 3-4 hours of ME time I set out to see the town and make sure I could catch a train the next day to Amsterdam.
Getting lost as usual from my hostel I eventually stumbled upon the town square and the beautiful buildings that surround it. Starting with the City Museum I discovered Mannequin Pis and his grand collection of outfits. He is of course a famous Brussels landmark so naturally my next stop was to find the little fellow in the streets.
Along the course of finding Mannequin Pis I stopped to sink my teeth into a waffle. To say it was delicious wouldn’t do it justice, so I just had to have a second one as after all I was in Belgium.
Moving on from my waffle pig out I found Mannequin Pis and the huge crowd that had gathered to see him. I know having seen his outfits I should have expected him to be small but still on first sight I was like, oh is that all of him.
By now I’d walked my fair share of streets and seen some sights so it was time to fill up on a couple of lovely Belgian beers. I stopped off at Moeder Lambic where they say your best to tell the bar staff what sort of beer you like and let them choose the liquid to wet your lips. They did a pretty good job of finding me some tasty beers and it was nice to just sit outside and people watch while I drank.
My final stop for the day was to get me some Frittes with mayo. Now I was skeptical on just how good this could be, I mean chips and tomato sauce (thats ketchup to you non-australians) is pretty freaking good. To make the choice easy for the rest of you I’ll now be ordering mayo with all of my chips whenever possible, very awesome.
As the day drew to a close and me feeling rather happy about my little sight seeing trip I strolled back to the hostel to pack for my early train ride to Amsterdam the next day.
When I first started planning my trip I had never intended to stop in Belgium, but now I’m glad I did. I made a new friend and while the stop was only short it does mean I have plenty of reasons to return.