As a blogger who posts a lot of travel photos (the 21st Century equivalent of forcing your friends to watch your vacation slideshow) and vegan recipes (who doesn’t love those?), I am clearly quite in tune with the kinds of things that excite the interests of the public. So heed my warning here: If you are not a fellow geek or at least geek-friendly, then this will hold no interest for you. This is all about Doctor Who, the most amazing science fiction franchise of all time. Suck it, Star Trek!
The week prior to Halloween, my partner and I discovered there is an amusement park outside of Brussels called Walibi. The park was having a Halloween celebration, complete with zombies and “haunted” houses. We are both roller coaster fanatics; he has an appreciation for zombies and all things Halloween, so we couldn’t resist. It was also another excuse to get out and see more of Belgium. As an added bonus, half of a couple we have befriended here used to live in Brussels. They agreed not only to accompany us and show us around the city, but to drive as well. This trip was fairly impromptu, and–as a result–our goal was to have more of a relaxed exploration of the city. And also to drink beer.
For a year now, we have been just a few short hours away from some stunning Belgian cities (and even more stunning Belgian beer). However, I am ashamed to say that–other than a short stopover on our way to London last Christmas season and a few trips to Arlon for their Ikea–we haven’t really explored Belgium. So this past month, we began to rectify that, starting with a leisurely train ride and a long weekend stay in Ghent. The stay was originally to have included Bruges as well, but we ended up liking Ghent so much that we spent our entire weekend there. Those considering less obvious European travel destinations may want to give it a try; it has the culture, the castles, and the cathedrals. It has a 12th Century abbey. And did I mention the beer?
Sometimes I forget that I’m no longer a competitive debater (a high school activity I adored, but which sadly ended more than 20 years ago), and will spend more time than I care to admit engaging with total strangers about random topics (usually about religion, politics, or cooking). As a self-involved blogger, I sometimes find it necessary to post some of my rants here. Go me.