Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Hand Throwing" with Marisa



Yesterday, Marisa and I went to Antwerpen, Belgium for the day.  It is really cool to be able to go to places like that for just the day, a lot nicer than a day trip to Ohio for example.  :)

About the hand throwing.  When we were there, we found out that Antwerpen means hand throwing in Flemish (Dutch.)  [h]and = hand amd we[o instead of e]rpen = throwing.  It has to do with a legend about a giant cutting off peoples hands and throwing them into the river.

Anyway, the city was very nice and we got to do everything we wanted to do.  First we had Belgian waffles which were not exactly what we expected but still very good.  We saw the big church in the square (biggest church in the Lowlands,) and walked around the city checking different things out.  We also tried some fries since apparently Belgium is where "French" fries originated.  They were good.  We had them with mayonnaise and some kind of American sauce.  The American sauce (though we had no idea what it was,) was great.

We ducked into a cafĂ© during a short downpour and drank some Belgian Beer, also very good.  After some more walking around we bought some Belgian chocolates.  Wow is about all I can say.  These chocolates were some of the best I've ever had.  Even though they were quite expensive, they were well worth it.  Also at the chocolate store, we bought a liquor called Elixir D'Anvers with is native to Antwerp.  The lady at the store let us try some and we both liked it.

Finally we had diner at and then drove back home.  It was a good day.  I need to start taking more of these day trips.

One interesting thing that I noticed was there was a lot of English signs outside but not much English inside stores and restaurants.  I was being a translator for Marisa and I was actually doing an alright job (I hope.)  Some of the waiters/waitresses were speaking to Marisa in English and me in Dutch!  That was a pretty cool feeling.

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