40 Things I learned by travelling Belgium

Today I don’t feel like translating my thoughts into German. That’s why this article will be in English. I am travelling through a country where I mainly communicate in English. The conversations in the car with Des are in English. The friends I visit over here communicate with me in English. My brain works in English. And I am too lazy to translate that today. If you struggle with understanding sentences, either Google it or ignore this article.
Today I write about the things Des and I learned on our road trip through Belgium.

1) Never order „French fries“ in a restaurant in Belgium. The Belgians will get very upset, because they invented the fries, but the French claimed it.
2) Belgium is famous for their beer (you can find shops with more than 750 different beers), their chocolate and the „belgian“ fries. And as well for their waffles, they are amazing!
3) You can loose your earring in the wind in Oostende (Belgian city)
4) The Belgians don’t like the way I pronounce their cities.
5) French speaking Belgians are as grumpy as the French from France.
6) The Belgians love street lights. Also on the highway.
7) Belgian street lights are the reason why you can see the earth from the Mars by night.
8) In Belgium you need sunglasses as well at night because of the bright street lights.
9) Trucks always drive between you and the sign, so that you can’t read the sign.
10) The Belgians don’t like speed limit signs.
11) There are no parking spots in whole Oostende.
12) Brugge has the most beautiful little houses in the world. (Brugge is UNESCO world heritage)
13) In Belgium, sushi always gets served in a boot. Always! It looks amazing. And I love it.
14) Everything is closed on Mondays.
15) The Belgians hate cleaning windows.
16) 100 Euros for two nights for two people in Oostende is apparently very cheep.
17) A drive of an hour is a very long drive for Belgians.
18) Belgium is a very tiny country. It is as big as Lesotho. So it’s very small.
19) The Belgians can’t imagine it, that we drove all the way from Germany without a GPS. Only with my little notes.
20) The Belgians don’t travel their own country, because everything is so far.
21) The Belgians call a Café a „tearoom“.
22) There is no alcohol in waffles.
23) 75 percent of the people from Brussel speak French.
24) Don’t speed in Belgium. They have speeding cameras everywhere. They have more speeding cameras than all the other European companys together.
25) There are unbelievable incredible lot of bicycles in Gent.
26) Brussels has more bridges than whole Africa.
27) Brussels has ginormous buildings.
28) It’s not recommended to joke about a bomb in Brussels.
29) There are more Policeman and Military guys standing around in Brussels than in whole Germany.
30) I cannot deal with the ticket system of the public transport in Brussels. It totally confuses me.
31) Belgians love snow flake signs.
32) The Belgians are very optimistic about the fact that it’s gonna snow in Belgium.
33) The Belgians are very excited when the sun shines. Because that is something very special for them.
34) Apparently I can’t pass security checks in Brussels.
35) The Belgians talk the whole time on their radio stations.
36) Belgian dogs are ugly. (Beside Marie’s dog)
37) The Belgians serve drinks always with crackers. Always. Even a juice.
38) It does snow in Brussels. I saw it. It was definitely snow!
39) Belgians are very optimistic people.
40) Belgium is worth to be travelled.

Belgium seen through the eyes of Des and Anne:

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Our GPS, post-its on the dashboard which I prepared at home

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Snow in Belgium

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Oostende

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Our GPS in cities: „There is a church, there will be the centre of town – let’s go that way!“

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Beautiful Brugge (UNESCO world heritage)

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Sushi served in wooden boats. I love it. This has style!

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Des and me on city trips

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Me with my new camera.

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