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.