I treated myself to an early lunch of Belgian waffle with strawberries and chocolate syrup, then attempted to eat it in Grand Place. I say attempted because the fork they gave me was the crappiest eating utensil I’ve ever had the misfortune of eating with. It doesn’t even deserve to be called a fork. It was more like a scrap of plastic recycled from the making of other actual forks. Whoever decided this “fork” was a good idea should try eating a Belgian waffle with it then have his face shoved in chocolate syrup, so that he understand what his crappy fork did to me.
I gave up trying to eat the waffle with the fork and just picked it up to eat it. This worked better, but I ended up getting chocolate sauce all over my face, hands, and shirt.
Even though the waffle was a pain and a half to eat, it was seriously delicious. Had I possessed a proper eating utensil, it would have been a favorite memory of Europe. As it is, it’s one of the messiest memories of Europe for me. Seriously though, if I lived in Belgium I would be the unhealthiest person alive because I would just eat waffles all the time. They’re that good.
Since it was a hot, sunny day, I stopped as soon as I found an open grocery store (today was a holiday in Belgium, so only clothing stores were open, for some reason). The cashier spoke to me in French and seemed really grateful for my purchase, saying “merci” multiple times.
I just smiled, having taken Spanish in high school and therefore knowing no French.
After hydrating, I came upon this thing, which is possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen. I’m not entirely sure what it is—a newspaper/magazine umbrella, or something else? But anyways, the important thing here is all the legs coming out of it. I just don’t understand.
Next I wandered over to the Royal Palace, then next through the grounds facing the palace. At the end of the grounds I found a fountain, and directly behind that, the Parliament building. As I walked back to my hostel, I stumbled upon this beautiful cathedral, so I sat outside and soaked up the sun for a few minutes.
Afterwards I headed back, being tired and having seen enough for one day. I was going to publish this post then, but unfortunately I didn’t have an appropriate adapter so I couldn’t charge my computer. I also didn’t have contact solution which was unfortunate. But all-in-all, today was a much, much better day than the previous day, and I did like Brussels considerably more than I had the day before.