Brussels

Last Weekend in Lille (LONDON) and Brussels:

After school on Friday I got these little chocolate filled beignets from this bakery called Paul, which is everywhere, and I am obsessed with them. Trying to find stores in Paris. I went back to my exchange student’s house to rest, and then at 1am we got up and took a 5 hour bus ride to London! We arrived at maybe 6:30 (awful and cold) and got Starbucks (equivalent of American embassy for me). It was so cool to see the main attractions of London like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace because I had never been. Was weird to hear people speaking english all of sudden! My favorite part had to be seeing the Ancient Egyptian exhibit at the British Museum, it was such a big collection and I was DYING (love ancient Egypt). It was pretty cold out but we did some awesome shopping on Oxford st., had dinner, and took the bus back at 11:30. I was really tired on Monday, which was a day off for the French students, but participated in an Easter egg hunt with my host family (the hunt got pretty intense) and had a fun last dinner with the french exchange students. I think my french is finally improving. I was so sad to leave Estelle and Lille on Tuesday, but Brussels is super cool and SUNNY! We hopped on and OFF on a hop on hop off bus and that was so interesting. Belgium is so cute with all the architecture and chocolate stores. I feel like all I’ve eaten is french fries and waffles and croque monsieur’s it’s awesome.

There’s a really good group here and I’m excited to take the TGV tomorrow, because trains are very cool.

-Shane

Hard to wake up!

Hard to wake up!

Saying good bye to the "correspondants"

Saying good bye to the “correspondants”

In the Royal Galerie - Brussels.

In the Royal Galerie – Brussels.

Admiring the Manneken pis.

Admiring the Manneken pis.

Yet an other round of chocolate waffles!

Yet an other round of chocolate waffles!

Having dinner in a belgian Brasserie.

Having dinner in a belgian Brasserie.

More French fries!

More French fries!

Elijah at a soccer game with Hakim.

Elijah at a soccer game with Hakim.

I had a great day on Saturday. In the afternoon as a group we played laser tag. After laser tag I did a little bit of shopping with Hakim. After shopping, we went back to Hakim’s house to prepare for the night. Saturday night we went to see the local soccer team play a game. Lille beat Reims, a team for the city just outside Paris, 3-1. It was a great experience and it’s always fun to watch soccer in Europe. Elijah