Well I’m about finished with my first week in Europe, and it has been amazing! So here’s a recap:
Everything went really smoothly Monday—as in my car didn’t start when we got ready to head to the airport, a thirty minute to an hour flight delay then another hour sitting on the plane waiting for them to fix another problem (Nap time!). However, we eventually crossed the Atlantic and landed in Brussels on Tuesday morning (Belgium time)…
…At which point we discover (after waiting by the luggage carousel forever) that the luggage of one of the people in our group was placed on a later flight to Brussels. Party time in the Brussels airport! – or maybe 30 students dead tired after barely sleeping on a plane and looking at a bright new morning that just happens to come at the same time as their normal bed time. Finally, we caught a train to Leuven and then Verviers (I slept). We then lugged all of our luggage on a fifteen minute trek through the wonderful city of Verviers, Belgium. No, locals did not at all look weirdly at the group of 30+ Americans carrying humongous bags and backpacks through the streets of their city looking completely lost and playing follow the leader through traffic. I’m sure they get that kind of stuff every day, right?
Well after coming to our wonderful facility at the local church of Christ (Eglise du Christ!) we unpacked and then went out for lunch: a pizzeria that stayed open like 2 hours later after our normal reservation time which got messed up by all the delays, just because they are that cool! They served us a variety of weirdly tasty pizza. French Fry pizza, anyone? And then they brought more. And we would finish it off. And they would bring out 3 more pans. And we ate them. We couldn’t be impolite after all. And they brought out more…
We went on a short tour of the city after that, and then went over some rules and procedures at the facility, followed by a Belgium soup dinner complete with baguettes. Then we turned in for an early night.
So Wednesday was My Great Big Adventure Through Verviers To The Top Of The City And Out To The Sheep And Horses To The Point Where The Road Became Unpaved. Don’t worry, I’ll explain more later.
Thursday was Aachen, Germany. First Group travel!! We explored the city, saw the amazing cathedral, and ate ridiculously good food. But again, more on that later!
Friday (today) consists of only classes (Oh wait, I have to do school in Europe??).
Anyways, now you are caught up!