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April’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 01 Dec 2005

Location: Gent, Belgium

MapOk - this is just a quick update on what's been happening in the last week or so....

Well, after I got back from Italy I spent two fabulous days with Ida in Brussels. My grandparents met Ida on a holiday in Tasmania, and Ida offered to show me around Brussels. What a historian! I learnt SO much, and (despite the 2 degree touring weather) saw every inch of Brussels in a way I doubt anyone else could! Ida took me to a beautiful restaurant, and kindly translated every item on the menu from French to English, and even took me on the 'hop on hop off' bus tour around Brussels. It was such a great experience that I will never forget, thanks to an amazing lady.

Since then I have kind of overcome my excitement about the snow - seeing as it has almost all melted, and I am grateful everyday for my giant pink uggboots that yes - even though it is a fashion faux-pas to wear them outside - are my best friends! Sooo warm. AND the Italians have finally accepted my 'snow boots' now that it has actually snowed :)

Speaking of my bella Italiano amici's, I went over there the other day and some of Francesca's friends had come over from Rome to visit and brought me a coffee maker!! I am SO excited to make coffee like they do - it is so good. Thanks guys! Francesca also made delicious butterfly pasta and then the Romans came over and we played drinking games with WINE! Note the difference between Romans and Sicilians... It was sooo funny - 8 Italians and me. Guess who was the odd one out? I still held my own...

Gina and I also spent the day in Antwerp on Sunday which was cool. We went out for a nice lunch then wandered into the Jewish quarters in search of bagels. We found some only to discover they were bread rolls after we'd bought them :( We spent the afternoon in the (freezing) Fine Art museum, filled with Belgium's most famous artists Rubens, Van Dyck, Rene Margritte, Jordaens and Brueghel and some other less important artists like Van Gogh. It was very cool to see those works close up, but unfortunately we had to run through the galleries that weren't heated!! It was FREEZING!!

Other than that, my week has been rather frustrating, because the semester is coming to a close and anyone who has known me at University, knows how annoyed I become waiting to do exams! I don't even know when they are scheduled yet either-my poor housemates! I just can't wait til I am finished! I can't believe this is the final semester of my law degree....