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Last Saturday we went to a beautiful park in Brussels. It was a sunny day (rare for Brussels) and we had a great time just walking around and enjoying the scenery.






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care packages!!!

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I have been very sick this week but on Friday I finally got out of bed and made my way over to IES to pick up not one but TWO care packages from my parents and grandparents! It was a little cumbersome (and heavy) to carry on the metro but I finally got them back to my room and sat around with my friends and opened them up. It was like Christmas.


Mom and Dad sent me approximately 20 pounds of processed foods, including POPTARTS. I'm already halfway through the box of blueberry frosted and I'm getting anxious about what I'll do when I run out.

Mama and Papa sent me some processed food as well (hooray for EasyMac!), a very warm scarf, and the cutest dress. It'll be perfect for my internship. Thank you!

The best thing in the care packages, however, was...


All the peanut butter! 3 pounds 10 ounces, to be exact. All of my friends are jealous. I'm going to try to make it last as long as possible - peanut butter is available here, but it's very very expensive, and probably not as good as JIF. I'm so excited to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.... mmm.


You can also see in the picture of the peanut butter that my darling sister Lydia colored a picture of My Little Pony and sent it to me! She knows the way to my heart. Thanks, Lydia!

Getting these care packages was a great end to a pretty crummy week. Thank you family!

Posted by rawrnold 14:17 Archived in Belgium Tagged living_abroad Comments (1)

Just bought a ticket...

I just bought a plane ticket to go to Krakow, Poland in March! The plan is to spend one day seeing the sights in the city (I've heard tell of castles) and spend one day outside the city in Auschwitz. I'm excited and a little apprehensive at the same time.

I'm going with my roommate Jordana, Luiza, and our friends Michelle and Paige from Hendrix. Paige and Michelle are studying in Scotland and Oxford, respectively. We're going to meet up at the hostel in Krakow and go from there. I can't wait!

I'll definitely post pictures after the fact, but I just wanted to let everyone know at once about this exciting trip. Here are some links to give you more information about what I'll be doing:
The tourist website for Krakow: http://www.krakow.pl/en/
The website for the museum at Auschwitz: http://en.auschwitz.org.pl/m/

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This weekend I took a bus to Amsterdam in order to see my BFF Tara! The bus ride itself wasn't bad - not nearly as sketchy as a Greyhound ride would be in America. It took around 3 hours to get there. When I arrived in Amsterdam, Tara had procured a bike for me to ride around the city. That's basically what I did all weekend. My legs are sore!

My camera battery was dead and I didn't realize it until I got to Amsterdam, so there are no pictures of the entire experience, which obviously means I'll have to go back another time. Honestly, I'm a little jealous of people who live in Amsterdam. The Netherlands is below sea level, which makes it very flat, which means you can bike everywhere. Just the thought of biking up the huge hill by my residence makes my legs ache! You see so much more of a city by bike than you do by metro. Visiting Tara really made me wish I knew Brussels better than I do.

Today marks one month since I've been in Brussels. Five and a half months to go. I'll learn this city yet.

Posted by rawrnold 13:36 Archived in Netherlands Comments (2)

The Atomium


On Saturday, my friends and I took a trip to the Atomium, which is on the northern outskirts of Brussels. It was built in the 1950s for the World's Fair that was held in Brussels. It is literally a giant silver molecule. You can go inside all the different spheres (atoms) and from the top one, you get a great view of the city. It was especially beautiful because it's been snowing in Brussels for the past few days. It costs 8 euros to go inside, but I'd definitely let my parents or grandparents buy me another ticket to visit it again when they are in Brussels. :)

This is our street, snow-covered.

The Atomium itself.

Wearing my raspberry beret - thanks, Mama and Papa!




Various views from the top.



The whole experience was really trippy - there were a lot of really steep, really long escalators, and lots of relics from the 1960s. By the end of our visit, I was ready to get out of there - it kind of gave me a headache.

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