In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to on my mission to visit every single country in the world. In this article, we will be covering country #47 and #48: Luxembourg and Belgium. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN-recognized countries.
VIDEO – Country #48: Belgium
Blog post on Belgium
- My Complete Belgium, Spain, Andorra, and France Spending Breakdown
- 12 Pictures from Bruges Belgium City Walking Tour
After completing my trip to France, my next destination was Bruges in Belgium. Before arriving in Belgium, the train I was taking would be making a stop in Luxembourg. This is perfect as it will allow me to tick off Luxembourg as well.
After getting off the train, I went outside the Luxembourg train station to take a quick look around.
While hanging out by the train station, a random old Luxembourger started chatting with me. Randomly, he started telling me about his dating history. I thought he was pretty funny so I just stood there and listened to him. “He must be lonely” is what I thought to myself as he spent a good 2-hour just sharing his life story with me.
Before long, my train going to Bruges arrived and I bid farewell to the chatty old guy.
Going to my hostel
By the time I arrived in Bruges, I was in a bit of a panic. I glanced at my cellphone and it was low on battery. I was relying on this piece of device to navigate my way to my hostel (Hostelling International). Using Maps.me, I began following the direction to reach my accommodation.
It would be a 30-minute walk. A part of me felt skeptical that the phone’s battery would last until I get there. And by pure miracle, I get to my hostel with 1% power left on my phone.
I checked in and befriended my fellow dorm mates which is these two Chilean backpacker and a random guy Austrian guy. They were really friendly and I ended up hanging out with them for the rest of the evening.
Joining a city walking tour of Bruges
The next day, I left my bags in the hostel and made my way to the “free” city walking tour that I joined through the hostel staff’s recommendation.
Bruges is a pretty looking city, similar to Amsterdam with canals all over the place. It was difficult not to stop and snap a lot of photos and videos on my way to join the walking tour group.
Before long, I arrived in the city square where the tour group gathered us up.
Funny enough, our tour guide is from Puerto Rico. Apparently, he’s in Belgium studying and does walking tours to earn some side money. The walking tours are not really free, you give the guide a tip. But the amount is up to what you can spare.
Bruges city walking tour
To be honest, I don’t remember any information about the city from the city walking tour. I vaguely remember the tour guide talking about the city being invaded but that’s about it.
The reason for this is tragedy is because the city is so beautiful! I couldn’t pay attention to the guy because I kept looking around taking pictures and capturing videos.
One good thing about joining one of these “free” city walking tours is the tour guide does show you the best places to take pictures.
Eventually, we arrive at the “main” spot where all the tourists take pictures of Bruges.
I was taking so much pictures and videos that I actually got yelled at by some grumpy old European man. He pretty much called me a narcissists’ for taking so much selfies. I think he’s probably behind the times because literally everyone around him is taking a selfie.
Before long, I said goodbye to the tour guide. I think I only gave him 5 Euros because I was on a backpacker budget. He didn’t seem to mind at all and he enthusiastically waved goodbye to me.
Bruges is probably one of the better cities to visit when travelling to Belgium. If you love canals similar to Amsterdam, then you will like this city.
I had a pleasant experience in Belgium but I think that’s probably it in terms of travelling to this country. Most likely, my trip to Belgium is once in a lifetime.
After Belgium, my next stop is the Netherlands where I would be visiting friends living in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Eindhoven.
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