Travels

Durbuy

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Today, D and I finally made a trip to Durbuy. This quaint little place claimed to be the smallest town in the world. We wandered about to enjoy the sights and sounds, bought some local beers and a pot of blackberry jam. And oh, I finally fulfilled my wish of eating the Ardennes trout in the region in which it was raised.

This was a very enjoyable and worthwhile day trip. And to think that the last time we visited the Walloon region was in 2011!

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La Coupole

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Together with another couple, D and I went to visit La Coupole in Saint-Omer, France. Because the secret weapon was discovered and was constantly bombarded by the allied forces, the Nazis were unable to bring this build to completion. History might have turned out very differently if the secret was not reviewed in time. All my life, I have always been fascinated and frightened by the history and effects of the world wars. Visiting the tunnels and the dome where so many have suffered and lost their lives was a dark and sorrowful experience. Sadder still, people did not learn and change for the good. We are still doing all these cruel things to each other…

On a happier note, we watched a 3D film about space exploration (also one of my life long fascinations) in the planetarium. We then stopped by to visit and have some drinks in the city of Saint Omer. Finally, we rode back to dear old Kortrijk to enjoy a lovely dinner together before returning to our respective homes.

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Belgium, Travels

Gladiators

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Today, D and I made a trip to the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren to see a temporary exhibition featuring gladiators. What a fascinating exhibition it turned out to be. The stories (theories) and artefacts were truly fascinating and impressive.

With the discount we got on our tickets, we went on to drink a couple of beers. Here’s to Felix and the gladiators! And to Spartacus!

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MAS Miles

Just checked my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier account. I am glad that I do not have anything expiring in the next two months. Must be more attentive and take advantage of the offers on this account.

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Belgium, Travels

Bag Lag

After travelling for more than 10 hours, I’m finally home!

My luggage, due to the short transit in Amsterdam, did not manage to get on the same plane to Brussels. Fortunately, there is a very efficient airport service and my luggage was safely delivered to me a few hours later.

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Jibber Jabber, Travels

Yesterday & Today

Yesterday was interesting. The three of us flew off from Kota Kinabalu on the 27th and landed in Seattle the same day. We even managed to stuff ourselves with sushi before going to bed. Haha!

Today, I went to the bank with my father. And then, visited my brother and his family. After a short unplanned nap on the sofa, we went to my niece’s dance class. In between, I even got the chance to test out my brand new bank card and withdrew some cash. In the evening, I had a lovely Italian dinner with my sister, brother-in-law and my parents.

My luggage has been repacked and I am all set for my flight home tomorrow.

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Jibber Jabber, Travels

Time Lag

Woke up before 5am in the United States. My body is telling me that I just had a very long afternoon nap in Belgium. Two days from now, I will be crossing the Pacific Ocean to be in Malaysia. This shall be interesting…

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Preflight

I am finally sitting on the sofa, exhausted from all the packing, preparations and house chores which I have moved up from the weekend. Now that everything is taken care of, I hope I will be able to get a good night sleep before my flight to the United States.

From Seattle, I will be accompanying my parents back to Malaysia for my grandma’s funeral.

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Belgium, Travels

Heritage

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Today is Open Monumentendag. D and I visited five places this year. An office building in Kortrijk which is now part French Consular Office, a steam engine factory, an old windmill, a library that was once the Brewery Vondel, and lastly a WWI British bunker.

It was raining heavily when we visited the bunker. Fortunately, I brought along my rain coat and an umbrella for D. Preparation… I have it.

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