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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Brussels - Day 1

I was greeted outside by Marc (one of the owners) who was in the middle of helping one of his neighbour. It gave me time to look at the sign and chuckle to myself and then get disgusted at the whole idea.

Soon enough Marc showed me inside and as it happens, my room is on the 3rd floor (or is it 4th just depends on how you count floors). Leaving my bags at the ground floor I begin my trek up the "stairs."

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The stairs are more ladder like in appearance, steep and narrow with varying heights and widths. I'm not too fond of stairs at the best of times but I'm going to have to take these ones carefully. Marc and Theo very kindly lug my bags up to my room - I hope they don't get hernias - I'm just really pleased that I didn't have to do it!

My room is quite swish - but it has one of the tiniest bathrooms I've ever seen. There are two double doors that open up and overlook the cobbled road.

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The best part of this room is it's wireless internet and it's working wonderfully - oh how I have missed my internet. At last I'm able to have some longer chats (using Apple Ichat) and also begin to upload the photos onto my home computer. It's really nice to be able to share the experience of what I've been doing and seeing.

Unfortunately I encounter one problem, it seems that the power points are different in brussels and as such, I can't use the adapters I've brought along with me. At this point it also decides to rain and rain heavily - so I get absolutely soaked. I do manage to find one, though I had to ask at the tourist information centre to find out where they are sold. Naturally enough, it also stops raining when I return from my trip.

From my brief trips outside today I have to say that the Grote Markt or Grand Place (it's the market square) has got to be one of the most beautiful squares I've ever seen. It's in such magnificent condition - it's like going back 400 years. The only photos I have today are from the cameraphone and they don't do justice to it's beauty. I'll remedy that situation tomorrow!


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