In order to get my visa, I had to get a checkup to make sure I wasn't choc-full of diseases. When I told my doctor where I was going, he had only one thing to say to me: visit Bruges! And doctors can't be wrong can they?!
|For Dad: Bruges wasn't full of bikes like Amsterdam is (that might be because it was freezing),|
but there were bike lanes everywhere, including lots of contraflow lanes like this one .
|The Markt, i.e. the big square downtown.|
In my opinion, the absolute coolest thing in the city. Bruges is known for its crocheted lace, and this was a ten foot tall map of the city made out of crocheted lace! It is so detailed it even includes street names. I was blown away by it.
|If you have good eyes you can see that behind the map is a canal, and across the canal a row of brick houses.|
We stopped for fries and beers at a nice restaurant near a thrift store that we spent a good amount of time perusing.
Trying on hats and looking at pretty birds in the thrift shop. I bough a Mickey/Minnie Mouse pillow, Kaan got a scarf because he was so cold.
|Terrible picture, but these little birds had such colorful chests, I especially|
loved the teal chested one on the left.
We saw this house and decided we wanted to live here one day:
|In our future neighborhood people park their bikes on the street and leave|
them there all day.
|Like I did in Davis, CA, modelling the width of a street using my body|
|We needed two more people to achieve victory!|
|Giving a rousing speech from 50 feet up|
|This house was just like the house from Death of a |
Salesman and I loved it.
|Freshly made in front of us. I got chocolate all over my beard and somehow|
a bit ended up up by my ear.
|Kaan enjoyed his too|
|Italian sized coffee|
|Some people were fed up with my camera by the end of the day|
|Rapunzel's twin brother, Bropunzel?|
|I regret not trying one of these chocolate covered oranges.|
|Completely by chance, after taking about four wrong turns, Canada and I stumbled upon this beauty.|
I came home 40 euros poorer, but with quite the haul.
|Postcards, shoes, incense (don't ask, Canada's fault), a pillow, two things for |
my key chain, and a pint of delicious cider.
I got home just in time for the perfect end to the perfect day: the first Spring Training game, on mlb.tv thanks to Salim and Katrina!