Travel Update 21 - Antwerp

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24.08.04 - 27.08.04 - Antwerp

Hello Sweet People :wave:

The time has finally come to write another DA Journal update. If all goes well, I will be undisturbed for next hour or so, which should be enough for me to reminisce about some of the lovely memories of Antwerp that are currently swimming in my head :nod: Swimming is indeed the right word, since I don't seem to be able to differentiate the various memories from the various days. As a result, this update will have some time-line errors (not that people would know or notice :D )

On the train to Antwerp, I received news from the person I was supposed to be staying with in Brussels. She explained that I could no longer stay at her place because her father had had an accident on the form involving a cow. I was happy enough to accept this, but was a little worried. Brussels was, after all, only 3 days away :nod:

I arrived at the doorstep of *homy's parents at around 11:30 in the morning. The journey back to their place was quite an experience in itself, as I hadn't caught a bus there before. I remembered which buses to catch though (the 60 or the 61 ;-) ) and concentrated by ass off on the way in order to pick up some of the landmarks near the bus-station where I needed to get off. Luckily I got off at the right spot and walked to their place with little difficulty. The way took me past 'The Troll', which is one of the numerous local pubs, and I had to really set my mind to it not to stop by for a drink :drunk:
..... FINE!! It's not quite as exciting as I made it out to be :no:

Homy's dad was home and was very welcoming indeed :aww: Truth be told, out of everyone I met during my little travels, they were by far the nicest people I've stayed with :nod: ...and of course *homy was a nice fellow too :giggle:

Much of my first day was spent talking to them about my travels. It was fun as it gave me the opportunity to think about what I had been up to. As a result of the stirred up memories, I ended up spending the second half of the day updating my DA Journal and replying to a ton of emails :pencil:

Towards the early part of the evening, *homy came home from work and we were lucky enough to be able to feast upon some of him mother's fantastic Belgian cooking :hungry: I must mention at this stage that I absolutely love the dish we had that night :nod: and have spent much my time since thinking about it.... like an old unrequited love.... As a matter of fact, I want some right now :crying: I look forward to returning to Belgian some time soon, and once again eating whatever that lovely creation was called :P

Needless to say, we ended up at the 'Troll' that night :D That being said, *homy had to work the following day, so it was an early night. We met up with his mate Steve, whom is quite a character and great fun to hang around with. I'd be fun of those two came to Australia together one day :D

The following day contained echoes of the first. *homy went to work and I spent a lot of time on the computer writing DA Journal updates, writing emails and chatting to people online. I did receive some happy news that day though :-)  - It turns out that homy's parent's neighbour's daughter actually lives in Brussels, and she just happened to pop over for a coffee :-) And from one moment to the next, I had a place to stay :dance:

This was of course, great news. By that stage though, I had already made some changes to my travel plans. Some of you may recall that I planned to go to a little place called 'Verviers' for a couple of nights... well instead, I decided to head down to Luxembourg instead.... I figured that since I had the chance to squeeze in another country, I might as well take it :D

When *homy came home, we were once again treated to a fantastic Belgian dish of brilliant deliciousness :aww:

My memory of the rest of the night is a little bit scrambled... as far as I recall, we went to the 'Troll' again, and possibly a bar around the corner as well. The plan was to visit *homygirl once she finished work, and since she does not finish work until rather late at night, we had to do some time filling, in the form of pin-ball.

Eventually we left the bar (having drunk very little by the way) and made our way for Grembergen, where *homygirl works/lives.

I had no real idea what to expect form the meeting, but I had a great time. We met up with her at the bar that she owns, and it was certainly interesting to be in a place I had heard so much about online :-) We had a nice little chat while she closed up for the night and then drove over to her parent's pub, which was about 10 minutes drive away.

Her parent's place was much for a traditional Belgian Pub, and I certainly enjoyed the atmosphere of the place, which was helped by the delicious brew in my hand :D

After about an hour, we made our way back to *homygirl's place to drop her off. I was lucky enough to get a tour of her place, which was certainly interesting.... at least by Australian standards. Her residence was on top of the sports bar that she owns, and to get to it, you have to go through the gymnasium and up some stairs :-) ....certainly not something I'm used to, but the place was quite lovely, though I did have nightmares about ducks that night :giggle: It was a pleasure to meet you Elke :-)

Strangely enough, we ended up at the 'Troll' again that night ;-) :drunk: It was there that it was decided that Luc should come along to Luxembourg :nod:

We slept-in the following day :-) Luc (i.e. *homy) had to fix a computer for a client, but other than that, he had the day off. I went along with him, and it ended up being quite an educational experience :D I learnt all about diamonds and the Antwerp-cut - the most brilliant cut of all, if you believe the hype :-) After that, we went for a lovely little walk around Antwerp's less touristy streets, had a beer and ended up eating a lot more sushi that we normally would have (together with another beer ;-) )

The night eventually lead us to 'The Chronicles of Riddick' - I'm in no mood to write a movie review here, but let's just say it was entertaining... but ONLY entertaining.

Believe it or not, we ended up at one of Luc's local bars that night. We met up with Steve again, had some Vodka/Tabasco shots, ate some spaghetti and had a beer or two. Good times where had by all, and the singing that came out of us by the end of the night was nothing short of magical :sing:

On my last day in Antwerp ( :( ) We went to Luc's workplace, which was followed by him installing a computer at a new store that was opening up...

We left for Luxembourg late that afternoon.... It was sad to leave Antwerp.... truly the city of Kings... :crying:

Cheers to All :wave:


Previous Journal Entries

:bulletred: The Stage is Set on Apr 16, 2004
:bulletred: Just a little notice on Apr 30, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 01 - Singapore/Switzerland on May 7, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 02 - Switzerland on May 11, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 03 - Switzerland on May 18, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 04 - Switzerland on Jun 2, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 05 - Switzerland/Germany on Jul 5, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 06 - Switzerland on Jul 6, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 07 - Switzerland on Jul 22, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 08 - Switzerland (Plus Plans) on Jul 31, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 09 - Belgium - Antwerp on Aug 6, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 10 - Den Haag/Amsterdam on Aug 7, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 11 - Amsterdam on Aug 9, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 12 - Haarlem on Aug 12, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 13 - Rotterdam on Aug 13, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 14 - Rotterdam on Aug 14, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 15 - Rotterdam on Aug 21, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 16 - Domburg on Aug 22, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 17 - Amsterdam on Aug 24, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 18 - Brugge on Aug 24, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 19 - Ypres on Aug 25, 2004
:bulletred: Travel Update 20 - Ghent on Aug 31, 2004


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iceke's avatar
it was nice to meet you.
it was fun to play pinball whit you:).

stiena if you remember me:).
aussiepoida's avatar
I had a look at your gallery and thought some you. I was actually going to ask homy if this is you, and now I know it is :aww:

We'll hopefully get a chance to take those little boys on again one day. We both know our pinball is far superior to theirs :evillaugh:


iceke's avatar
Any pinball is better than that. i hope you're winning then:p I stil don't win from them:( But i keep trying:)

homygirl's avatar
how come my ducks gave you nightmares???I have raised them well you know,they would never hurt you (well,not intenionally anyway :rofl:)

it was nice to meet you too Peter,and I hope to welcome you and Tracy soon

homygirl's avatar
I think you might be right :ninja:
aussiepoida's avatar
I'd love to tell you why... but I think they are watching us....right now :paranoid:
J4n3T's avatar
:hug:Just envy u Peter:!::lmao:

=PTake care:rose:
aussiepoida's avatar
You'll travel to these places one day my dear - patience child :nod:
J4n3T's avatar
donniebrasco's avatar
seems like you had a great time up there, by now you should be far away from belgium
how about your pic's did they come out great on the cd's?
let me know
how are things? are you in Great Brittain already?
man you're getting slow with those updates :D
greetz and take care

aussiepoida's avatar
I'm a little behind in my updates, you are certainly correct :D

I'm in Switzerland at the moment. Tracy and I will be going to Spain at the end of the month, and will then fly to England on the 16th of October :nod:

'Some' of the pictures came out great, others came out well, and some were utter crap - but thats always the way I guess :-)

You can delete them off your computer if you like.

Cheers nice man

Peter :rose:
donniebrasco's avatar
yeah that is the way it is, it would be cool if all the shots you make are killershots
I'm glad you liked your stay over here and that you've seen a little bit of our little city and surroundings
I hope tracy and you are well and things are back as they should be between you guys
enjoy the rest of your trip and I'm looking forword to other entries
take care
greetz and cheers
Homy's avatar


Well, you did leave some blanks ... I'll try to fill them in ..
one of these nights

cheers mate :hug:
aussiepoida's avatar
Please do :-) It does not suprise me at all that there are things missing, but I put in all the important stuff... I HOPE :D


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