Belgium Equals Bricks

Really, I have never seen so many bricks! And not your regular bricks but these tiny tiny teeny ones. So far, I have visited Brugge and Ghent. Today, we will sight-see Brussels and tomorrow, I will fly back to Switzerland.

Laura and her family have been so sweet to me. Speaking of sweet, my very first Belgian experience after arriving was being driven to one of the world’s largest chocolate factories. It was 9 or 10pm and all we did was park outside and sniff. I kid you not, that’s all that was required. We didn’t have to taste any. We didn’t have to go in. For I have never ever smelt anything so sweet and delicious. If only you were there. #chocolateminusthecalories

Last night, I found myself feeling homesick again. I messaged my mom and called my special friend and then I felt better. Though I couldn’t quite articulate my homesickness. I don’t know, something to do with continously being on the move. Though these days, every day is literally an exciting adventure, I still find myself longing for familiarity and routine. You know when you go on a holiday and nearing the end of it, you kinda can’t wait to go home and get back into the everyday? Well, it’s kinda sorta exactly like that except I’ve been travelling for 2 years (hehe). Yeah yeah I know, first world problems.

This morning, I came across a Simon de Beauvoir quote which perfectly describes it, this feeling of contradiction: “I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger”

Behold, the bricks:
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18 comments

  1. I would’ve did the chocaholic thing and eaten it instead of either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Did you know that there are these strange studies saying that even sniffing fattening foods can put on calories??? I don’t know… I think even LOOKING at high-cal foods does it, for me… Hope you’re enjoying the experiences — do it while you’re able and young…

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  2. Coincidence, I was in Bruge at the same time heading to tour the Fields of Flanders and the WWI battlefields.
    My impression of Bruges was bikes, bikes everywhere, ridden by the old, the young, students going to class, men and women going to work. Bikes big and small, bikes with babes in specially built carriers.
    What a wonderful way to get about.

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