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Brussels, Belgium, a review

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 13, 2008 in Commentary

Sean and I in front of the famed Mannekin Pis statue in Brussels, Belgium on Oct. 11.

Brussels wasn’t the first city in its own country - Brughes, Ghent and Ypres were hopping by the 14th century - but at one million strong, it is the modern jewel of Belgium.

Still, it is often called a stop-over. It’s a major hub of transit lines destined north through Amsterdam and south through Paris. We were told that it is boring and without sights to be had. A handful of young, haggard Australian 20-something travelers had Brussels as a resting stop - a few nights of drinking beer and resting for more worthwhile adventure.

Bollox.

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Review: London, England

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 10, 2008 in Commentary

We’re lagging a bit, considering we’re leaving Amsterdam, but we wanted to review some of our experiences from London.

As far as foreign cities go, London likely takes the least amount of adjusting.  America’s former colonizer and longtime ally definitely has its own character and unique way of doing things, but compared to, say, the Eastern part of the continent, the US and UK are as similar as two countries can be with an ocean separating them.  The adjustments you would have to make are small, and most cultural differences are trivial at worst, and hilarious at best (just ask Chris).  Of course, most people that visit England will come talking about accents and remarking about these subtle differences.  But while the cutesy juxtapositions of cultures is reason enough to explore the city, there is lot more to this trip.

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