Hello! I haven’t updated in a while because things have been pretty stressful here and we are dealing with some bad news. But I don’t want to write about bad things, so I will tell you all the happy things of which there are many.
Martin and I went away to Belgium last weekend to get away and relax. I really like Belgium, because they switch between 5 different languages and it’s insane. Of course I speak to everyone in either terrible French, terrible German (to try to come across as Dutch), or default to English. Okay fine, mainly I default to English.
We went to Liege, which I’ve been to before and is known to have not-much there. But, we managed to explore some neat places, took some nice pictures, and had a great time. We stayed at a young couple’s house that we found through Airbnb, which was an experience in itself. They bought this old (as in 200+ year old) house and are slowly fixing it up. Coming from North America, where 10 years is considered ‘old’, this is kind of crazy-brave to me, although perhaps normal here in Europe.
After Liege, we decided to drive across the country (i.e. 2 hours, lol) to visit Antwerp. Or Antwerpen as the locals call it.
I actually wanted to re-visit Brussels, but Martin didn’t want to because he said we had been there already and he didn’t need to go back. So I changed my game plan to Antwerp, figuring he had no excuse to reject it since we had never been. He was fine with Antwerp and we took off on our roadtrip.
OMG, Antwerp is so cool. It’s a harbour city, so it’s prosperous, international, and just has a great feeling to it. It reminds me a lot of Hamburg. We soaked it up by walking through the different districts and just enjoyed ourselves. It was also Easter Sunday so most places were closed, and there weren’t tons of people (tourists!) either, which also made it easy going and nice. Antwerp is also a huge player in the international diamond trade. There’s diamond district where I hear people approach you on the street to sell real diamonds! Because we went on a holiday, none of the diamond sellers were roaming the streets, and only a few diamond stores were opened. This was for the better, since I wasn’t in the mood to fend off diamond sales and diamonds make me uncomfortable anyway given their bad human rights rep.
We took a stroll through Antwerp’s Red Light District. I liked it better than Hamburg’s red light district but less than Amsterdam’s. My first impression of it was ‘this is wide’. As in, there is lots of space. Not super narrow like some alleyways in Amsterdam, and it felt more like a 9-5 business district. It could also be the day we went, which probably wasn’t as busy as a typical Friday or Saturday night. My favourite thing about the red light districts are seeing the men approach the women, and also when they leave the cabins after their trysts. It’s neat for me to see the ‘kind’ of men who pay for sex – and you know what? They’re just regular guys. The women are also just regular women too. I think more people should pay for sex and for it not to be so stigmatized. Sex is natural and there’s nothing wrong paying for it/charging for it if you want. Why not!
But nope, we did not buy (or sell!) sex. Just walked around the district like awkward tourists do.
We both had the week off after Easter weekend, so have been hanging out all week. It’s so nice! We have also been eating extremely well and healthy. All vegan too! I’ve been introducing some raw meals into my diet, and turning Martin onto it too. We also bought a magic bullet type mixer, so have been making delicious smoothies after delicious smoothies. Seriously, I have the biggest fruit and veg food baby right now. It feels sooooooooo good!
That’s it for now. Hope things are good for you!