This is sort of a long story but bear with me! When we were in Amsterdam, I got our dates mixed up and we ended up having to stay one night in an Airbnb. So, when we were leaving said Airbnb we accidentally locked our big suit case inside. Our bus was leaving in 40 minutes and it took at least 30 minutes to get to the bus station. We knew we had to call our host to unlock the door, he said “I’ll be there in 20 minutes”. In turn, we missed our bus by 10 minutes and the next bus wasn’t for another 4 hours. Things like this happen all the time while traveling and if we have learned anything it would be to just roll with it. We booked the next bus and sat in Starbucks while we waited. At the bus stop we met a girl named Mai. We got to talking and ended up becoming friends! She invited us out for drinks the next day in Brussels.
Fast forward to the next day and we woke up in the amazing Hilton Brussels Grand Place, had a yummy breakfast and started our walk around the city! The day before was long and stressful so we decided to take the day slow. We walked around the city center, grabbed lunch and then needed a nap. (I know, we have sooooo much energy, lol). That night we went out with Mai and her boyfriend. We started with drinks, then they took us to get Belgium fries and other popular street food. It was soooooo good! We then walked around the beautifully light up city center. We ended up at the statue of the little boy peeing! lol. It is so much smaller in real life! Seriously, the thing is about a foot and a half tall! After that they showed us the statute of the little girl peeing. (It’s tiny too!) Lastly, we went out to a bar called Delirium! Which is famous for having over 2,000 types of beers! We had so much fun with our new friends, we love meeting new people especially from different countries. They taught us so much more than we could ever learn about Brussels ourselves. Meeting people is probably one of the best parts about traveling.
With Love, Elizabeth Ashley
*This post was kindly sponsored by Hilton Brussels Grand Place, all opinions are my own 🙂