Crucifictions on the 25th

This fine day we went with Fenfen to Saarlouis, his hometown, a small quiet town next to Saarbrücken. First we went to see the Teufelsburg, which translates to “The Devil’s Castle”. There are some midieval organisations that use this as a place for their campments or to perform acts, which can be found here. Afterwards we went into the city itself for a quick dinner, and moved on because Fenfen needed to get ready for his role in the Passionplay of Christ (pics), during which he was flogged (tho only with woolen floggers – booooooooooo! We want our money back! ;p) and then crucified, tho as you can see on the pics he didn’t really die of it ;p

A pity it was all in german, so I got only little of it, but it was fun ;)

Afterwards we went along with the crew for a drink and a piece of (coldish) pizza, and in the eve we (once again) opted for dinner at the Pizza Hut, a veggy salad this time tho.

24th.. Germany, here we come!

Today we ran off to Germany, Saarbrücken to be more precise, which we reached in about 4,5 hours, driving in turns and taking a pitstop here and there to refuel / restock. We also had the honor of having some lovely traffic jams due to roadworks in the province of Luxembourg, but we got there in the end.

We were staying at the Mercure Hotel Kongress Saarbruecken, a very nice place which they’re currently busy refitting completely (adding new bathrooms, better windows, …. you know, the whole interior decoration crap. No, you don’t have to stay in a half-finished room ;p)
Afterwards we heard that it’s actually _the_ most posh and luxurious hotel around *g*

While waiting for a good friend of ours (Fenfen) we went to explore a bit of the smallish city, and stopped by a local snack-kiosk to get (do’h!!) a snack: a croissant with a certain chocolaty filling, really good… mjummyyy……

*ahem*

With Fenfen we explored the city further, going down the big shopping street (Bahnhofstraße), then over the river Saar until we reached the ruins of the old castle of Saarbrücken. We went for a quick visit to the local museum, and drove around a bit afterwards but finally decided on going back to the hotel.

For dinner we went to a local Pizza Hut and had mjummy veggie pizza :)

23rd, and a faim fatale!

This fateful day we met up with an old friend of mine (actually, ex-gf *panic*) in Ghent, were we had lunch at a cute little bar, then walked over to a deliceous Chocolate Bar (mjummy choco milkshakes… *melt*). And the two girls had lots of fun (I wonder what they’re planning against me… *runs away in terror* *g*)

In the eve we ate ate the Faim Fatale restaurant (came recommended in the Belgium Guide); a small but inventive eating place where we had “Open Lasagna”, which is basically a lasagna but not ‘prepared’ in layers as per usual, but more like two layers of pasta with all the ingredients in between. Very mjummy!

For dessert Diana had a Chocolate Mousse (which was close to – if not _the_ best chocomousse I’ve ever tasted… so succulent and melting and …mmmmmmmmmm…..), I had a Dame Blanche (which is vanilla icecream with hot molten chocolate)

22st! Something something!

We went to see the city of Ostend today, which is one of the coastal cities of Belgium. We had some bad weather for starters, but it cleared out pretty quickly. And most of all: it was _quiet_. ;) We walked along the coastal line for some km, enjoying the sounds of the sea and the refreshing winds ;)

We had a coffee and pancakes at the pub ‘Au Penguin’. Very mjummy pancakes, and loose tea :~ and the glasses for Fanta were really original! (damn, forgot to take a pic of them, sowwy). Bought a good map too (for the trip to Germany).

Afterwards we went home and spent a quiet evening there watching a part of Jabberwocky, a crazy movie of the Monthy Python crew. Okay, we fell asleep halfway ;p so we didn’t see it completely :)

21st… Monday monday…

Today after my work (waaaaay to early to get up.. *snif*) we went to act like little children in Mini Europe, a place with tons of scale models of great sights (and sometimes sounds!) of the European countries. Unfortunately several models weren’t finished yet when we went there, but that’s okay. After spending more than an hour in that place (ooh! A button! *push* *bark! bark bark!*) we walked about the Brupark where you can find some little shops but mostly eating/drinking places. We opted for eating at a chinese there called Asia City – friendly staff, food was good. Afterwards we picked along the movie Constantine and went home.

20th.. Battice, here we come

Today we went to Battice – Vervies, to a whiskey festival, where the pipeband I play in played several times. It was okay, prolly more fun if you’re a fan of whiskey ;p which, for the record, I’m not really. After a tiring day we went back home again, and had a quiet eventing at home. Nothing much, really.

19th.. Diana’s here!

After picking Diana up from the airport, we went to Ikea in Zaventem to pick up some stuff we’d need for home still (living with two requires organizing). After that we went to Brussels (you know, capital city of our pocketsized country called Belgium ;p) which unfortunately was crowded due to a general strike by the labour unions with the oncoming TOP-meeting of the EU in brussels. I must say it seemed more like a carnaval fair than a protestmarch, with the drinking stands and a live concert, but I guess that’s just me.

A quick stop at FNAC’s for a book (Lonely Planet‘s Belgium & Luxembourgh travel guide. Full of handy tips and everything ;) We also made some little shopping at Ikea for some stuff I still needed to take over Jan’s room :D

We had a quiet eve otherwise, spent some time unpacking, and then we had dinner at a lovely spicy Thai restaurant called Bankok city. Damn hot food! Very sweet in the beginning, but how it burnt in the end… My tongue went numb :~

To Spain and back again!

I’ve spent the last 12 days together with my lovely girlfriend… Travelled off to Spain last week on wednesday, to find her in Barajas Airport. she came together with her mum to pick me up :) Had a lovely stay at the Abba Hoteles in the Pza. de Castillia, tho the elevators are a bit noisy there :(

I went along with her to uni, followed classes (tho I understood perhaps 1/10th of it, my spanish ain’t to good yet :|, and it’s complex matter), stayed some time at her home and so…

On friday ‘eve we baked cookies together, and on saturday we flew off back to Belgium together… Watch out .be, here we come :P

Saturday evening I took her to meet some friends of mine, and en groupe we went to have dinner in a local Chinese restaurant, lovely dinner :).

Sunday was a relaxed day, more or less, with my sis + friend + kiddo’s coming over to my parent’s place.. We watched some old photographs (oh, the sentiment! The memories *snif*) but had a nice time on the whole…

On monday we went to Liège, saw the Christmas market there (lovely) and walked about a bit…

Tuesday we went to visit a friend in Maasmechelen, David… we met up at a shopping village (??!? – didn’t know that existed), and we trondled off to Maastricht, saw the Christmas market there too (boooo – crappy one) and had some drinks (after looking for half an hour to find a place to drink something, everything closes even at 6pm!!)

Wednesday was a bit quieter (stayed at home mostly), in the eve we went to Ghent, for xmas shopping, looking at the then-closed market… then went to Bruges, where the xmas-market was closed half already (only food and booze ones were still open), and back to Ghent for dinner in a veggy restaurant.

On thursday we drove all the way to Luxembourg (city, in Luxembourg country) were we met up with a Fenfen, a good friend… Had a nice time freezing and getting lost.. the old city looks nice, but everything closes too early. Guess it’s better during summer when it’s warm ;p

On friday we stayed home mostly, we baked cookies (mjummmy ;p), in the eve we went to Ghent for dinner in another veggy restaurant, and afterwards picking along “The Incredibles“, phun movie ;)

Saturday was very quiet, only a quick stop in Ghent to see the then-open christmas market, and to Bruges to get chocolates! CHOCOLATE RULES! :) :) >:) *cough* sowwy, got carried away. ;p

And today.. sunday.. well, we woke up, then packed her suitcase, since she has to go back home .. :( It was a very quiet day otherwise, and I drove her to the airport where she departed then at 17.25 to Madrid…

Miss you a lot, love, more then ever after this lovely time together.