We made it to Belgium. After a miserable nights sleep at the tent village of Balmers, we woke up and caught the 10:30 train to Brussels. On our first train we met a kook from Utah...nice guy, but a little off. When we transferred trains in Basel we met two more really nice guys, Gilbert and Juan. We talked with Gilbert for about an hour then he went and sat down away from us...and for the rest of the trip we talked with Juan. He was very well educated and knowledgable about the areas we were going through and Europe in general. We had a great time talking to him.
When we finally arrived in Brussels we made our way to our hotel to put our bags down so we could explore the city a little bit and get some much needed food. We thought we were staying in a hostel, but it is a hotel that overlooks the square...we have already seen one fight and a bunch of cops arresting some bums at different times of the night...but it is really cool here. We walked around a bit and found a store called 250 beers...Danny had to buy one...it was quite tasty. Apparently Belgium brews about 450 different beers and they all have to be served in their own glasses, pretty cool! After the beer we found a small Italian restaurant on the side of Grand Place that turned out to be very good. We do not know what traditional Belgium food is...besides waffles and chocolate. And Leigh had to have some real Belgium chocolate...so we walked into the countless numbers of chocolate shops until we found something we liked. After dinner and chocolate we found the internet cafe...but did not bring any money with us and there were no ATMs to be found so we just headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest.
Today we are planning to explore Brussels and possibly stop by delerium-a bar with about 2000 different types of beers to try...it will be very exciting. We will update the blog again tonight after our day of exploration...sorry if anyone was worried about yesterday, but we are safe:)And we hope everyone had a great 4th of July.