Two weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to Paris. There was this deal for a train ride from Brussels for only €11 in January. Crazy good deal, I tell you, for a train ride (trains are usually really expensive, €70+). Paris is about 2.5 hours by train from Brussels, not too bad, so I jumped on the deal and decided I’d visit my lovely Canadian friend, Kate, for a night. That’s the great thing about Europe; you go in any direction for only a few hours and you’re in another country. Belgium particularly because it’s so tiny.
So a week later I packed my bags and started my journey from little Deinze to Brussels. Getting to the train station, I ended up having to pay €11.60 for the hour long ride to Brussels. How hilarious is that? More expensive than my ride to Paris.
I arrived to the station in Brussels, quickly realized I had mixed up my train times and my train had left hours ago (this is normal for me, there’s nothing I love more than wasting time and money), sat around for ten minutes trying to figure out a game plan, and managed to find a Eurobus for €15 that arrived around 6:30pm (original arrival was 3:30pm I thought, actually it was 1pm). A painful 4.5 hours later, I managed to get to Paris, but with a bit less time than I had wanted.
Regardless, Kate and I had a lovely evening out and the next morning I got to eat all of the croissants I could dream of (one because they’re actually REALLY big there). We spent the morning walking around and sightseeing for the most part, but our main goal was to take some nice photos of each other, and I think we more-or-less accomplished that. By noon we had to stop though because it was already time for me to go home.
We made it to the station in time for my train, said our goodbyes, I collected some stuff from her that she had of mine, and off I went. The train ride was really comfortable in comparison to that Eurobus, I must say, so I would recommend it to anyone travelling from Brussels to Paris. IZY by Thalys, google it if you’re planning that particular trip.
So that was the end of my short-but-sweet time in Paris, a total of 19 hours.
After Paris, Harry and I decided to make some official plans and book our trip to Asia. At the end of February we will be flying to India, then Nepal, Myanmar, and Malaysia. I’ve already done India, Nepal, and Malaysia, but I am quite keen on doing India again because I missed out on a lot on my last trip, and Nepal is just so beautiful with the Himalayas. I’m really missing some good mountains in Belgium so it will be a great trip I think. This solves my 3 month visa problem, so after three months we will return to Belgium and be able to do another three months before embarking on our next journey to Australia and New Zealand. Exciting times!
Currently we have a good friend of ours over, Kate. But not the Canadian-in-Paris Kate, this is Australian Kate (we know a few Kates). She just got her working holiday visa for the UK and so she decided to come visit us before she started her new job. She was one of our original road trip members on my USA/Canada road trip (for those of you who remember I did that nearly 3 years ago). We’re going to go visit our other road trip friend, Mia, who was the one who came to visit Harry and I recently and is from Germany. So we will be doing another road trip together soon around some of Germany (yay).
Yesterday afternoon/evening we took Kate to the coast of Belgium because it was such a lovely day, and also to Bruges. We spent lots of time walking around and sightseeing, and it was really beautiful because there weren’t as many tourists this day (Monday) and we got to see it with all of the lights on at night. It was just so pretty.
Today will be Ghent, and in a couple days off to Germany, so more after that. ~~