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We’re in Belgium!

June 15, 2009
Okay, so I have internet right now, and it’s FREE!! Amazing! It’s incredibly slow…but it’s free! πŸ™‚ And I have to sit here and charge my computer battery, so I guess it doesn’t matter if it’s slow or not. I was going to post from London last night, but my computer battery was dying and I couldn’t plug it in. 😦 My converter doesn’t have three holes in it, just two, so my laptop plug doesn’t fit. BUT our hotel here in Brussels is letting me borrow a converter. (I haven’t been able to find one to buy yet.) So I am sitting in the hotel lobby, with a family from our trip (they are from Florida). We have met so many nice people. We met some people from Australia and made friends with them today on the ferry over to Calais, and then found out that we weren’t on the same tour, so we were all kinda sad. But we have been hanging out with Lan, who is Chinese and from Scotland, and with Lizanne who is from South Africa, but living in the UK for two years. (They are both traveling alone, so they kinda bonded with us and now we do things as a foursome.) We also just met um…I forget her name, she’s from India and her 3 traveling companions weren’t able to get visas (after they had already paid for the tour) so last minute they couldn’t come and she is all alone. Anyways…our tour director is really great, I really like her! She’s from Holland.

Okay, let’s see…yesterday we went to the Metropolitan Tabernacle Baptist Church for church. I had thought the service was at 10 so we left our hotel and took the tube down there (into the ghetto!) and we got there a little after 10. But the service wasn’t till 11, so we were early! πŸ™‚ We walked around a bit, but there wasn’t much to see there. The service was really interesting! It was so formal! In a way it was nice, people would come in (and be escorted in by the ushers that they call “Stewards”) and then they would sit down and just start reading their Bibles, not really any talking. Anyways, the whole thing was interesting. They sing really boring songs, lol. And they are written in the hymnal like Psalms, with no music written out, so we kinda just had to follow everyone else. But the songs pretty much all sounded the same so the only thing I guess we really had to follow was when they would stand to sing. The organ music would just start and everyone would stay seated until they started to actually sing the words and then they would all just stand up all at once. Sorry, I am REALLY sleepy so this might not be making much sense. I have not been sleeping well at all on the trip so I am sleepy all the time. But I kinda expected that. It’s 10:30 PM right now I think and Melinda has our only hotel key, and she’s IN the room. So I hope they will give me another key so I can get in. I am really tired, but I am guessing I will go up there and just lie wide awake, so I might as well post while I know I have internet. πŸ™‚ Sorry, I might not post too many pics since they seem to really slow down the internet!

Our Channel crossing was really nice since we got to see the “White Cliffs of Dover.” That was fun, I had always wanted to see them! There is a castle at the top, I don’t know the name of it though. I think some of the others (including Melinda) got a bit seasick after a while, but the medicine I took for the bus ride must have helped since I didn’t ever really feel sick. It was a bit hard to walk straight on the ferry at times, but I didn’t really feel sick. We all just sat at the front of the ferry (the girls I mentioned earlier and the two Aussies) and talked and got to know each other. That was fun.

Hmmm, oh, I ended up not going to the Shakespeare play last night. I was just SO tired and the thought of sitting through a Shakespeare play was more than I could endure at that point. I had already bought my ticket, so oh well, I just lost the money. But I figured it’s only 24? dollars and sleep sounds better. So I went back to the hotel after the British museum (which was INSANELY AMAZING!!!! more about that later) and Melinda went on to the Globe.

The British Museum has mummies, the Rosetta stone, and tons of incredibly old statues and busts. I was running my fingers over them (didn’t see any signs forbidding that) and it was just amazing to think of how old it all was. That was just an amazing museum. I had heard that it was incredible (and it’s free!) and it really was!

Anyways…I love London! It is just the most amazing city ever. I think it is my favorite city in the world. At least my favorite big city. Haven’t been to Paris yet, but I can’t imagine liking it better than London. Last time I was in London, I didn’t see a lot of the big things, so we did a lot of that this time. Things like the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge (which is so pretty!), Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, etc.

Okay, so I didn’t write much the first day, but the whole hair cutting experience was just really great. I mean, my hair looks really silly now (curly) but I don’t want to spend the time on this tour straightening it so I am going to let it just do it’s own thing. But as far as meeting David and all that…he was just so nice! If you could call a guy “sweet” that would be him.

Anyways, I am not sure how often I will have internet, but I will try to post when I can since it’s so much easier than emailing everyone individually! πŸ™‚ Tomorrow we head to Germany, and I am really excited about that! We are taking a cruise down the Rhine and I have heard that there are amazing castles along the river, and on islands in the middle of the river. Sounds exciting. πŸ™‚

Okay..I tried to try “pomme frites” here in Brussels, but I couldn’t find any that looked like the pictures I had found on the internet. 😦 They all just looked and tasted like normal fries…We looked everywhere and finally gave up. I did eat fries, or pomme frites as they call them, but they were just normal. We DID eat a Belgian Waffle though with cream, strawberries and chocolate and it was AMAZING!!! πŸ™‚ Yum!

Okay, sorry this is all disjointed, I am trying to hurry and falling asleep at the same time.Β  We’ll see if I can put up some pics…

Tower of London

Tower of London

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In front of the Tower Bridge

Big Ben

Big Ben

Us on the Subway in London

On the subway

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We were told this is the Eiffel Tower of Belgium. It’s called the Atom something or other….

Mummies in the British Museum

Mummies in the British Museum

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We ate one of these! πŸ™‚

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Us with some of our new friends, Lan and Lizanne in Brussels. As you can see, the curly do isn’t working so far. It kinda just sticks out all over the place, it’s pretty bad. But oh well. πŸ™‚ I am just avoiding pics as much as I can. I hope these pics will show up for you…it’s kinda being weird so…I am trying though!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Becka permalink
    June 15, 2009 1:51 pm

    Wow, sounds like so much fun! I absolutely adore your hair. I’d like to see it curly too – I bet it’s REALLY curly. lol Thanks for the update. Hopefully you can update again.

  2. Miriam permalink
    June 15, 2009 11:06 pm

    I am soo jealous!! πŸ™‚ It sounds your having alot of fun!! Tell Melinda hello for me.:)

  3. jaynepomuceno permalink
    June 16, 2009 9:18 pm

    Did those waffles taste as good as they look?

  4. jenmarie permalink*
    June 17, 2009 1:02 pm

    Yes, it’s been fun! πŸ™‚ I told Melinda hi. πŸ™‚
    And YES, the waffles were amazing! I had chocolate all over my fingers, lol. πŸ™‚

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