This morning we took the train to Brussels. It was about a 40-minute ride to Central Station. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor. However, the excitement of the city was enough to distract us from the rain. We bundled up in rain jackets, hats, and gloves and hit the city. Once we reached Brussels, we were immediately on the lookout for famous Belgian chocolate. We were not disappointed :)
We then headed to the Cathedral. The church was an architectural masterpiece. The high ceilings and stained glass windows surrounded the many pews and beautiful altar. We walked through the church and then headed to get some lunch.
You can't be in Belgium and not have a Belgian waffle. For lunch, all 19 of us gathered around a small hole-in-the-wall waffle shop to enjoy an authentic delicacy. We had warm waffles with toppings such as Nutella, white chocolate, and various fruits. It was delicious! After lunch, we were treated with a demonstration of how some of the world's best chocolate is made. The entertaining chocolatier thoroughly explained the process of why their chocolate is just so good. Needless to say, our team had no problem sitting and listening to this type of lecture, especially since this class came with hot chocolate and free samples.
Just after we stuffed our faces, we went to watch the Red Bull GrandPrix. Some of you may have seen the Red Bull Races on some commercials or on youtube. We were lucky enough to witness the costumed drivers and carts in person. The raced their carts through the city in an attempt to get first place. After the races, we bought some souvenirs and then went to eat again. We're really good at that :)
Dinner was delicious! The food and service never disappoint! However, we did have one eventful moment at dinner. One of the players, who wishes to remain nameless, went to the restroom and failed to come back for an extended period of time. While the group was enjoying delectable appetizers, our anonymous player, who's name rhymes with Mate Flomburg :), managed to lock herself in the bathroom. Lucky for "Mate", Ali was there to come to her rescue.
The rest of the evening was pleasantly uneventful. We enjoyed our delicious dinner and then took the train back to the hotel to Charleroi. Everyone made it safe and sound. We are looking forward to heading to Paris in the morning and all that it will bring.
Au Revoir for now!
By Ali Skayhan
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