Staying in Belgium with friends

Staying in Belgium with friends

Travel is amazing !!!!!

You get to see amazing things; you experience amazing food; you immerse yourself in diverse cultures; you explore amazing places; and of course you meet amazing people.

Over a year ago, as part of our world trip we met one amazing man — a lovely guy at a hostel in Ecuador.  We then travelled around the town exploring with him. Next thing we even booked a bus to Peru with him.

Over the following 30 hour journey we got to make a new friend, and here we are in Belgium with him again.

The joys of travel are amazing, and to meet up with our lovely friend is very special.

It is even more special as he stays with a host family that welcomed us, and our friend into their home or a few days.

Explorason was so spoilt.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Eating Speculoos made by Belgian bakery group Lotus

Belgium traditional foods were a hit.  Belgium biscuits that had a hint of ginger in little packs were great snacks.

Then breakfast was chocolate milk; chocolate spread; and chocolate sprinkles made from real chocolate.

I had a kid on a sugar rush !!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – chocoholic breakfast

As for lovely food? Explorafriend discovered the white cherries waiting to be picked in the garden.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Explorafriend eating white cherries

We all picked madly as our tall host held down the branch for us.  I am not sure how many went straight into our mouths?  They were so sweet and juicy!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – picking white cherries

It was a beautiful home, with a beautiful garden. To hear the birds sing, and to feel the tranquility was amazing.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – a lovely home we stayed in with our friends

Another lovely feature of staying at a home was that Explorason was able to play with the dog Kasper. He had a few lessons on ball throwing skills. It was lovely that he was getting some attention.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Kasper the dog

One fascinating item in their garden was “Zoe”, the computerised lawn mower.
Explorason liked to follow it around.

Fascinated !

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Zoe the lawnmower

Next day our friend took us to Waterloo where the battle with Napoleon was fought.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Waterloo #1

He was so full of knowledge, and it was a great time to “see history” and a place of a great battle.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Waterloo soldier and us

There a French soldier charmed us all.

I must admit. He had a fantastic calf hide backpack I would have readily bought off him in a flash. He was great with Explorason too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Waterloo soldier and Explorason

Belgium has great commemorative coins and so we bought a beautiful one here with Napoleon on it – a keepsake forever!
At their home we also were treated to traditional Belgium food.

A lovely dinner with breaded meatloaf; gorgeous whole potatoes and beans. The apple sauce was a winner with Explorason who I think ate about half!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – traditional dinner

Take a look at this – it was amazing!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – breaded meat

Another night we were treated to beautiful Belgium strawberries.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Belgium strawberries

We came home one evening from a long day trip exploring Brussels, and our host treated us to a local dinner with traditional food.

White asparagus !!!!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – White asparagus

The next was a fish stew called Waterzooie. It was amazing!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – traditional Belgium Fish dish ‘Waterzooie’

On our last night, after a busy day driving all the way to Luxembourg and Germany and back, we were treated to a beautiful BBQ.
We were joined by more of our hosts family.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – BBQ including white and black sausage

It was a beautiful end to our stay.

Travel really does enrich our lives.

It is not just abut where you go. It is also a big part of about who you met.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Belgium – Farewell friends

 

 

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