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Waffeling in Beligum

After arriving in Belgium, I immediately started to feel ill. At about 8pm last night my whole body started to ache and i felt very tired. Since then I have been sleeping for close to 16 hours. When I went to sleep I had chills and by the middle of the night I was sweating. I feel much better now but my body is still sore and I haven’t eaten anything all day.

Getting to Brussels wasn’t a big deal. The taxi ride from my hotel to the train station was almost as much as the train ticket. One thing I have discovered is that you should never take a taxi in Western Europe. Never. Even a short trip can cost you $20-30. What I saved in my hotel by not being in the middle of Luxembourg was more than offset by the monopoly cost of food and transportation. Local buses didn’t go to the hotel, so if I wanted to take a bus I’d have to walk 2-3km with all my stuff to catch it.

I got off at the wrong station in Brussels so I was disorientated for a bit. I found the easiest solution was to just find a metro station and take the train to the closest metro stop. It was one of those situations where having an iPhone with GPS would have been a huge help.

I ended up finding a hotel at a reasonable price (€35/night) which is surprisingly less than staying in a private room in a hostel. They have free wifi, but only in the lobby. Every time I see a hotel like this I feel like offering to set them up to put wifi on every floor in exchange for lodging. It really isn’t hard to do.

There seem to be a lot of Belgians who read the site and follow me on twitter. If you’d like to meet up while I’m here, just send me an email. You can find it on my contact page. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better tomorrow.

With that, I’m going back to bed.

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  1. Daria says:

    Feel better soon and when you do, offer that wifi service in exchange for lodging – unless you’d rather take photos… ;)

  2. jen laceda says:

    Hope you are feeling better!

  3. Very glad your heading to Brugge, One of my favorite spots in the whole world. Great beer as well…

  4. Gary same thing happened to me in Hong Kong. I got really tired and slept for about 12 hours. Body just telling you you need to take a break. Safe travels!

  5. Kerwin says:

    Hiya,
    I’ve had good karma in Brussels. I take the train everywhere and never a taxi. You must have some fries as it is really good.
    Hope you feel better.

    Yes, I’ve found that hotels are lazy not to equip the entire hotel with WiFi. I mean if you can do the lobby, why not the rooms? At least you have free WiFi for that rate – Are you in proximity to a train station and/or the city?

    And yes, you should go to Brugge, you will love it.

    http://cruisinaltitude.blogspot.com

  6. Jennine says:

    Have you had any Belgian Waffles yet? Sorry, just had to ask. :) I also wanted to let you know that I gave you a One Lovely Blog Award: http://travelaholicanonymous.com/2009/06/one-lovely-blog-award/

  7. MousE says:

    Oh, dear, I hope you get better fast! And that’s a good idea with the wifi. Go for it!

  8. Maggie says:

    Take the rest you need Gary, hope you get to feeling better soon. Once you do, catch a short train ride to to Brugge (Bruges) for the day, you’ll be glad you did.
    Cheers,
    Maggie

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