Den andre dagen i Brussel begynte med lys gjennom takvinduet i hotelleiligheten. (Den første dagen kan du lese om her!)
Jonasflotte, som hospiterte i to uker, tok på seg dressen og dro på jobb. Han er ekstra kjekk i dress, så klart.
Det lå en grå dis over eføykledde blokker og byggeplasser.
Jeg tok en kaffe og en titt på kartet for å forberede neste etappe. Jeg hadde ingen store planer, jeg ville bare ut på oppdagelsesferd!
Ettersom det var blitt lunsjtid, slo jeg meg med på et crêperie. Matcrêpe pluss dessertcrêpe pluss kaffe for ti euro. God greie.
Etter lunsj gikk jeg videre, og sola glimtet til, og det var mange pene blomster og flotte bygg å se.
Nå var det dessuten tid for vintage-titting!
Jeg gikk og gikk og gikk, slik jeg helst gjør når jeg utforsker nye byer. Jeg vandret opp brede boulevarder og ned smale smug, inn i bakgårder og ut på store torg. Jeg hørte folk snakke fransk og nederlandsk om hverandre, og så mange på sykkel, og måtte beherske meg hver gang jeg gikk forbi en sjokoladeforretning. De ligger virkelig overalt, hoho.
Ettermiddagen forsvant fort blant parkanlegg og variert arkitektur og hyggelige detaljer.
Jeg begynte å gå tilbake mot leiligheten da arbeidsdagen nærmet seg slutten, for Jonasflotte hadde bare fått én nøkkel, så vi hadde avtalt å møtes der klokka fem.
En diiiger statue av tegneseriefiguren Viggo dukket opp da jeg var på tur tilbake, og den var populær blant barna.
Mørket falt tidlig, og da vi gikk ut for å spise middag, var de fineste byggene opplyst langs veien.
Et perfekt måltid etter en lang dag med mange timers jobbing og vandring!
Det var så mye og så god mat at restene fikk bli med hjem.
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In other words: My second day in Brussels started with light falling from the ceiling window into the bedroom in the hotel apartment. My boyfriend, being stationed in the city through his job, was going to work. He put on his suit, which makes him even more handsome than usual. After he’d gone, I had my breakfast and got ready, and then I left the apartment to spend the whole work day in the city by myself. Yay! I walked out in the bright, foggy morning, down streets which were slowly waking up. A grumpy man had set up camp outside a bakery with a cigarette and a glass of wine before ten in the morning. Oh, the European continent! I had an appointment: An interview with the manager of a fun hotel about which I had sold a piece to a magazine. After the freelance work I had a coffee and a look at the map to prepare my next movements. I didn’t have any big plans, I just wanted to explore! I walked from the hotel, past a cute retro van selling Belgian waffles (of course), and took an outdoor elevator (!) from a height to a very charming neighbourhood called Les Marolles. Soon it was time for lunch, and I found a crêperie which served one savoury and one sweet crêpe plus coffee for ten euros. Good deal, omnomnom! After lunch I wandered on, and there were glimpses of sun and lots of lovely things to see. I had a look at some vintage shops, as I always like to buy one garment when I’m visiting a new place, so that I can think about the trip when I wear it. I had no shopping luck, but I had more shops on my list for the next day, so I wasn’t too worried. I had such a lovely time exploring – walking up broad boulevards and narrow passageways, peeking into backyards and admiring the charm around me. I heard French and Dutch and saw people of bikes everywhere. The afternoon disappeared between lovely parks and interesting architecture and fun details. I passed the Royal Palace, a huge cartoon figurine and a mirrored facade on my walk home, and got to the pretty little square where the apartment was. When my boyfriend returned from work, we had a beer on the balcony in the mild air and lovely evening light. After a while the darkness fell, and it was time for dinner. We went to an Italian restaurant with delicious pizza – the perfect meal after a long day! There was lots of food, so what we couldn’t eat was sent home with us. Leftover pizza is, as I’m sure we all agree, one of the very best things on the planet. My boyfriend and I were very happy with how the day turned out, and we ended it with some South Park and some white wine.