22.08.04 - 24.08.04
Thank you all for dropping by, you really are a wonderful audience
Ghent was the one place I really had no reason for staying in. I don't mean that in a mean way or anything, far from it in-fact. It just was not one of those places that I felt like I needed to visit.
What drew me to the place was the promise of free accommodation thanks to a nice fella named Oliver
I sent him a message once I arrived at the St Pieter train station (as per his request) giving him a short description of myself. He responded that he'll be there in 10 minutes. As I was waiting, I suddenly started feeling like a piece of meat Thoughts were going through my head..... 'what if he doesn't like the look of me' , 'what if he just keeps walking' etc... I then realised that those were actually pretty gay thoughts and so I stopped
He did turn up though and I was very relived I put the backpack in the back of his car and we made our way to his place.
His place was certainly one of the more interesting places I have stayed in during my travels. I felt like I walked straight into a scene from a druggy 70's movie.... the walls were full of posters featuring the Beetles, John Lennon and such and there were 2 guitars standing along the wall. The place had a very laid back feel and I could not help but feel rather chilled.
Oliver played his guitars regularly, and I sat there tapping my feet to the rhythm of the night..... yes, I know that sounds cheesy I must say that he was pretty good, and found it hard to believe that he could not find a group of people that wanted to play with him After some extended chilling, he decided that it was time for a little tour of the city
Ghent is certainly a nice place. The atmosphere is very friendly and very lively indeed. This is mainly due to the high student population as Ghent is a University town. Every street had a different vibe and style, which certainly made the city interesting to walk though. Once street had a modern look, and the next looked like a medieval town street.
An interesting fact is that Ghent was Europe's second largest city (after Paris) during medieval times
My time exploring the city was interesting and fun in a special way, but Ghent really just ended up being a place for me to relax a little and do a bit of reading. After the second day though, I felt the draw of my favourite city again.... Antwerp.... and I decided to make for it a day earlier than planned. I was eager to join back up with *homy, with whom I had a great time during my last stay in Antwerp.
Back to Antwerp then.... the city of Kings
Cheers to all,
Previous Journal Entries
The Stage is Set on Apr 16, 2004
Just a little notice on Apr 30, 2004
Travel Update 01 - Singapore/Switzerland on May 7, 2004
Travel Update 02 - Switzerland on May 11, 2004
Travel Update 03 - Switzerland on May 18, 2004
Travel Update 04 - Switzerland on Jun 2, 2004
Travel Update 05 - Switzerland/Germany on Jul 5, 2004
Travel Update 06 - Switzerland on Jul 6, 2004
Travel Update 07 - Switzerland on Jul 22, 2004
Travel Update 08 - Switzerland (Plus Plans) on Jul 31, 2004
Travel Update 09 - Belgium - Antwerp on Aug 6, 2004
Travel Update 10 - Den Haag/Amsterdam on Aug 7, 2004
Travel Update 11 - Amsterdam on Aug 9, 2004
Travel Update 12 - Haarlem on Aug 12, 2004
Travel Update 13 - Rotterdam on Aug 13, 2004
Travel Update 14 - Rotterdam on Aug 14, 2004
Travel Update 15 - Rotterdam on Aug 21, 2004
Travel Update 16 - Domburg on Aug 22, 2004
Travel Update 17 - Amsterdam on Aug 24, 2004
Travel Update 18 - Brugge on Aug 24, 2004
Travel Update 19 - Ypres on Aug 25, 2004
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