Greetings from Belgium!

by Robin Rodig | April 06, 2018 | 9 Comments

Hallo from Bruges!

Well, it was a long haul and a few days of intermittent sleep (mostly lack thereof), but I'm here in my home base of Bruges and boy, was it ever worth the effort! The Venice of the North, as it's nicknamed, could out-charm just about any city I've been to. The medieval market squares. The cobblestone streets. The stepped gable rooflines. The peaceful canals. The candlelit restaurants. Even the drizzly, chilly weather has a mysterious mood all its own when the fog stealthily oozes into the alley ways. Let's just say I'm already concerned about my phone storage because I can't stop myself from taking pictures. And this is just one city! 

If you saw the movie In Bruges (and by the way, the city credits that film for the last decade's boom in tourism), you might get the impression that Belgium is the ugly stepchild of some of its neighboring European nations. Weird though, right? I mean, who could have distain for a country known for its beer, chocolate, and waffles? I intend to get to the bottom of that but I have learned a few fun facts that are actually quite impressive. Belgians tend to be liberal thinkers; they legalized gay marriage in 2003. Belgium's people and land played a tremendous role in WWI. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. Not to mention the saxophone and "french" fries (called frites) were invented here! 

And speaking of the latter, I've already put a dent into the region's biggest menu item: mussels and fries. A steaming pot of mussels (prepared in a variety of ways) paired with delicious fries and (dipping sauce of Belgian choice) mayo is literally on every restaurant's blackboard. On the contrary, I strongly doubt I will even come close to making a dent in the country's hundreds upon hundreds of uniquely brewed beers. Proost to trying!

Until then, I'm looking forward to seeing the transformation of spring here, what lies beyond Bruges, and a month of not flying over my bicycle's handlebars while traversing the cobblestones! Thank you for coming along! 

Tot ziens!



My Bruges apartment...


...and new favorite cafe down the street, Blackbird   

Bruges main market square

The revered swans of Bruges 

Daffodils in bloom all around the city

Because I can't get enough of rows of colorful houses...

Just a short bike ride along a canal to the tiny countryside town of Damme



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Robin said:

Thanks all! Glad you’re enjoying the trip! :)

April 24, 2018

Mollie said:

Such a beautiful place!! I love the videos!! Enjoy your trip!!!

April 24, 2018

Jaime said:

The pictures are amazing robin! This looks and sounds like it s going to be a very special trip… Thanks for letting us tag along!

April 15, 2018

Robin said:

Good question, Rock. Interestingly, in Flemish (which is spoken in western Belgium), they don’t pronounce g’s so it sounds like ‘Bruh’ (with a u sound as in cup). Thanks for coming along!

April 09, 2018

Marc Rodig said:

I know of the dangers of cobbles in Amsterdam and imagine they are deviously similar. So phonetically, how do you or they say “Bruges”? Enjoying the pics and story!

April 07, 2018

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