45 minutes in belgium

on my way from london to our next stop, i had a four hour layover in brussels (the boy took a different, direct flight). i figured i had enough time to get into the city to explore and eat a waffle and then back to the airport. i hurried as much as possible through customs and scurried to the train terminal and hopped on a train to brussels central station. by the time i got to the center of the city, i had just 45 minutes before i had to turn around and go back again. it was a little crazy, but totally worth it!

i had been in brussels once before – on a day-long layover to kenya when i was thirteen – but i forgot how magnificent the main square is!

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i wandered the streets a bit in search for a just-right belgian waffle. i remembered how incredible these were from my last time in brussels. but they were even more delcious than i remembered!

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of course i also had to have some belgian chocolate while in belgium! chocolate is everwhere in the streets of brussels!

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i got to the train station just in time to run straight onto the train headed back for the airport – phew! that was a wild and wonderful few hours! and three countries in one day?! i’ll take it!




we left switzerland on sunday evening and arrived in london on sunday night and i was practically bubbling over with excitement as we drove into the city. for me, in many ways, coming to england is coming home. we ate dinner at nando’s (a beloved fave) and got some classic (for me!) british sweets at tesco on the way back to the hotel. my heart and belly were so happy!

on monday i got to roam london while the boy was in meetings. i took a run past st. pual’s, across millenium bridge, along southbank, under the london eye, across westminster bridge, past st. james park, through trafalgar square and along the strand. i had coldplay in my ears, rain droplets on my skin, and so much joy in my heart. it was definitely one of the best morning runs ever. i snapped these iphone photos:

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after a shower and some hob-nobs for breakfast, i hopped on the tube to camden market, where i had never been (i’ve visited london 6-7 times before) – and i loved it. i wandered all over camden lock and the stables, delighting in the different markets. i just couldn’t get enough of all the awesome colors and smells and sights and sounds.

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i especially loved the street food, which was so diverse! (dutch, vietnamese, jamacian, american, italian, peruvian, french, and on and on!)
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i got back on the tube and headed to notting hill and portobello road. i had been there on my last visit to london, but i was feeling really high on markets :)


and then i went back to trafalgar square to enjoy the views down to big ben and the artwork inside the national gallery. as i walked back to the hotel just as it was getting dark, i couldn’t stop snapping pictures of so many the lovely scenes – a picture-worthy frame is around every corner!

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the boy and i recapped on our days at the hotel and then ate at wagamama’s (another beloved fave) and took a quick loop similar to my running route so he could see some of the sights. man, there’s just nothing like big ben and the houses of parliament lit up at night! i was glad to have someone freak out a little at the awesomeness with me after a solitary day :)


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