Sometimes best laid plans just don’t work out. Sometimes, you just have to grin and bear it. Sometimes, you just have to roll with it. That’s what I kept telling myself about 9 days ago when I landed in Amsterdam for a business trip and hopped on a train to Brussels for the weekend, only to have my “very reliable, comfortable, high speed” train cancelled due to mechanical issues in the middle of the route. I found myself wandering around the train station in Rotterdam attempting to build a plan and eventually, I made it. I kept telling the attendant “Brussels, please!!!” and eventually they listened. Kind of. I found another train and sort of snuck onto it and arrived in Brussels Central Station about 2 hours after I had planned and on very little sleep the night before on the flight from Boston.
I was planning to explore the city on Friday, but work got in the way and I had to take a few calls and ended up working late. My adventures started Saturday after a phenomenal 12 hours of sleep! I couldn’t believe it. I still smile at the thought of that. :-) I did a bit of research before I left and identified a few highlights of the city that I’d like to see. Of course, my thoughts went immediately to beer and chocolate when I thought of Belgium. I mean, it’s Belgium!! Oh – and waffles! Thankfully, I was able to incorporate all three. The city square is gorgeous and I walked for hours that day seeing much of the city and even making my way into a fun musical instrument museum. I think the only thing I might change about that day would have been the outdoor temperatures. It was downright cold. Freezing, actually. I woke up on Sunday to a snow covered city.
I came home with a gazillion photos (well, not quite, but almost) and thought I’d share a few with all of you. If you have the opportunity to spend a day or two in Brussels, I’d recommend it. Enjoy!